Manitoba

Outline of ManitobaThe hub of past disability reform movements in Canada, Manitoba has been recognized for its efforts to provide progressive disability supports. These include person-centered planning and direct funding, which families may choose to manage independently or with assistance from a service provider1.

However, Manitoba is not a wealthy province and struggles to provide adequate services. Those in rural areas are generally under-served2 and spending on supports will be strained further should the province be forced to closed its last remaining institutional facility for individuals with developmental disabilities (The Manitoba Developmental Centre). The public has criticized the government for continued use of an institutional setting, resulting in threats of a lawsuit and calls for facility closure3. Should the institution close, the province will need to figure out how to fund the costs associated with transitioning its residents into community-based services and housing.

[1] Manitoba Family Services. Government of Manitoba. (2014). Community Living disAbility Services. Available online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/pwd/supported_living.html
[2] Mackenzie, M. (2014). Community Living Funding Crisis in Westman and Parkland. Available online at http://www.abilitiesmanitoba.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Community-Living-Funding-Crisis-in-Westman-and-Parkland-April-2014.pdf
[3] Lett, D. (2014, June 2). Operating MDC may bring legal woes for province. The Winnipeg Free Press. Available online at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/operating-mdc-may-bring-legal-woes-for-province-261474831.html