This post covers the Manitoba Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) social assistance program. We’ll start off with the EIA payment dates for 2021 and part of 2022, the available benefits, eligibility and how to apply for the support.
Manitoba EIA Payment Dates 2021
The scheduled direct deposit dates for Manitoba EIA are:
|EIA Benefit Month||EIA Payment Dates|
|April 2021||March 29, 2021|
|May 2021||April 28, 2021|
|June 2021||May 27, 2021|
|July 2021||June 28, 2021|
|August 2021||July 28, 2021|
|September 2021||August 27, 2021|
|October 2021||September 28, 2021|
|November 2021||October 27, 2021|
|December 2021||November 26, 2021|
|January 2022||December 29, 2021|
|February 2022||January 27, 2022|
|March 2022||February 24, 2022|
|April 2022||March 29, 2022|
EIA payments are always issued a few days before the end of each month (about 3 business days) to ensure that participants receive their benefits by the first day of the benefit month.
Note that the payment dates in the table above apply to both existing and new clients.
However, participants may also receive their benefits outside of the scheduled dates above. This is because EIA works with beneficiaries to match the monthly benefits payment dates to their personal circumstances.
As a result, some participants receive their EIA benefits weekly, bi-weekly or on a mid-monthly basis.
What is Manitoba EIA?
Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) is a Manitoba Government social assistance program that provides financial help to those in need that have no other means of supporting themselves.
It covers housing costs, health-related supplies, employment support for those who can work and many more.
The EIA program has 3 categories, namely EIA for single parents, EIA for persons with a disability and EIA for the general assistance category.
The EIA benefit can be categorized into 2:
The EIA income support is a combination of both provincial and federal government benefits to eligible Manitoba residents.
The provincial benefit includes Rent Assist, a program that covers the housing and utilities costs of those receiving EIA benefits and other low-income renters in Manitoba.
How much you can receive depends on your family unit size, other income and some other factors unique to you.
For example, the maximum EIA benefit for a single person without a disability or dependents is $796. While a couple with no kid can also receive up to $1,104 in both provincial and federal benefits.
EIA has a concept called “work expectation.” It simply means that most recipients are expected to look for work.
However, the work expectation may not be applicable to all participants. For example, parents are only expected to work when their children are above 2 years old. Also, certain people with disabilities that prevents them from working will also be excluded.
The EIA staff will work with each participant to develop an action plan that matches their unique needs, abilities and situation. The program can also provide employment, self-employment and training programs to beneficiaries.
This may include extra money to cover things like child-care, work-related expenses for work clothing and boots, miscellaneous expenses, and a monthly Rewarding Work Allowance of $100.
Manitoba EIA Eligibility
The eligibility criteria for EIA are quite different and varies depending on the category of assistance.
Obviously, all applicants for EIA must be Manitoba residents.
To receive EIA as a single parent or in the general assistance category, the participant must be aged between 18 and 65 years.
However, the age requirement for a person with a disability is 16.
This is perhaps the most important eligibility factor for EIA. To be eligible for EIA, an applicant’s (and their family’s) total monthly cost for basic needs and shelter must be higher than their financial resources.
The cost of basic needs under EIA is based on the EIA basic allowance amount for the participant’s family size and the cost of some of their medical needs.
Financial resources are assessed using income and assets.
Income: This includes earnings from employment, allowances, pensions, child or spousal supports, interest, dividends etc. A few income sources are excluded such as tax refunds, occasional gifts, Canada Child Benefit, part of employment income and so on
Assets: Some assets such as cash, bank accounts, insurance policies, valuables, trust funds and so on are considered in determining an applicant’s financial need. However, some assets do not count. They include primary residence, liquid cash ($4,000 per person and up to $16,000 for a family), children’s trust fund up to $40,000, RESPs etc.
How to Apply for EIA
Application for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) starts with a pre-intake orientation appointment with an EIA staff.
The EIA staff will provide an orientation of the program including your rights and responsibilities while on EIA, documents and information requirements and so on.
After this, an intake appointment will be scheduled for you to complete the EIA application.
As part of the application, you’ll also be required to provide proof of your income and assets. You should take all the documents and support needed along to your intake appointment.
You can download the application checklist here that contains all the documents and information needed to apply for EIA.
Alternatively, you may call using these numbers: 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg or 1-877-812-0014 (Toll-free).
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