Dan Vandal

Your member of parliament for


Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

Dan Vandal

Your member of parliament for


Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

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Federal Budget 2018: benefits for Manitoba

With Budget 2018, we are taking the next steps towards building an equal, competitive, sustainable, and fair Canada—where science, curiosity, and innovation spur economic growth.

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.