Community Transportation Toolkit: Interpreting and Implementing the Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program Guidelines
Handi-van services are an important resource for older adults in rural Manitoba where fewer and fewer transportation options are available. Services provide an effective and efficient travel option that connects older adults to medical needs as well as to life enhancing activities that may otherwise be neglected. In communities with few transportation resources, handi-van programs also lend support to families and care givers that currently help meet the essential needs of Manitoba’s aging populations. Many communities throughout rural Manitoba receive funding provided by Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs through the Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program (MDTP) to support the provision of handi-van services for mobility disadvantaged persons, including seniors. In 2009, the Province will provide annual funding support to 66 municipalities in Manitoba. Consultations with numerous rural communities throughout southern Manitoba have informed the development of the Toolkit.