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Manitoba to Launch New Programs for Workers

June 19, 2014 2:06 PM | News

Theresa Oswald

Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Two new programs rolled out by the Manitoba government will assist those on income assistance to find employment in the province, while also assisting them in paying their rent.

Community-based organizations will help more than 250 employment and income assistance (EIA) participants through the Manitoba Works! Co-operative Work Experience Program.

“Employers have told us that more skilled workers are necessary so they can expand and grow, while community advocates have told us that greater supports are necessary to help those in need,” said Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald. “Manitoba Works! and Rent Assist will help low-income Manitobans succeed at work and increase their income, while also helping Manitoba’s economy meet the growing demand for skilled workers.”

The Rent Assist program is a new financial benefit available to both social assistance recipients and other low-income Manitobans. Rent Assist will replace the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs.

The province is also increasing the share individuals on EIA receive to live in private rental accommodations of $50 and $70 per month for shelter costs. Single individuals will now receive $435 per month, compared to the previous $365 per month.