Financial Empowerment Programs

1. Access to Benefits (A2B)

We can help you apply for government benefit programs and tax credits such as:

We also offer assistance with:

To qualify you must have:

✔ A disability (i.e. intellectual, physical, mental illness, non-visible, etc.)
✔ Income within the following levels

Household Size Household Income
1 Person $25,338
2 People $31,544
3 People $38,780
4 People $47,084
5 People $53,402
6 People $60,228
7+ People $67,055

*We use Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) as a guide. If your income is higher than what’s shown above or there are other factors to take into account, we consider those when going through the qualification process.*

To Arrange Appointment Please Contact

Drop in’s welcome every Monday excluding holidays from 9 – 11AM & 1-3PM at 825 Sherbrook St.

2. Free Income Tax Clinics

From Mar 11 - Apr 30 there will be 2018 free tax clinics for persons living with disabilities. CLICK HERE for more info.

We can help you prepare your income taxes for FREE *appointment & approval required*. Additionally, we also do taxes year-round *appointment & approval required*.

To Arrange Appointment Please Contact

3. Saving Circle

This is a 10-week money-saving training course run in partnership with SEED Winnipeg, The Assiniboine Credit Union and United Way of Winnipeg where we will help you save for something you need and in return, receive up to a 3:1 match on your savings. For example, we’ll match your savings up to a max of $250, so if you save $250 there will be a $750 match allowing $1,000 to use towards an item you need.

Items to save for can include:

The purpose of this program is to:

To qualify you must have:

✔ A disability (i.e. intellectual, physical, mental illness, non-visible, etc.)
✔ Income within the following levels

Household Size Household Income
1 Person $19,004
2 People $23,658
3 People $29,085
4 People $35,313
5 People $40,052
6 People $45,171
7+ People $50,291

*We use Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) as a guide. If your income is higher than what’s shown above or there are other factors to take into account, we consider those when going through the qualification process.*

To Arrange Appointment Please Contact

4. Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

Once you have completed the Saving Circle program mentioned above you have the opportunity to be part of this 12-month money saving program. We will help you save for something you need and in return, receive up to a 2:1 match on your savings. For example, we’ll match your savings up to a max of $1,000, so if you save $1,000 there will be a $2,000 match allowing $3,000 to use towards an item you need.

Items to save for can include:

The purpose of this program is to:

To qualify you must have:

✔ A disability (i.e. intellectual, physical, mental illness, non-visible, etc.)
✔ Completed the Saving Circle program
✔ Income within the following levels

Household Size Household Income
1 Person $25,338
2 People $31,544
3 People $38,780
4 People $47,084
5 People $53,402
6 People $60,228
7+ People $67,055

*We use Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) as a guide. If your income is higher than what’s shown above or there are other factors to take into account, we consider those when going through the qualification process.*

Note: If you drop out of the program before achieving your goal, you will not receive the match. Only successful individuals who complete the program receive the match.

To Arrange Appointment Please Contact

Angel Prefontaine-Gibson
Program Facilitator
P: 204-975-3103
Toll-Free: 1-866-282-8041
Email: aprefontaine-gibson@smd.mb.ca