About

Knowles Centre is a community-based, nonprofit social service agency for children, adolescents and young adults facing difficult times in their lives. It began as a home for boys in 1907, and today provides a range of therapeutic and skills-based programs to young people from Manitoba and other communities throughout Canada.

Our mission is to help young people and their families to address past struggles, to develop healthier relationships and ways of life, and to reach their full potential in the future. Depending on individual needs, clients are referred to one of six Knowles Centre's programs, which include:

  • Group Care Treatment Program
  • Treatment Foster Care Program
  • SAIL Program
  • Day Treatment Program
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
  • Moving Forward Therapeutic Counselling

In addition, we offer or arrange support services that complement our core programs, including:

  • Biimautaziiwin Aboriginal Cultural Program
  • Recreation Program
  • Culinary Arts Program (offered in partnership with RETSD)
  • John G. Stewart Camp & Outdoor Education Program
  • John G. Stewart School (River East Transcona School Division)
  • Access to psychiatric consultation

Knowles Centre is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization and is governed by an elected Board of Directors.

We are proud to be the only child and youth residential treatment centre in Manitoba accredited by the Council on Accreditation. This affirms that Knowles Centre has met a set of internationally established requirements that help ensure quality service and best-practice standards. Accreditation also provides assurance that Knowles Centre is performing services that the community needs, conducting its operations effectively, and managing its funds wisely.