Dignified Incomes for Persons with Disabilities

Many Manitobans with severe, profound or permanent disabilities are unable to work to enjoy economic independence. The barriers they face in the labour market require reliance on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) to meet their basic needs.

EIA was designed as a last resort to provide short-term assistance during transitional periods of employment. It was not created to provide a dignified income for people with disabilities.

Alternative income programs in Saskatchewan and Alberta are making a significant difference in the quality of life and inclusion for people with severe and prolonged disabilities. Manitoba should have one, too, because everyone should have access to a dignified income.

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