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Klinic 50 Years

Our Roots

Addressing the Problem

A volunteer group of medical students and physicians forms the Committee Representing Youth Problems Today (CRYPT) drop-in centre, assisting transients and local youth with medical, transportation, and drug-related problems.

Here to help wherever you are

Through a grant from the Manitoba Health Services Commission, CRYPT begins offering services to assist people having difficulties when using drugs. These services included Klinic, a 24-hour crisis line, and the mobile Crisis Bus.

Facing challenges

Funding is discontinued. The only services offered are telephone counselling, completely by volunteers, and the Crisis Bus. Strong advocacy from staff and volunteers helps secure funding, moving to 567 Broadway.


On April 25, all services are incorporated under the name Klinic. The organization hires its first professional staff member, a psychologist, begins training volunteers, and launches Pregnancy Information Services which would become Women’s Health Clinic in 1981.

Responding to sexual violence
Klinic staff in Minneapolis in 1985

Klinic expands its programs to include Rape Crisis Services, obstetrics and pediatrics (1983), and Evolve (1986). Rape Crisis Services would later become the Sexual Assault Crisis Program (2000) and then Hummingbird (2024).

Community is everywhere
Wilson house on Broadway

Klinic moves to Wilson House at 545 Broadway. In 1990, after 18 years on Broadway, Klinic would move to 870 Portage Avenue where it would stay for the next 30 years.

Creating informed communities

Klinic launches public education programming and Teen Talk. Community Drop-In Counselling becomes available in 2001. In 2008, satellite programs can be found at the University of Winnipeg (Klinic on Campus) and Technical-Vocational High School (Teen Klinic).

Later public education projects include the Suicide Postvention Education Awareness Knowledge (SPEAK) program in 2010, the Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre in 2011, and Project Choices in 2012.

Responding to humanitarian crises

Klinic responds to public crises including operating the Flood Stress Line during the flood of 1997, providing primary care to refugees of the Kosovo War, and supporting Winnipeg’s emergency rooms during the influenza outbreak in 1998. In 2022, Klinic would collaborate with Shared Health and other service delivery organizations to provide mental health services to Ukrainians arriving in Manitoba as a result of the Russo-Ukrainian war.

Just a call away

Klinic expanded its operation of crisis lines to include the Manitoba Farm and Rural Stress Line (now the Manitoba Farm, Rural, and Northern Support Services) in 2000, the Manitoba Suicide Line (now the Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line) in 2008, and others. In 2023, Klinic became a proud partner in the 9-8-8 National Suicide Crisis Helpline.

Flourishing with diversity

The first Manitoba Transgender Clinic is established at Klinic. In 2023, Trans Health Klinic would receive two years of funding to double the size of the team, including the addition of three peer support workers.

Facing the drug poisoning epidemic

Klinic provides on-campus sexual assault counselling services at the University of Manitoba and trauma counselling for the Manitoba Opioid Support and Treatment program. In 2019, Klinic launches the Mobile Management Withdrawal Service.


Moving back to its roots in West Broadway in 2020, Klinic is transforming its model of care while continuing to provide primary and mental health care services to better serve the community.

50 years of Klinic

Klinic is incredibly honoured to celebrate such a milestone! For our birthday wish, we hope to walk alongside, support, and listen to all the communities we serve for another 50.

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This fiscal year, despite continued structural deficits in our funding, Klinic finished the year with a small surplus of $5,667 and a total revenue of $18.5 million.

We are very grateful for the combined support of donors and our funding and service partners.

funding $18.5M
Surplus pie chart
donations $72,593
Janellyn Marcial
Winnipeg Regional health authority
Government of Manitoba
Shared Health Manitoba
988 suicide crisis helpline
University of Winnipeg
Workers Compensation board of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
  • Strengthen relations with Indigenous community members and apply Indigenous ways of knowing and being in our work
  • Dismantle discriminatory structures and practices to build a more inclusive organization
  • Co‐design and implement anti‐racist and anti‐oppressive strategies with community

There is so much room to grow. We’re only getting started.