Persons Living with Disabilities
If you are not able to earn income because of health issues or a disability, there are some government programs that might help you:

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

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.




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