Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

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

There is no fee to participate in our services.


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

  1. A resident of Manitoba with a physical, neurological and/or hearing 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. Contact the Intake Counsellor at 204-975-3101 or email info@smd.mb.ca to request the application and medical forms
  2. After your forms and medical are received, the Intake Counsellor will contact you for an interview

After step 1/2 are complete, a Voc Rehab Counsellor will be assigned and together you could go through steps 1-5 (see below)



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.