Make Poverty History Manitoba has been calling on the provincial government to provide EIA recipients with an additional $300 per month during the pandemic.In the absence of a provincial response, many people on EIA have instead been applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) out of desperation for additional financial support - whether they qualify or not.
When people on EIA access other sources of income their benefits get reduced. Since the Pallister government has decided to treat the $2,000 per month CERB as income, it raises EIA recipients’ income to a level that makes them ineligible for future benefits. The provincial government is closing their files with EIA to save money rather than allowing some of the most vulnerable in our Province to receive much needed financial support.
Make Poverty History Manitoba is calling on:
- The Province to increase the EIA budget by $300 per person, per month for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Province of Manitoba to keep EIA files open for those who receive CERB during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Government of Canada to forgive provincial EIA recipients from the requirement to pay back the CERB if they do not qualify.
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Click on this link to send an email to the Premier (or use: firstname.lastname@example.org), Families Minister Heather Stefanson (or use email@example.com) and your MLA (see the list below to find their contact information) and tell them you expect your provincial government to:
"Provide immediate emergency support of $300 a month to all EIA recipients per month until the pandemic is over. As a result of our income support systems not working well to assist people living in poverty, many of them are at risk of being worse off than they are currently."
Alphabetical List by Members’ Name:
|ASAGWARA, Uzoma||Union Station||NDP|
|CLARKE, Hon. Eileen||Agassiz||PC|
|COX, Hon. Cathy||Kildonan-River East||PC|
|CULLEN, Hon. Cliff||Spruce Woods||PC|
|DRIEDGER, Hon. Myrna||Roblin||PC|
|EICHLER, Hon. Ralph||Lakeside||PC|
|EWASKO, Wayne||Lac du Bonnet||PC|
|FIELDING, Hon. Scott||Kirkfield Park||PC|
|FONTAINE, Nahanni||St. Johns||NDP|
|FRIESEN, Hon. Cameron||Morden-Winkler||PC|
|GERRARD, Hon. Jon||River Heights||IND LIB|
|GOERTZEN, Hon. Kelvin||Steinbach||PC|
|GUILLEMARD, Hon. Sarah||Fort Richmond||PC|
|HELWER, Hon. Reg||Brandon West||PC|
|ISLEIFSON, Len||Brandon East||PC|
|KINEW, Wab||Fort Rouge||NDP|
|LAGASSÉ, Bob||Dawson Trail||PC|
|LAMONT, Dougald||St. Boniface||IND LIB|
|LAMOUREUX, Cindy||Tyndall Park||IND LIB|
|LATHLIN, Amanda||The Pas-Kameesak||NDP|
|LINDSEY, Tom||Flin Flon||NDP|
|MARCELINO, Malaya||Notre Dame||NDP|
|MORLEY-LECOMTE, Janice||Seine River||PC|
|MOSES, Jamie||St. Vital||NDP|
|NESBITT, Greg||Riding Mountain||PC|
|PALLISTER, Hon. Brian||Fort Whyte||PC|
|PEDERSEN, Hon. Blaine||Midland||PC|
|PIWNIUK, Doyle||Turtle Mountain||PC|
|SALA, Adrien||St. James||NDP|
|SANDHU, Mintu||The Maples||NDP|
|SCHULER, Hon. Ron||Springfield-Ritchot||PC|
|SMITH, Bernadette||Point Douglas||NDP|
|SMOOK, Dennis||La Vérendrye||PC|
|SQUIRES, Hon. Rochelle||Riel||PC|
|STEFANSON, Hon. Heather||Tuxedo||PC|
|WASYLIW, Mark||Fort Garry||NDP|
|WHARTON, Hon. Jeff||Red River North||PC|
|WISHART, Ian||Portage la Prairie||PC|
|WOWCHUK, Rick||Swan River||PC|