November 2019 - Government announces consultation process for a new income benefit for Manitobans with long-term and severe disabilities.

October 2019 - the Portable Housing Benefit is cut for many recipients. Prior,  the PHB provided a $200 supplement for people with a mental health disability, on top of regular EIA Rent Assist. The change now provide up to $200 based on the difference between Rent Assist and actual rent – so for example someone has rent of $700 and gets $603 in Rent Assist, their PHB will be cut from $200 to $97.

July 1, 2019 - froze Rent Assist for individuals without disabilities on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) and for individuals under the age of 55, not on EIA. Other Rent Assist recipients will receive a regularly scheduled annual increase in benefits to keep up with rental inflation, as mandated under legislation. Those impacted will not receive the additional $27 per month that individuals over 55 and those on disability will receive on July 1.

April 2019 - Cut to a $25 a month job-seeking allowance for single EIA recipients to assist them in their job search, impacting over 11,000 households.

July 1, 2018 - The deductible for non-EIA Rent Assist was again increased from 28 percent to 30 percent. The impact on different categories on different demographics is below:

Single minimum wage worker part-time -$66.46 per month
Single minimum wage worker full-time -$112.92 per month
Single parent; 2 children, at MBM poverty line -$151.92 per month
2 parents; 3 children, at MBM -$190.30 per month

July 1, 2017 - The deductible for non-EIA Rent Assist was increased from 25 to 28 percent.

July 1, 2017 - Cancelled the Getting Started Benefit. Impact on different demographics below:

Individuals -$175.00 one time
Parents with dependent children  -$250.00 one time
Persons with disabilities -$325.00 one time