Employment and Income Assistance

For Persons with Disabilities

Introduction

The Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA) provides financial help to Manitobans who have no other way to support themselves or their families. For people who are able to work, EIA will help them go back to work by providing supports to employment. EIA recipients also get Rent Assist if they need help with their shelter and utility costs.

This web page provides general information about the program; how to apply; who should apply; and the rights and responsibilities that apply to you and the program. Everyone’s situation is different, so if you need more details about what you may be able to get through EIA, contact your local EIA office.

How to Apply for EIA

For more information on how to apply for EIA, contact your local EIA office.

Phone: 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg

Toll free: 1-877-812-0014

1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service); or go to our website

Winnipeg Locations

Outside of Winnipeg Locations

After-hours emergency support may be available if you have a crisis that cannot wait until regular business hours. For emergency support, call 204-945-0183 in Winnipeg or toll free at 1-866-559-6778.

To Receive EIA as a Person with a Disability

  • You live in Manitoba and are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have a mental or physical disability that is likely to last more than 90 days and this disability keeps you from earning enough money to pay for your or your family’s basic needs.
  • You are in financial need. (See below for more details.)

Financial Need

You may be eligible for assistance if the total cost of your or your family’s monthly basic needs and shelter costs are more than your total financial resources. Your financial resources are based on your income and assets.

For EIA, the cost of basic needs is based on:

  • the EIA basic allowance amount for your family size, the number of people in the family, their ages and relationships to each other
  • the cost of some of your ongoing medical needs

Rent Assist is based on the cost of your shelter, utilities and fuel.

Sources of Income

Your income may come from part of the money you earn from working, self-employment, child or spousal support payments, rent or room and board amounts paid to you, allowances, pensions, insurance benefits, financial settlements from an injury or lawsuit, business or farm profits, interest, dividends, sponsorship payments, inheritances, windfalls (winnings) or income in-kind.

EIA does not count some income as your financial resources. Some examples are:

  • part of the money you earn from working (see Earnings Exemption section for details)
  • part of rent or room and board paid to you
  • ongoing cash contributions of up to $500 per month from family or friends
  • foster home maintenance payments
  • Canada Child Benefit
  • tax credit refunds
  • Manitoba Prenatal Benefit Program benefits
  • earnings of children who are in school or an EIA-approved program, full-time
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan withdrawals

Financial Assets

Your assets may be cash, money in bank accounts, investments, bonds, insurance policies, property or real estate, collections or valuables, trust funds or vehicles.

EIA does not count some assets as your financial resources. Some examples are:

  • any money (called ‘liquid assets’) up to $4,000 per person to a maximum of $16,000 per family
  • your main home (called a ‘primary residence’), automobiles and other essential property
  • children’s trust funds up to $40,000
  • Registered Education Savings Plans
  • approved Individual Development Accounts
  • EIA Disability Trust Funds
  • Registered Disability Savings Plans

These are only examples. Staff can tell you what income and assets affect you.

Single Grants for Medical Equipment and Supplies

If you can pay for your basic living costs, but cannot afford to pay for your or your family’s health needs, you may be eligible for health care costs.

Manitoba Benefits

Income support

EIA, Rent Assist and the federal government provide benefits to eligible Manitobans as listed in the table below.

EIA and Rent Assist provide benefits to help with the costs of things that are necessary for your health and well-being.You decide how to spend your total income on things like food, clothing, personal needs, household supplies and shelter.

Rent Assist may also pay actual costs for your utilities (water, hydro and fuel), if they are not already included in your rent.

EIA also provides a benefit to help with the cost of living with a disability in the community (Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities).

Some goods and services cost more in Northern Manitoba; EIA provides the Northern Allowance to cover some of the extra costs.

