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December 13, 2019

PROVINCE PROVIDES UPDATE ON CONSULTATIONS FOR NEW INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM



Hundreds of Manitobans have shared their views online and in-person on the design of a new income support program for people with severe and prolonged disabilities, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Since our government met its 100-day commitment and launched the first phase of consultations, we have been fortunate to hear the views of Manitobans with disabilities, their families, community members and others who want to help ensure we get this right,” said Stefanson.  “These insights will help guide our work.  I would encourage all Manitobans who want to share their opinions to participate in the online survey and become engaged in the process.”

Over 140 people have participated in focus group consultations in Winnipeg, Steinbach, Brandon and Thompson.  To date, more than 300 submissions have been received from the online consultation at https://engagemb.ca/.  Manitobans can continue to submit their views until Jan. 31, 2020.

The minister noted there will be additional opportunities for Manitobans to provide input into the design of this program in the future, as the program is developed and implemented.

Currently, individuals with disabilities may be eligible for Employment and Income Assistance if they have a mental or physical illness or disability that prevents them from supporting themselves.  The new program being developed by Manitoba will be similar to the separate income support programs offered in other provinces for people with severe and prolonged disabilities.

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