The second phase of consultations for a new income support program for people with severe and prolonged disabilities has been launched by the province.

Families Minister Rochelle Squires made the announcement today saying the government is committed to supporting Manitobans with disabilities.

“This second consultation phase is an opportunity to provide additional feedback that will help us develop the program to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe and prolonged disabilities.”

The first virtual focus group consultations are scheduled for February 2nd and 4th. During the first phase of consultations early last year, hundreds of Manitobans shared their views online and in-person on the design of the new program.

This round will focus on ways to develop key components of the new disability income support program particularly accessible and informed service navigation options.

Right now, Manitobans with disabilities who require income support are eligible for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), whereas several other provinces offer separate programs tailored to the unique needs of that population.

To take the survey or sign up for a virtual engagement session, click here

The deadline for completing the online survey is Feb. 26.