Manitoba spends $3M on spinal cord injury victims
Funding announcement made Tuesday in Winnipeg
The province is investing $3 million in helping Manitobans with spinal cord injuries transition back to working and living at home.
The funding announcement was made in Winnipeg on Tuesday, where officials said the $3 million would be paid out over five years to the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization that funds spinal cord injury research, and the local chapter of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
The funding will go toward a number of initiatives, including job training and rehabilitation services for people with spinal cord injuries. The funding will also help offer specialized support to aboriginal people with those injuries.
According to provincial officials, there are about 3,100 Manitobans living with spinal cord injuries and an additional 60 new injuries each year.