The province is extending $4.6 million in direct and immediate financial support to low-income Manitobans with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Disability Economic Support Program, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
“COVID-19 is creating new challenges and causing financial difficulties for some of our province’s most vulnerable people,” said Pallister. “Manitobans living with disabilities may be facing additional costs to adjust to the new realities of daily life during the pandemic. As we respond to these challenges together, our government is making an important investment to help address urgent needs.”
More than 23,000 Manitobans receive monthly benefits under the disability category of Employment and Income Assistance. Under the Disability Economic Support Program, each of these Manitobans will be mailed a $200 cheque in early June for one-time support. This payment will not be considered taxable income and will not affect any other benefits received.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hardship for many Manitobans with disabilities and this payment will provide economic relief to thousands of people,” said Janet Forbes, executive director, Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. “We appreciate the province recognizing the financial challenges faced by people with disabilities and providing additional support during this difficult time.”
The Disability Economic Support Program is part of the expanded Manitoba Protection Plan, a co-ordinated government response to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The premier noted this response includes the recently announced Seniors Economic Recovery Credit as well as plans to provide additional support to Manitoba’s essential workers.
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