Total Monthly Tax-Free Income*
As of July 1, 2017
Provincial plus Federal Benefits for Persons with a Disability

 

     

One Adult

Two Adults

Number of
Children

Age of Children

Provincial

Federal

Total Income

Provincial

Federal

Total Income

12-17

7-11

0-6

No children

-

-

-

$999

$28

$1,027

$1,298

$47

$1,344

1

1

-

-

$1,408

$509

$1,917

$1,628

$509

$2,137

-

1

-

$1,368

$509

$1,877

$1,589

$509

$2,098

-

-

1

$1,336

$592

$1,928

$1,556

$592

$2,149

2

2

-

-

$1,590

$971

$2,562

$1,800

$971

$2,771

-

2

-

$1,511

$971

$2,482

$1,720

$971

$2,691

-

-

2

$1,446

$1,138

$2,584

$1,656

$1,138

$2,793

1

1

-

$1,551

$971

$2,522

$1,760

$971

$2,731

-

1

1

$1,479

$1,055

$2,533

$1,688

$1,055

$2,742

1

-

1

$1,518

$1,055

$2,573

$1,728

$1,055

$2,782

3

3

-

-

$1,762

$1,433

$3,195

$2,182

$1,433

$3,615

-

3

-

$1,642

$1,433

$3,076

$2,062

$1,433

$3,496

-

-

3

$1,546

$1,683

$3,229

$1,966

$1,683

$3,649

2

1

-

$1,722

$1,433

$3,155

$2,142

$1,433

$3,575

2

-

1

$1,690

$1,517

$3,206

$2,110

$1,517

$3,627

-

2

1

$1,610

$1,517

$3,127

$2,030

$1,517

$3,547

1

2

-

$1,682

$1,433

$3,115

$2,102

$1,433

$3,536

1

-

2

$1,618

$1,600

$3,218

$2,038

$1,600

$3,638

-

1

2

$1,578

$1,600

$3,178

$1,998

$1,600

$3,598

1

1

1

$1,650

$1,517

$3,167

$2,070

$1,517

$3,587

 * The rates shown above are for persons with disabilities living in community settings. For two adult families, the rates shown above assume one adult is a person with a disability. Provincial benefits listed in the table include EIA and Rent Assist. Federal benefits listed in the table may include the Goods and Services Tax credit and the Canada Child Benefit. Benefit amounts are subject to change. Any changes occurring after July 1, 2017 are not reflected in the table amounts.

Direct Deposit

EIA will deposit your benefits directly into your bank or credit union. Direct deposit is automatic, reliable, safe and secure. Speak to staff for more information.

Employment Assistance

Most EIA participants must look for work. This is called a “work expectation.” Here is what you should know about your responsibilities and the help staff can provide.

Persons with disabilities are not required to look for work in order to receive EIA. You are encouraged to take advantage of EIA’s employment services voluntarily.

When you have a work expectation, or you decide to prepare for and get a job, staff will help you. You and staff will set an action plan that matches your needs and abilities. EIA can also help with employment and training programs, self-employment, benefits and services.

EIA may provide extra money to help you with your approved action plan. It may help with:

  • child care expenses
  • transportation costs
  • work expenses like work clothing or work boots
  • telephone costs, if needed for a job
  • up to $25 per month for miscellaneous expenses, when you’re in an approved training program

If your situation changes, or you are having problems with your action plan, you must talk to EIA staff about changing it.

Supporting Transitions to Rewarding Work

Programs and benefits that help you move from EIA to work, increasing the benefits of working and helping you to stay independent of EIA.

Get Ready!

Under the Get Ready! policy, you may continue to receive EIA benefits while you attend a training or education program for up to four years. Your plan will be developed based on the help or training you need to find a job that will support you and your family.

Earnings Exemption

EIA is designed to ensure you will always have more money when you work. The earnings exemption allows you to keep the first $200 of your net monthly earnings. It also allows you to keep 30 per cent of any amount you earn over $200, before your EIA benefits are reduced.

An Income Declaration Statement is mailed to you each month. This is a form you must fill out after you get your last pay for the month. You must also attach your original pay stubs and child care receipts and send everything to the address listed on the form. After staff have this information, they will work out how much you will receive from EIA.

Leaving EIA

You may be eligible for some benefits as you move to work, or a training program funded by the department and no longer receive EIA.

  • Rewarding Work Health Plan gives prescription drug, dental and optical benefits for up to two years for eligible single parents and their children who move from EIA to work or who start receiving a living allowance while attending a training program funded by the department.