People with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB):
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People with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) can be used either to provide applicants with time and support to overcome their barriers or to give applicants extra time to transition to other income supports such as PWD.
To be eligible for PPMB, an applicant must:
• Have been on income assistance for 12 of the last 15 months
• Have multiple severe barriers to employment
• Have a severe eligible medical condition that hinders their ability to perform or search for a job and
• Have exhausted their options.
The last 3 requirements may be disregarded if the applicant has an eligible medical condition completely prevents the applicant from searching for or continuing work. To be considered an eligible medical conditionthe following requirements must be met: the applicant has had it for at least 1 year, it is likely to continue or reoccur frequently for at least 2 years and it is not an addiction.
Recipients on PPMB are exempt from searching for work. However, they are still encouraged to develop their independence with earnings exemptions provided by the Ministry. Extra benefits also include medical supports and rates increases which can be found on the “Benefit Rate Chart, Effective Jan 1, 2018 – PWD”under our Resources section of the Disabilities Assistance page.
For more information concerning PPMB eligibility can be found here.
To apply for PPMB, applicants must first fill out an Employability Screen using form HR2797. The Employability Screen determines the severity of the non-medical barriers that the applicant faces. The higher the score, the less employable they are. An applicant with a score of over 15 may qualify for PPMB even with a medical condition that is less severe. However, most people who apply for PPMB have scores of less than 15.
A Client Employability Profile (form HR2865) must also be completed for applicants with a score of over 15 or with a medical condition which completely prevents them from searching for or continuing work. The Employment Profile aims to identify an applicant’s specific barriers and their severity to employment.The profile includes sections such as: work experience, job retention, education, training, literacy, criminal record and various others. The full list can be found here.
Finally, all applicants must also have a medical practitioner complete a medical report (form HR2892). The medical report will detail the severity of the applicant’s medical condition as well as explain why the condition prevents or hinders their ability to perform or search for a job.
People with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) FAQs:
The Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit is for people who are not able to work due to a severe and long-term medical condition and other barriers to employment. The medical condition must be severe enough that it prevents or severely impacts their ability to look for, accept or continue employment now or in the foreseeable future.
As such, PPMB clients are exempt from working, although there is an earnings exemption available to encourage clients who are able to work a little to earn more income.
The goal of the PPMB benefit it to help give people the time and support needed to overcome barriers to employment and move toward independence.
To qualify for PPMB you must have:
- Received income assistance for at least 12 of the past 15 months
- A doctor confirm that you have a medical condition that stops you from looking for, accepting or continuing your work
- A doctor confirm that you have a medical condition that has lasted for at least 1 year and is likely to continue or reoccur for at least 2 more years
The Ministry (MSDPR) will decide if you qualify for PPMB based on:
- Information provided by your doctor in your PPMB medical report
- PPMB Employability Screen
NOTE: Please note that addictions of any kind do not count as a medical condition under the PPMB eligibility criteria.
The Employability Screen is used to determine whether a person meets the criteria for Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB)
Specifically, the Employability Screen assesses what types of barriers a person is facing to employment and to what extent. It identifies things such as past dependency on assistance, recent work history, education level, and English proficiency. Points are scored based on a person’s answers and the overall point score is considered an indication of that person’s employment readiness. If you score less than 15 points on the Employability Screen, then your medical restrictions to work must be more severe than if you score 15 points or greater. The majority of people who apply for PPMB do not score 15 points.
The Employability Screen will be completed with a Ministry Worker during the application process. To see a sample of the Employability Screen, click here.
Call or go into your local Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction(MSDPR) office. Let them know that you would like to apply for PPMB. An appointment with a worker will be arranged for you. This appointment can be in person or on the telephone.
Employability Screen – A Ministry worker will ask you questions about your background and your barriers to employment such as your work history, level of education and English language skills. Points are scored on an Employability Screen based on your answers. If you score 15 points or more, then your medical restrictions to work do not have to be as great as if you score less than 15. ( The vast majority of people who apply for PPMB do not score 15 points.) The worker will also ask you what steps you have taken to overcome your barriers to employment.
Medical Report – The worker will also give you or mail you a PPMB Medical Report to take to your doctor. To be eligible for PPMB, your doctor must explain why your medical condition stops you from working and that your condition has lasted for at least one year and will continue for two years. There is also a section to provide information about treatments you have tried. If you have additional tests or reports that show how severe your medical condition is, they should also be included with the Medical Report. It is important that you go to a doctor who knows your medical history.
Employability Screen scores
- If you score 15 or more on the screen, you must have barriers that “seriously impede” your ability to look for work, accept work or continue work.
- If you score less than 15 on the screen, you must have a medical condition that “precludes” or completely prevents you from looking for, accepting and continuing work
(NOTE: the majority of people applying for PPMB do not score 15 points or greater.)
Click here to see a sample of the Employability Screen
Click here to see a sample of the PPMB Medical Report Form
You do not need to pay for the medical report. The doctor will bill the Ministry for payment.
- A single person with no dependents can earn up to $757.92. (For the full rate table, check out the Income Assistance Benefit Rate Chart on our Resources section of the Disabilities Assistance page.
- You will not be expected to look for work
- You will be able to keep up to $700 a month in earned income
- You may be eligible for certain health supplements (for detailed information about health supplements click here )
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