The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council evolved after World War II when "displaced persons" had to declare their religious affiliation to enter the country. Various denominations sought to help their own integrate in Canada with assistance provided in ports of entry. With common goals and interest in immigration and immigration policy, an organization of different churches grew together. By 1960 the National Interfaith Immigration Committee was formed with regional offices working under their own guidelines. The Manitoba Regional Council, established in 1968, gave social and moral support to newcomers through the work of volunteers. The first part-time employee was provided for with funds from the Federal Department of Employment and Immigration. From 1976 to 1979 she helped newcomers adjust to Manitoba. Office space and expenses were provided by church denominations.
In 1980 St. Andrew's Elgin United Church met with Interfaith to respond to the influx of Indochinese refugees. With the help of money raised by churches and a federal grant, a Southeast Asian Community Worker was hired. In 1982 and 1983 federal and provincial grants continued and expanded services with another Community Worker and a Coordinator.
The services offered now rely on funding from the Federal Government, the Provincial Government of Manitoba, private foundations, individual donors and the faith community.
In 2001 services include paralegal services to refugee claimants, assistance with family sponsorships, information and advice for refugees overseas and a complete range of services (reception, settlement) to government and privately sponsored refugees. In 2000 the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council signed an agreement with the government of Canada to sponsor "family linked" refugees and submits sponsorships for refugee family members recommended by "constituency" groups from the Manitoba ethnocultural community.
The current staff complement of over 60 people, plus numerous volunteers, provides the services. The majority of the staff are immigrants and/or refugees and are able to provide services in 22 languages.
The Board of Directors of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council is composed of appointed representatives of faith groups. All faiths are welcome to appoint representatives.