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Funding for Student Services

In Manitoba, all students are entitled to receive appropriate educational programming. Every school division is unique in how a continuum of supports is provided for students with special needs.

Manitoba Education and Training publishes the Funding of Schools booklet each year which outlines the base support grants and categorical grants provided to school divisions.

There are some grants that support students with special needs specifically, for example the Student Services Grant and Clinician/Coordinator grants. These grants are used by school divisions to provide a continuum of supports for students with special needs. The Student Services Grant is intended to support students with mild to moderate special learning needs.

In addition, there is a categorical grant to support students with severe to profound special learning needs. Historically, this grant was known as special needs level 2 and level 3 funding and school divisions were expected to submit student-specific applications.

Manitoba Education and Training’s 2017/18 Funding of Schools Announcement (February 1, 2017) included information on changes to the Special Needs Level 2 and Level 3 categorical support.

No student specific funding applications for special needs level 2 and level 3 funding are required for 2017/18, with a few notable exceptions. Student specific funding applications will continue to be required for Special Needs Level 2 and Level 3 categorical funding in the following cases:

  • Level 3 Emotionally/Behaviourally Disordered (EBD3) funding;
  • Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS) Group A (UGA) funding;
  • School divisions who are seeking Level 2 or Level 3 funding payment from Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for students who are coded as non‑supportable (340); or
  • Level 2 or Level 3 funding for students attending the Whiteshell School District or a funded independent school.

For 2017/18, school divisions will be provided with the same Level 2 and Level 3 funding amount that was provided in 2016/17 excluding EBD3 and UGA funding.

Ending the student specific application process for Level 2 and 3 funding will avoid the negative labeling of students by funding category and will allow for predictable levels of funding as school divisions continue to plan for and provide appropriate educational programming that is inclusive of all students.


Special Needs Categorical Funding Criteria

Low Incidence Level 2 and Level 3

Student specific funding applications will continue to be required for Special Needs Level 2 and Level 3 categorical funding in the following cases:

  • Level 3 Emotionally/Behaviourally Disordered (EBD3) funding;
  • Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS) Group A (UGA) funding;
  • School divisions who are seeking Level 2 or Level 3 funding payment from Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for students who are coded as non‑supportable (340); or
  • Level 2 or Level 3 funding for students attending the Whiteshell School District or a funded independent school.
In these cases, the process for determining eligibility for level 2 or 3 funding requires Manitoba Education and Training to consider applications on an individual basis. The Student Services Administrator (SSA) or Funded Independent School Representative (FISR) together with the school/division team identify those students requiring exceptional supports who meet the Criteria for Level 2 or 3 funding support. Applications are completed and submitted to Manitoba Education and Training’s funding review team to determine eligibility. The application process and determination of eligibility are outlined in the links to the right.

Students with profound emotional/behavioural disorders require Multisystem treatment plans. Eligibility for funding is determined by a Multisystem Team that has representation from Education and Training, Families, Health, Seniors and Active Living. See EBD Level 3. For students who require support for complex medical procedures that must be performed by a nurse, the URIS application process is used. Eligibility for funding is determined by the URIS Interdepartmental Committee that has representation from Education and Training, Families, and Health, Seniors and Active Living. See Unified Referral and Intake System.


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General Enquiries
Program and Student Services
Manitoba Education and Training
Telephone:
204-945-7907
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907
Email:
pssbinfo@gov.mb.ca