Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba

202-135 McGregor Street

Winnipeg, MB R2W 4V7

Mon - Fri 9:00 - 17:00


Independent Living

Financial Considerations

Do you or a loved one need rent supplement? Rent Supplement Programs (click here)

Rent Assist (formally Manitoba Shelter Benefit or RentAid) is a monthly benefit to help low income families and individuals, as well as people receiving income assistance (EIA).

If you are not on Assistance (EIA) and pay more than 28% of your income on private rental housing, then you may be eligible for Rent Assist. The amount of the benefit depends on household income and the monthly cost of renting. Check eligibility with this on-line estimator. Download the application form here. Winnipeg Office 100-114 Garry Street. Phone 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free. Email.

Rent Assist for individuals and families on EIA will be assessed when you apply. You will automatically get Rent Assist, as long as you keep meeting the requirements. Phone for EIA Rent Assist in Winnipeg: 204-945-4000. Toll free: 1-877-812-0014. Email.

Life Lease

Life lease is a wonderful housing option for an individual or a couple generally age 55 and over, who are looking for a more relaxed, care-free lifestyle; free from the chores of house maintenance, yard care and snow clearing! 

Residents pay a fee upon determining they want to live there, called an entrance fee. This fee is used by the building operator to keep the costs of operations down thereby keeping rent rates lower than would be found in a typical apartment complex.  The entrance fee is refunded back to the resident at the end of occupancy. Life leases may have varied services available to residents at an additional fee, such as meal service and housekeeping.


You may choose to determine your eligibility for the following tax credits. There are many others listed here.

Disability Tax Credit - Canada Revenue Agency

For information on the Disability Tax Credit and to find out who qualifies, please visit: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/disability

For Qualified Practitioners who are called upon by their patients to certify Form T2201 (Disability Tax Credit Certificate), the following link is to ensure you are equipped with key information on the disability tax credit and can feel confident in completing Form T2201: www.cra.gc.ca/qualified-practitioners

Primary Caregiver Tax Credit


This credit recognizes the vital support caregivers provide to those needing care. Manitoba’s Primary Caregiver Tax Credit provides a refundable credit of up to $1,400 a year to people who act as primary caregivers for spouses, relatives, neighbours or friends who live at home in Manitoba. For this tax credit, people requiring care must be assessed at Level 2 or higher under the Manitoba Home Care Program guidelines. They are assessed based on the amount and type of care required for tasks like bathing, dressing, eating meals, mobility and receiving medical care. Level 1 requires minimal care in most cases and is not eligible.

Caregivers may claim the tax credit for each of up to three care recipients, at any one time.

This credit is refundable and not income tested. This means you can claim it even if you do not have taxable income. The credit may defray your caregiver expenses such as shopping, transport, outings and respite.

Download the calculator to assist you in determining your current costs compared to living elsewhere.

Monthly Expense Calculator