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 1-855-944-8111 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 204-948-7368 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-877-587-6224 outside Winnipeg to have an application form mailed to you.

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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. This 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 related to eligibility for the Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities Program, and other programs offered by Manitoba Families.



Resources and Benefits

Booklet (2020)

Project summary