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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Budget 2017 highlights for Manitoba

Highlights of Budget 2017 – Building a Strong Middle Class

On March 22, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2017 federal Budget. Here are a few highlights that will benefit Manitoba:

  • gives Manitoba a major transfer of $3.7 billion in 2017-18, up $147.7 million from the previous year and the largest year-over-year increase since 2008-2009
  • Western Economic Diversification receives $20 million over four years
  • Métis National Council and its five provincial federations, including Manitoba Metis Federation, will receive $84.9 million over five years to build their governance capacity
  • investment of $1.8 billion over ten years in community educational infrastructure for Official Languages minority communities
  • $3.2 billion over next eleven years to provinces and territories to support key priorities for affordable housing
  • creation of a new National Housing Fund with an investment of $5 billion over next eleven years
  • $454.4 million over four years to allow student financial assistance for part-time students and students with dependent children
  • creation of the new EI caregiving benefit gives eligible caregivers up to 15 weeks of EI benefits while they are temporarily away from work
  • EI maternity benefits extended to 12 weeks from 8 weeks; in addition, EI parental benefits can now be taken over 18 months instead of 12 months
  • $7 billion over ten years for more high-quality, affordable child care spaces
  • $828.2 million over five years for First Nations and Inuit primary care and mental health services, home care and palliative care, maternal and child health
  • $90 million over two years for a Post-Secondary Student Support Program for Indigenous students
  • $4 billion over ten years to build and improve infrastructure in First Nations and Inuit communities
  • $225 million over eleven years to improve housing conditions for Indigenous Peoples not living on-reserve
  • $2 billion over eleven years for infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs in rural and northern communities
  • a new $10.1 billion Trade & Transportation Corridors Initiative, which invests in gateways and ports, and helps get agri-food products to market
  • a new Agricultural Policy Framework investment of $1.5 billion in 2018
  • an investment of up to $70.5 million over five years to protect Canada’s freshwater resources, including the Lake Winnipeg Basin
  • $400 million over five years to the Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund™ for new clean technologies
  • $229 million over four years for clean energy and clean transportation innovation
  • $132.4 million over four years to enable more unemployed workers to pursue self-funded training, while remaining eligible for EI benefits
  • extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for one year

The full text of Budget 2017 is available online here.