History

Abilities Manitoba began in 1980 as two separate coalitions, the Winnipeg Coalition of Residential Service Providers and the Manitoba Coalition of Residential Service Providers.

The Manitoba Coalition membership was made up of residential services providers from rural Manitoba as well as Winnipeg. The Manitoba Coalition was formed for the purpose of sharing and discussing matters of mutual concern and communicating those concerns to the provincial government and the general public.

The Winnipeg Coalition of Residential Services Providers was a similar association of organizations located in the City of Winnipeg who joined together to promote community living for people living with an intellectual disability, to improve the quality of residential services provided in Winnipeg, to share concerns ideas and resources and to represent the needs of people living with an intellectual disability and of residential service providers to government and voluntary agencies.

In 1988 the Winnipeg and Manitoba coalitions joined forces to become one coalition, the Manitoba Coalition of Residential Service Providers.

In 1990 it was decided that the coalition would offer more global representation, to both residential, day and employment services, so the word residential was deleted from the name and it  became the Manitoba Coalition of Service Providers

In 2009 the Manitoba Coalition of Service Providers became Abilities Manitoba.