Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Our goal is to assist adults with disabilities to find and maintain employment.

There is no fee to participate in our services.

Qualifications:

To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following eligibility conditions:

  1. A resident of Manitoba with a physical, neurological, Deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) disability
  2. Have the disability substantiated in writing by:
  1. 16+ years old
  2. A resident of Manitoba who is defined as "a person who makes his/her home, or is ordinarily present in Manitoba (has a Manitoba Medical Card or is registered to vote in Manitoba), but does not include a student who is a resident of another province or country and studying in Manitoba, a transient, or a visitor in Manitoba".
  3. Is a Canadian citizen or a person legally entitled to remain and work in Canada on a permanent basis. Appropriate documents such as a Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Landed Immigrant Status must be provided to substantiate this.
  4. If a registered member of an Indian Band in Manitoba, must have established a permanent resident off reserve in Manitoba prior to the referral or request for service.
  5. Be assessed by a Vocational Counsellor as being able to enhance his/her ability to regularly pursue, maintain or retain employment, and be willing to participate in a vocational program.

How To Apply?

In Winnipeg:

  1. Speak with an Adult Intake Counsellor at 204-975-3101 or email info@smd.mb.ca to request the application and medical forms
  2. The Intake Counsellor will contact you for an interview
  3. Once approved, a Voc Rehab Counsellor will be assigned and together you could go through steps 1-5 (see below)

Rural:

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Possible Next Steps Once Approved:

  1. Assessment: Review skills, abilities, interests, educational background, and previous jobs
  2. Develop Individualized Plan: Gather info from step 1, select appropriate goals and identify next steps
  3. Counselling: Receive 1-on-1 support from a Voc Rehab Counsellor. Their role is to support, encourage and assist with problem-solving regarding next steps in obtaining a job
  4. Implementation: Time to put your plan in action with support from your counsellor
  5. Follow-Up: Your counsellor will provide support during the transition phase of your new job and, if required, support you for a period of time while employed.

Other agencies that offer Voc Rehab with specific disabilities:

Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba
Phone: 204-786-4753

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Phone: 204-774-5421

Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD)
Phone: 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862)
TTY: 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)

Note: Individuals receiving or eligible to receive Voc Rehab services through the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) may not be eligible.