Manitoba EIA Payment Dates and Benefits (2021)

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 MonthEIA Payment Dates
April 2021March 29, 2021
May 2021April 28, 2021
June 2021May 27, 2021
July 2021June 28, 2021
August 2021July 28, 2021
September 2021August 27, 2021
October 2021September 28, 2021
November 2021October 27, 2021
December 2021November 26, 2021
January 2022December 29, 2021
February 2022January 27, 2022
March 2022February 24, 2022
April 2022March 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.

That makes EIA more flexible than some other provincial social assistance benefits like Ontario Works, Alberta AISH, British Columbia PWD and so on.

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.  

EIA Benefits

The EIA benefit can be categorized into 2:

Income Support

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 payment amounts for general assistance and EIA payment dates.

Employment Assistance

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.

Financial Need

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.

You can get additional information on the application process for EIA by contacting your local EIA office in Winnipeg and outside Winnipeg.

Alternatively, you may call using these numbers: 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg or 1-877-812-0014 (Toll-free).

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9 thoughts on “Manitoba EIA Payment Dates and Benefits (2021)”

  1. Not sure if I can get any help??? But I have been trying anyone and anything I can find to ask for help. I need help with going through my taxes 2012 to 2018 and then filling my 2019 and 2020 taxes. I am going through a messy separation and I have learnt so much and my taxes I do not agree with something I can see online. We share custody of our two boys somehow my ex now is getting full child tax and I owe $3000.00 back to childs tax and I have not received any help. I’m struggling and need help.

    • Hi Rose-Anna,

      I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through. You can start by checking with one of the Free Tax Clinic in partnership with CRA. If they can’t help with your specific situation, they should be able to point you in the right direction.

      Here are some links to get you started: The General Information Page and Directory of clinics

      The link to the directory is also on the general information page.

      Hope that helps.

  2. I always get my EIA payment direct deposit with my CPPD deposit it was put in on friday night sometime or friday. but i still haven’t got my EIA direct deposit for the 29th and when it usually falls on a weekend it goes in on that friday after midnight sometime. has anyone else not received there EIA direct deposit for April the payment set for Mar 29th, usually comes in the weekday before? I have never seen this happen before not getting it before the actual date of deposit and it won’t go in Sunday as banks are closed therefore my other years I looked back and sure enough in same situation got it that friday/saterday around 2am 4-am

    thank you.

    • oh my gosh rob, I never got mine too and thanks to you, i’ll sleep well tonight, knowing i’m not the only one!! I am going to check my mailbox and see if I’ve forgotten to fill in paperwork for a review that we have to do a few times a year. I doubt it though. I am checking at midnight. this has NEVER happened to me either. I thought I would’ve gotten it perhaps on Saturday too like you early in the morning. so, I’ve come to the conclusion that our funds got deposited on Friday but the “system” got full and slowed down or something and we’ll be getting it Tuesday after midnight. if not I am fu&^ed because I have bills to pay and need the cash ASAP. again, thanks for posting because I was getting panicky!!

  3. I talked to my worker today and it turns out that I hadn’t filled out my ANNUAL REVIEW. I am going there in the morning and he’ll release the funds, to be received in 2 business days. now I can sleep well as I was left panicking ALL NIGHT!! my mother agreed to help me out for a few days so I can BREATHE now!! I sincerely hope everyone receives their payment!! good luck.

  4. I’m just wondering bc I just recently started a new job and I’m just wondering if I make over $200 a month when I fill out the declaration form how much would EIA take off my check every month

    • Hi Cora,
      You’ll be able to keep 30% of any amount above $200. For example, if you earned $500 in a month – The first $200 will be exempt. Also, $90 which is 30% of $300 ($500 – $200) is also exempt for a total exemption of $290. That means, your cheque will be reduced by $210.


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