Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

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Learn about the programs and services available to new and existing entrepreneurs with disabilities in Manitoba.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Canadian Pension Plan - Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people who receive a Canada Pension Plan disability benefit return to work or self-employment.

Contact

Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) - Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Service Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-277-9914  
TTY: 1-800-255-4786
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/cpp/disability/voc-rehab.shtml


Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Western Canadians who have a disability can access a network of business professionals and a world of resources through Western Economic Diversification Canada's (WD) Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The EDP program provides business information, training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counseling services.

Contact

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
Community Futures
Telephone: 204-943-2905
Website: www.wd.gc.ca/eng/13643.asp


MarketAbilities Fund

The marketAbilities Program may provide the financial assistance to participants who are pursuing self-employment or a home-based business including disability-related support services, initial start-up costs and specific skills training, or business management training.

Contact

MarketAbilities Program: Home-based and Self-Employment
Manitoba Jobs and the Economy
Winnipeg Service Locations
Phone : 204-940-8600
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/jec/eia/marketAbilities/index.html

 

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Helps to generate innovative activities which help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment. Participants must not be eligible for assistance under the Employment Benefits.

Contact

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-622-6232
TTY: 1-800-926-9105
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/of/


Rebate for Specially-Equipped Vehicles for Persons with Disabilities

This bulletin explains the rebate of the 5% GST that may be claimed on specially-equipped motor vehicles that are used by, or to transport, individuals using wheelchairs, and vehicles equipped with auxiliary driving controls for individuals with disabilities.

Contact

Rebate for Specially-Equipped Vehicles for Persons with Disabilities
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Phone: 1-800-959-8287
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/gst-tps/rbts/vhcls/menu-eng.html


Self-employment (SE) Program

This program provides unemployed Employment Insurance and Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) eligible, individuals with financial support, planning assistance and mentoring while they get their business up and running.

Contact

Self-employment (SE) Program
Employment Manitoba
Phone: 204-945-0575 
Toll Free: 1-866-332-5077
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/employment/jobs_careers


Urban Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Project

This program provides one-to-one business consultation, access to business information and resources and assistance with business plans to help Winnipeg entrepreneurs with disabilities start or expand their own business.

Contact

Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)
Phone & TTY: 204-947-0194
Toll free 1-800-663-3043
Email: thecentre@ilrc.mb.ca
Website: www.ilrc.mb.ca/programs/uedp/index.html

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

About Multiple Formats

Persons with visual impairments can get information on Canada Revenue Agency services available to them as well as order publications in Braille and large print, or on audio cassette and computer disk.

Contact

About Multiple Formats
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Phone: 1-800-959-8281
TTY: 1-800-665-0354
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/alternate


Make A Change Canada/Faire un Changement Canada

A federally incorporated charitable organization accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards Program.  We develop and deliver business start-up and web technology training to people facing challenges to employment.  Our programs and services are available online across Canada. 

Business Abilities (BA): Online business planning resources and one-on-one coaching assistance, from career exploration to new business mentorship.  Services are available free of charge to people who self-identify as living with a disability.  Training is flexible and supportive with a continuous intake. Visit and apply online

Web Essentials/Web Advanced: Online, college accredited programs in web technologies and design, leading to careers in administration, marketing, e-business, and web design.  Skills:  Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Web Marketing, Social Media/Blogging, Web Programming, Word Press.  Open to anyone facing challenges to employment (see eligibility). Visit and apply online.

Contact

Canadian Society for Social Development (CSSD)
Phone: 1-888-927-7473
Website: http://www.makeachangecanada.com

 

Tax Information for Persons with Disabilities

This website provides easy access to publications, forms and services available dealing with tax information for persons with disabilities.

Contact

Tax Information for Persons with Disabilities
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Phone: 1-800-959-8281
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/disability