Resources and services for Manitobans with disabilities

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In Manitoba, inclusion is taken very seriously. Everyone has the opportunity to belong to a community and become an integral and functioning part of society. Disabled Manitobans are no exception. Physical or mental disability is one of the characteristics protected from discrimination in the Human Rights Code (Human Rights and Reasonable Accommodations). Moreover, the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) was made into law to “provide a proactive process to remove barriers affecting persons with disabilities and many other citizens”. This law ensures that the government and public sector organizations will continue to improve opportunities, utilities and infrastructure following accessibility standards to remove barriers to participation. These relate to:

  1. Employment
  2. Accommodation
  3. Built environment
    • facilities, infrastructures and premises
    • public transportation and transportation infrastructure
  4. Delivery and receipt of goods, services and information
  5. Prescribed activity or undertaking

Services for people with disabilities

There are several government and not-for-profit organizations that provide free information, support, and services in Manitoba. The following are links for more information:

Information for Manitobans with Disabilities – this is a collection of fact sheets that answer most commonly asked questions. The easy-to-read collection includes fact sheets on Services and Programs for Children and Services and Programs for Adults (from services for health/therapy to employment and training). They can be downloaded in pdf format.

Children’s disABILITY services –additional link to family supports for children with disabilities.

Community Living disABILITY (or Support services for vulnerable persons living with a mental disability) – details a broad range of programs for eligible persons delivered through Manitoba Family Services. Aside from sustained support from a community service worker, they have residential services (living option supports), day services (supports for vocational, social and personal care needs) and other supports.

Income Assistance – Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
This provides financial and employment assistance to adults with disability enrolled in the Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA).


Ability Axis – this is a project of Diversity World, a training and consulting company. The initiative aims to increase the workforce participation rate of Manitobans with disabilities. They provide information and networking services, participate in provincial government committees, and organize special events like training seminars for employers, the Disability Employment Awareness Month, and an Employment Expo. Ability Axis also compiles links to other Manitoba organizations that provide employment services to disabled Manitobans: Organizations

Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES) – promotes the employment of people with physical disabilities and/or health conditions. They offer employment counselling and consultation services. They connect job-seekers with employers.

Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba – offers information, referral, support, advocacy and use of its library to anyone affected by cerebral palsy or those interested in working with people affected by cerebral palsy. On its website are online resources for information, services and other resources for persons with disabilities.

Epic Opportunities– provides holistic, person-centred supports to people with intellectual disabilities and promotes inclusive communities. It also compiles links to other Manitoba organizations and resources support disabled Manitobans who want supported independent living: Resources

Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC) – provides a wide array of community and advocacy services. The organization is committed to providing resources related to independent living needs. They also conduct trainings for people who wish to work with people with disabilities.

Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities – a membership-based not-for-profit corporation and registered charity. The organization promotes equal rights and full participation in society through advocacy and public education.

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities – provides a wide range of programs from education and work training to counselling and therapy for children, youth and adults with disabilities.


Transit Plus (formerly known as Handi-transit) are cars, wheelchair-accessible mini vans and mini buses that are offered as a door-to-door service for persons with disabilities. You have to apply for this service. Read the Transit Plus page for information on eligibility, registration, trip requests, fare and other inquiries.

Important terms:

Access/Accessibility – Barrier-free access to places, events and other functions that are generally available to the community (The Accessibility for Manitobans Act).

Barrier – A barrier (for a person with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability)is anything that interacts with that disability in a way that may hinder the person’s full and effective participation in society on an equal basis (The Accessibility for Manitobans Act).

EIA – The Employment and Income Assistance program provides basic financial and medical benefits to Manitobans who need assistance.

Reasonable accommodation – Changes done to meet a special need of a person. The need must be a characteristic protected by the Code, such as religion, ethnic background and disability (Manitoba Human Rights Commission).

Sources: Manitoba government website (Human Rights and Reasonable Accommodations), The Accessibility for Manitobans Act. Accessed June 1, 2017.

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