Travel Assistance Program

Through the Travel Assistance Program,  a person with a permanent disability who cannot travel without an attendant  can be approved for reduced fares at participating Motor Coach Companies and Via Rail.

As the official provincial affiliate of Easter Seals Canada, SMD (specifically SMD Foundation) is responsible for managing the Travel Assistance Program in Manitoba. This means SMD is authorized to provide a Disability Travel Card™ to people who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Only people with a permanent disability who require an attendant when travelling can apply, regardless of the person's age. An attendant is defined as “an individual who accompanies a person with a permanent disability who cannot travel independently. An attendant will provide that person with required services that are not normally provided by a vehicle operator. These services include assisting the person with eating, administering medication and using the facilities in an on-board washroom or a washroom at a stop.”

Applications must be verified by the applicants' Registered Health Care Provider and agree to the following terms and conditions:

For more information, please download the terms of use (opens as a PDF) for a Disability Travel Card™.

To apply for a Disability Travel Card™ start by downloading the application form (opens as a PDF) , filling it out and returning it to:

SMD Foundation
401 – 825 Sherbrook St
Winnipeg, MB
R3A 1M5

Tel: (204) 975-3111
Toll Free: 1-866-282-8041
Fax: (204) 975-3011

IMPORTANT NOTE: Airlines are not part of the Travel Assistance Program. Each airline must be contacted directly to ask about any potential reduced fare programs or options for people with disabilities. It’s also important to read through the terms and conditions outlined on the application form before applying.

Each airline must be contacted directly to ask about any potential reduced fare programs or options for people with disabilities.