Financial Empowerment Programs at SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse

Access to Benefits

The SMD Financial Empowerment Programs are available for you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the financial decisions that will help you reach your goals.
We also provide information and free, knowledgeable assistance in accessing the programs and benefits that will help you build a stronger financial future.

How can I access these programs?

Call:  204-975-3103
Toll-free:  1-866-282-8041
Drop in:  Every Monday starting February 26th, 2018 from 9-11 and 1-3                                                                               825 Sherbrook St.

• For Access to Benefits, please contact the Program Facilitator to arrange an appointment.  Some services can be delivered by mail, email or telephone.

• For Matched Savings:

  1. Call the Program Facilitator to make an appointment
  2. Meet with Program Facilitator to learn more about the program.  Decide if it is the right program for you, and if it is the right time to take it.
  3. Bring Proof of Income and complete the application  with Program Facilitator

Program Income Limits

                       Household         Saving          IDA/Access
                       size                    Circle            to Benefits

                       1 Person           $18,712          $24,949
                       2 People           $23,296          $31,061
                       3 People           $28,639          $38,185
                       4 People           $34,772          $46,362
                       5 People           $39,437          $52,583
                       6 People           $44,478          $59,304
                       7 People +        $49,520          $66,027

*if your income is outside of these ranges please discuss with us.

Print off our program brochure Financial Empowerment Programs Brochure 2017


Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Free tax clinic by appointment available to prepare your income taxes for 2017.
Dates: April 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 20, 25 and 26, 2018
Location:  204-825 Sherbrook Street

Taxes are done by appointment only.

To arrange an appointment call:  204-975-3010 or email


Get Your Benefits!

Get Your Benefits! is a 20-page plain language booklet listing many federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs individuals and families living in Manitoba may be eligible for. This booklet is available in two languages - English [pdf] and French [pdf].
Visit for more information about the individual programs and benefits, as well as the benefits of filing tax returns.