On February 22, 2018, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2018 federal Budget. Here are a few highlights that will benefit Manitoba:
- another increase in federal transfer payments to Manitoba, up $289.6M from last year to $4B in 2018-2019, includes $1.4B from the Canada Health Transfer (up $56.5M) and $518M through the Canada Social Transfer (up $16.6M);
- $11.3M in 2018-19 for the Remote Passenger Rail Program, which helps support two passenger rail lines, including The Pas-Pukatawagan in NorthernManitoba ;
- invests $9.4M over five years to establish a Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease Diagnostics at National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg ;
- provides $35M over six years for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to support its ongoing programming in enhancing the public’s understanding of human rights;
- Western Economic Diversification receives $184M over five years to support the Innovation and Skills Plan across the region, and a new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy;
- the new Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) replaces the Working Income Tax Benefit and is more generous and accessible – it will benefit approx. 68,000 Manitoba workers annually in 2019, up 13,000 from 2018;
- provides more than $1.4B over six years in new funding for First Nations Child and Family Services across Canada, ensuring children are safe and helping keep families together;
- funding health services in Indigenous communities with $1.5B over five years, for medical care & services, addictions treatment & prevention, health data gathering & health strategy development;
- $516M over ten years to support a Métis Nation housing strategy, post-secondary education; additional $325M to support employment services, skills development and job training;
- new funding of $400M over five years in support of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023;
- reinforce RCMP policing operations with $80M in 2018-19 to recruit and train new cadets and help meet the demands for new frontline officers;
- $173.2M in 2018-19 to address operational pressures at the Canada-US border;
- $20M in emergency funding shared by Manitoba, BC and Alberta to help fight the opioid crisis;
- provide the single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history with more than $1.7B over five years to Canada’s granting councils and research institutes;
- makes one of the most significant commitments to nature conservation in Canada’s history with investments totaling $1.3B.
The measures above complement previous investments, including in early learning & childcare ($46.8M over 3 years for Manitoba), home care & mental health ($31M in 2018-19 for MB), infrastructure ($1.7B over 10 years for MB), the Canada Child Benefit, and the National Housing Strategy.
For more information on Budget 2018, visit www.budget.gc.ca.