If you are not able to earn income because of health issues or a disability, there are some government programs that might help you:
- Canada Pension Plan– Disability Beneﬁts - If you worked and contributed to CPP you may be able to get a disability pension until you turn 65. Apply online or call 1-800-277-9914 to have an application kit mailed to you.
- Employment and Income Assistance– Disability Beneﬁts - Persons with disabilities receive additional EIA beneﬁts, including the Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (IAPD) of $105 monthly. More details available in their brochure at Employment and Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities [pdf]. If prescribed by a health practitioner, persons with disabilities may be eligible for:
- Special diets due to medical problems
- Coverage for transportation or phone costs due to medical needs
- Additional health-related/medical supplies/equipment and not covered under any other program
You might qualify for additional federal tax benefits such as the following. Call 1-800-387-1193. Note: If you are blind or partially-sighted, you can get CRA publications and personalized correspondence in Braille, large print, electronic text, or MP3 by going to CRA - About Multiple Formats or by calling 1-800-959-8281.
- Disability Tax Credit – A tax credit that can reduce your taxes or be transferred to a spouse/partner to reduce theirs. The Canada Revenue Agency must approve the credit before you can make a claim.
- Working Income Tax Beneﬁt – Disability Supplement – An additional refundable amount tops up the working income tax beneﬁt if you are also eligible for the disability tax credit.
- Refundable Medical Expense Supplement – A refundable credit that can be claimed on the tax return of working individuals with low incomes and high medical expenses.
- Registered Disability Savings Plan – A program that allows you to save for the future without losing any of your EIA-D beneﬁts. The government will match your savings up to 300%. Even if you have a low income and cannot put money in your plan, the government may give you up to $1,000 each year.
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) - Provides programs and services to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Call 204-975-3010 in Winnipeg or toll-free at 1-866-282-8041. TTY 204-975-3083. Email email@example.com.
Specialized Services for Children & Youth (SCCY) - An initiative focused on the integration and, where possible, co-location of services for Manitoba children and youth wwith disabilities and special needs. Call 204-452-4311.