If you are not able to earn income because of health issues or a disability, there are some provincial government programs that might help you.
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Community Living disABILITY Services - provides a range of support services for adults with an intellectual disability. The program supports eligible adults to live safe, inclusive lives in the community.
Children's disABILITY Services - supports families who are raising a child/children with developmental or physical disabilities. See Manitoba Regional Offices to find a location near you.
Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) – Disability Beneﬁts - Persons with disabilities receive additional EIA beneﬁts, including the Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (IAPD). If prescribed by a health practitioner, persons receiving income assistance 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
More information at Employment and Income Assistance - Disability and Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (EAPD)
Children's Therapy Initiative (CTI) - coordinates audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology services for children across Manitoba. Referrals for therapy services may be made by parents, caregivers, doctors, or other clinicians to the regional central intake for CTI.
Specialized Services for Children & Youth (SCCY) - an initiative focused on the integration, coordination, and, where possible, co-location of community-based services for Manitoba children and youth with disabilities and special needs. Call 204-452-4311.
Information for Manitobans with Disabilities - provides user-friendly information about services available for people with disabilities in Manitoba, answering the most commonly asked questions raised by individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and service providers.
Manitoba Possible (formerly Society for Manitobans with Disabilities) - 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 outside Winnipeg. TTY 204-975-3083. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (LDAM) - provides support, advocacy and programming for individuals impacted by learning disabilities. Call 204-774-1821 or email email@example.com.
Additional federal benefits that you might qualify for are listed below, or call 1-800-387-1193 for more information.
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP) –Disability Beneﬁts - If you contributed to the CPP you may be eligible for CPP disability benefits. Apply online or call 1-800-277-9914 or visit a Service Canada centre to obtain a paper copy of the application form.
- Disability Tax Credit – a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons to reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Canada Revenue Agency must approve the credit before you can make a claim
- Child Disability Benefit - a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
- Canada Workers Benefit Disability Supplement (previously Working Income Tax Benefit) – an additional refundable amount tops up the Canada Workers 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.
Options for using the Registered Disability Savings Plan are described more fully at Canada Disability Savings Grant and Canada Disability Savings Bond. You do not need to make contributions to get the bond, but you do need to make contributions to qualify for the grant.