08/07/2014 05:15 EDT | Updated 10/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Wages going up in residential programs for Manitoba support workers

WINNIPEG - Some Manitoba support workers will be getting a raise.

The provincial government says it is boosting funding by $6 million over three years for agencies that offer residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross says the money will ensure wages will be between $13 and $14 an hour by 2017.

She says the raise will help agencies retain workers, especially smaller and rural agencies that have had a hard time offering competitive pay.

The program is similar to one developed for child-care centres earlier this year.