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Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and Services in Manitoba

Designated Service Delivery System 

marketAbilities Program is delivered by Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs, Regional Health Authorities and by designated agencies funded by Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs. 

Employment-focused services for people with a mental, psychiatric or learning disability are provided through the regional offices of Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs.

For individuals with physical disabilities, services are provided through three designated agencies:

  1. The Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Inc. - provides vocational services to individuals with a physical disability including Deaf or Hard of hearing.(excluding individuals with a visual disability or spinal cord injuries). 
  2. The Canadian Paraplegic Association - provides vocational services to individuals with spinal cord injuries. 
  3. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind - provides vocational services to individuals with a visual disability.
  4. Self-Directed Option - This service option is described in Section 178 and allows eligible participants who require minimal or no support to prepare a vocational plan to access funding from the Individualized Vocational Rehabilitation Training.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program may provide the following assistance to participants who are pursuing self-employment or a home-based business: 

  1. Costs of disability related support services (as described in the Vocational Rehabilitation Manual Section 166) 
  2. Where start up funds are not available through other sources, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program may provide up to $2000 towards initial start-up costs such as the purchase of small equipment, tools, office machines, or essential office and record keeping supplies. 
  3. Financial assistance for individuals to undertake specific skills training, or business management training related to the entrepreneurial venture, and/or related to the effective use of disability related technical aids or devices.