Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities Program

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The Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities Program offers a wide range of employment focused services to assist adults with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment.


To be eligible for the Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities Program, a person must be:

  • a resident of Manitoba with a mental, psychiatric, learning or physical disability;
  • 16 years of age or older;
  • legally entitled to work in Manitoba and show a willingness to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

Applications for services must include proof of a qualifying disability diagnosed or assessed by an appropriate professional.

Services Available

Vocational Counselling: A Vocational Counsellor will assist in exploring vocational goals based on the individual's interests, abilities and skills.

Assessment: Specialized vocational assessments may be used to assist in identifying appropriate employment options and supports.

Vocational Planning: Planning is done on an individual basis to address each person's unique training or employment support needs. It may involve a single service, or a multi-year training plan that includes a variety of supports.

Vocational Training: Vocational training may include specific job development and/or post-secondary or other adult education courses.

Support Services: Support services may be provided to accommodate disability-related barriers to employment and may include supported employment, disability-related education expenses, sign language interpreting, provision of technical equipment, or building or vehicle modifications.

Direct Employment Services: These services may include job search, resume preparation, establishment of contacts with job placement agencies, job referral, training-on-the-job, and supports required to obtain or maintain employment.

Applying for Services

Employment-focused services for people with an intellectual, psychiatric or learning disability are provided through the regional offices of the Department of Families. For individuals with physical disabilities, services are provided through three designated agencies.

For more information

Individuals with an intellectual, psychiatric or learning disability may contact their regional Department of Families office. To find the office nearest to you, call Manitoba Government Inquiry at:

1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862)

TTY: 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)

or visit a Winnipeg Service Location or Rural and Northern Service Location in your area.

Designated Agencies

Individuals with a visual disability may contact:

Manitoba Division
1080 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M3
Phone: 204-774-5421
Toll-free: 1-800-552-4893
ITY Deaf Access Line: 204-775-9802
Fax: 204-775-5090

Individuals with a spinal cord injury may contact:

Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA)
Manitoba Division
825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1MS
Phone: 204-786-4753
Toll-free: 1-800-720-4933
Fax: 204-786-1140

Individuals with other physical disabilities, including the Deaf or hard of hearing, may contact:

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD)
825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
Phone: 204-975-3010
Toll-free: 1-866-282-8041
TTY Deaf Access: 204-975-3012
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-225-9108
TTY Deaf Services: 204-975-3083
Fax: 204-975-3073

NoteThe Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities Program is cost shared by the Government of Canada under the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities.