Our PC team is working hard to protect Manitobans from COVID-19. As vaccines continue to be administered to more Manitobans, we are committed to advancing our province beyond the pandemic.
Budget 2021 provides historic funding in priority areas including healthcare, education and social services that Manitobans rely on while investing in our future. Manitoba spends more per capita on the combined areas of Health, Education and Families than any other province
While the NDP continue to advocate for higher taxes on you and your family, Manitoba Progressive Conservatives can be depended on to make smart investments to strengthen public services while keeping taxes low.
Here are some Budget 2021 highlights.
We’re spending $750 million MORE on health care than the NDP ever did. This year’s new health spending includes:
- Overall increase in healthcare funding by $156 million over last year—a record amount
- $50 million to shorten wait times for time sensitive procedures and services caused by the pandemic
- $10 million to reduce wait times for hip, knee and cataract procedures
- $2.7 million to expand dialysis treatments
- $23 million for expanded cancer treatments
We’re phasing out unfair Education Property Taxes to make life more affordable for Manitobans.
- 50% education property tax rebate directly to residential and farm property owners over the next two years – 25% each year
- Owners of other types of property will see a 10% rebate this year
For 17 years, the NDP allowed Manitoba students to fall behind, achieving some of the worst results in Canada. The status quo in not acceptable. It’s time for a change.
- Total funding for education is now over $3 billion, the most in Manitoba history
- $1.6 billion dollar guarantee of new education funding.
- Continuing our commitment to build 20 new schools.
- Shifting resources from top-heavy bureaucracies to the classrooms.
- 15% tax credit for teachers who buy additional supplies—something the NDP never recognized.
Our PC Team is spending the most per capita on social services while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Budget 2021 includes:
- Creating 541 new licensed child care spaces and 50 new home-based licensed spaces.
- Freezing child care fees for three years to support parents in affording the cost of child care.
- Freezing rent raises to support Manitobans struggling to make ends meet.
- Providing $22 million in Rent Assist for many low-income Manitobans, bringing the total program to $54 million—quadrupling what the previous NDP government ever spent.
- Partnering with the Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association to deliver a new $5.6 million Rent Bank program that will support stable housing for low to moderate income families.
Protecting the Environment
The previous NDP government missed every climate target they ever set. Our policies are working and decreasing emissions.
- Increasing the Conservation and Climate Fund to $1 million to fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Establishing a new Organics Green Impact Bond to divert organic waste from landfills, create green jobs and reduce emissions.
- Continuing the important work of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan
Our PC government is investing over $2 billion in strategic infrastructure stimulus.
- $630 million for roads and highways construction to improve road safety
- $415 million to support the construction of 6 new schools and upgrade existing schools
- $292 million for health care facilities infrastructure to strengthen our emergency departments.
Stronger Public Safety
Our PC government is focused on protecting victims of crime and creating a safer Manitoba.
- $2.9 million to address the backlog in the courts system caused by the pandemic.
- Establish the new Manitoba Criminal Intelligence Centre to prevent crime and improve public safety and policing.
- $1.2 million in restorative justice indicatives for First Nations and Metis
- $815,000 to support survivors of crime by increasing funds for family violence prevention and families of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
Protecting Manitobans’ Mental Health
In 2021, Manitoba became one of only few provinces to have a Minister for mental health and addictions.
- Establishing a new department of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery to invest $342 million in programs and services for Manitobans.
- Advancing a $1.7 million Mental Health and Addictions Strategy
- Investing $1.8 million for 24/7 housing supports for those struggling with mental health conditions
To learn more, visit gov.mb.ca/budget2021