Employment & Income Assistance
Employment & Income Assistance (EIA) program - provides financial help to Manitobans who have no other way to provide for their basic needs. For people able to work, EIA can help you get employment by providing supports. Apply for EIA by calling 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg or 1-877-812-0014 outside Winnipeg. EIA provides a range of benefits to help meet basic assistance needs (food, clothing, household needs).

Rent Assist - a monthly shelter-related financial benefit to help low-income Manitobans who pay rent in the private market. It is available to households on EIA who have shelter costs and to low-income Manitobans renting in the private market who are not on EIA.

  • For those receiving EIA - If living in unsubsidized housing, the Rent Assist benefit is automatically included with the monthly EIA payments. Eligibility is assessed when you apply for EIA and is based on the number of family members, and whether utility costs (e.g., heat, electricity, water) are included in the rent.
  • For those not receiving EIA [pdf application] - If living in eligible private rental or board and room spaces, a monthly benefit may be available and will vary depending on the annual income of each adult (in the household). Apply online for non-EIA Rent Assist or call Provincial  Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-877-587-6224 outside Winnipeg to have an application form mailed to you.

Need Help with EIA?

Community Unemployed Help Centre – provides information and help with Employment Insurance (EI) or with  Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) problems. Call 204-942-6556 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-866-942-6556 outside Winnipeg or email cuhc@cuhc.mb.ca.

Fair Practices Office - provides confidential and impartial assistance to Manitobans applying for or receiving services from Department of Families' programs who feel they have not been treated fairly - including concerns with the Employment and Income Assistance program. The Fair Practices Office investigates complaints, mediates disputes and makes recommendations on individual cases to program staff based on investigation outcomes.

Social Service Appeal Board (SSAB) - provides a formal and independent appeal process for decisions about EIA eligibility and benefits. SSAB reviews appeals for the marketAbilities Program, and other programs offered by Manitoba Families.

Finding Work

Canada Benefits Finderoffers you help getting back to work, temporary income support, and skills training. Canada benefits can help connect you with appropriate programs and services – truly a one-stop shop. Similarly, you will find information to help with your housing and health needs whether you are a newcomer to Canada, a person with a disability, or an Indigenous person. Try the online benefits finder to get a customized list of federal and provincial programs and services. 

Training and Employment Services (formerly Employment Manitoba) – helps Manitobans prepare for, find and keep employment and support for training to meet labour market needs. A wide range of employment and training services are offered through partnerships with community-based organizations and employers. Call 204-945-0575 (Winnipeg) or toll-free 1-866-332-5077 (outside Winnipeg) or email mjsd@gov.mb.ca.

Jobs on Market - provides help with finding a job for individuals who are applying for or receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA). Staff will provide quick support to participants to identify service needs, make referrals, and encourage progress throughout the job search. On-site services include resume development, identifying job leads, and direct marketing to employers. Visit 128 Market Avenue in Winnipeg, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or call 204-948-JOBS (5627).



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