A new provincial report found pay must go up for workers that help people with intellectual disabilities.

The study reveals that wages are a big hurdle to getting and keeping people with the necessary knowledge and skills to help vulnerable citizens.

According to Abilities Manitoba president Malinda Roberts the average rate per hour for staff is $12.06.

“The work includes ensuring personal safety, medical care, personal care, nutrition, recreation and support to build bridges and form connections in their community,” said Roberts. “It is a skilled job that is way undervalued.”

The report was based on extensive consultation with people living with intellectual disabilities, their families and support staff.

Abilities Manitoba will release its strategies for moving forward Thursday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Canad Inns Polo Park.