Budget 2010 Highlights
. Manitoba's five-year economic plan helps the province continue
to weather the worldwide economic recession while positioning Manitoba
for growth and prosperity in the years ahead.
. Budget 2010 projects a summary shortfall of $545 million, which
includes core government departments, Crown corporations and pension
obligations. A payment of $96 million will be made to start paying down
principle and interest on the debt incurred as a result of the economic
. Over the course of the five-year plan, the deficit will be
eliminated and the province will return to balance by Budget 2014.
. Independent forecasters are projecting economic growth of 2.5
per cent this year and three per cent next year for Manitoba.
1. Invest in Vital Front-line Services
Continue to improve health care, education, training, policing and
supports for families.
Education and Training
. Provide a funding increase of almost three per cent for public
. Provide post-secondary institutions with a 4.5 per cent
. Increase apprenticeship training support by $2 million.
. Continue support for Rebound, a program that helps low-income
people learn new skills that lead to jobs.
. Allow for tuition fee increases of five per cent at universities
and by $150 a year at colleges, which still keep Manitoba's tuition
rates below 1999 levels and at the third-lowest rate in the country.
. Provide additional resources for the Bright Futures fund to
encourage at-risk students to complete high school and attend university
or college and more support for ACCESS programs.
. Create a new grant for students who need additional financial
support to attend school.
. Provide new mining training facilities in Flin Flon.
Supports for Families
. Add hundreds of new child-care spaces across the province.
. Create a pension plan for child-care workers.
. Provide additional funding and support for vulnerable
. Dedicate resources to ongoing programs through the new Winnipeg
Regeneration Strategy, which will replace the Winnipeg Partnership
Agreement which is coming to an end.
. Create new investments in addictions services and the prevention
of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
. Provide additional funding to train more doctors and nurses.
. Improve emergency health-care services and upgrade the emergency
department at the Health Sciences Centre.
. Limit increases to pharmacare deductibles to the rate of
inflation and continue covering all eligible drug costs above
. Continue building a regional cancer centre and upgrading the
Westman Lab in Brandon.
. Construct a new mental-health crisis response centre and proceed
with plans for the new women's hospital in Winnipeg.
. Increase the tobacco tax rate by two cents per cigarette to
further deter smoking.
. Consolidate specialized services for children and youth with
Public Safety and Community
. Provide operating funds for a police helicopter in Winnipeg.
. Create a police commission and an independent investigation
. Provide more resources for corrections and nine full-time
. Add five more Lighthouses youth drop-in programs.
. Purchase four new water bombers over the next three years.
. Fund new police officer positions in Winnipeg and Brandon.
. Support the Winnipeg Police Service's cadet program.
. Provide $3 million over four years to help develop and support
potential Olympic athletes.
. Support rural and northern communities and municipalities by
increasing unconditional operating funding.
2. Manage Government Spending
Responsibly limit spending to ensure Manitobans' priorities come first.
. Limit core government spending growth to an annual average of
less than two per cent over the five-year plan.
. Decrease the budgets of one-half of all government departments
in 2010-11 to focus on priority areas of Manitobans.
. Direct 90 per cent of new spending to health, education and
training, and justice.
. Reduce the pay of cabinet ministers by 20 per cent and propose
to freeze the wages of members of the legislative assembly and senior
. Negotiate a pause in public sector wage increases.
. Delay enhancements to the Education Property Tax Credit, the
Farmland School Tax Rebate, and the reductions to the general corporate
income tax rate and personal income taxes to help maintain revenue for
. Create a new Health Innovation Network to improve the delivery
of health-care services.
3. Restore Balance
Reduce the deficit and return to surplus by Budget 2014.
. Eliminate the deficit over the five-year plan and return to
surplus by Budget 2014.
. Use the $800-million rainy day fund (Fiscal Stabilization
Account) to keep paying down the provincial debt, dedicating $600
million in debt and interest payments to pay down debt incurred as a
result of the economic downturn.
. Introduce legislation to restore balance over five years.
. Support an economic summit that will be hosted by the Premier's
Economic Advisory Council.
. Acknowledge Manitoba's 2009-10 projected shortfall is 1.1 per
cent of GDP, the smallest shortfall in Canada.
. Benefit from the expectation that Manitoba's debt servicing
costs will require six cents of each dollar, down from 13 cents in 1999.
4. Stimulate Economic Growth
Build and upgrade infrastructure to create jobs and invest in innovation
to secure a prosperous future.
. Invest $1.8 billion in infrastructure spending, a 90 per cent
increase over 2008, that will create 29,000 direct and indirect jobs.
. Provide nearly $600 million for highways including PTH 75 south,
the Trans-Canada Highway east, PTH 2 and PTH 6 north.
. Build CentrePort Canada Way including construction of an
overpass at CPR's main line and an interchange at the Perimeter Highway.
. Provide $148 million to replace and repair bridges including the
bridge at St. Adolphe.
. Begin building an all-weather east side road and invest in
. Provide another $30 million to Canada-Manitoba infrastructure
programs, bringing the provincial total to $72 million in this budget.
. Construct new schools in La Broquerie, Winkler and Steinbach.
. Construct a tourism interpretive centre near Hollow Water First
Nation and provide more support for tourism opportunities on the east
. Add 1,500 new social housing units over the next five years,
upgrade existing units and involve people in social housing in the
construction and renovation projects to develop skills and community
. Increase the operating and capital investments in social housing
by close to 10 per cent.
. Partner with the federal government to expand park services
including expanding trails, new playgrounds, campground upgrades, and
water treatment and waste-water systems.
. Expand the campgrounds at Asessippi, Winnipeg Beach and Wellman
. Continue support for the Manitoba Research Innovation Fund to
support areas such as science and health research projects.
. Introduce a new grant to support local production of biodiesel
. Provide funds to reduce methane released from landfills in
Brandon and Winnipeg.
. Support programs that reduce water and energy bills for
. Introduce a new WaterSmart conservation program.
. Support farmers hard-hit by flooding in the north Interlake
. Invest in restoring Delta Marsh and Netley Libau Marsh.
. Provide more support for flood forecasting equipment and
operations and strengthening flood fighting abilities.
. Provide more support for municipalities.
. Provide funds for the redevelopment of the Disraeli Freeway and
infrastructure work to pave the way for IKEA in Winnipeg.
. Provide more funds for public transit and ambulance services in
Winnipeg and work with the city on community infrastructure
. Expand the Waste Reduction and Recycle Support Levy on smaller
landfills to promote recycling.
. Provide funds for the stabilization of the Display Building at
the Keystone Centre in Brandon.
5. Maintain Affordability
Keep Manitoba as one of the most affordable places to live, work and
raise a family.
. Provide $723 million in tax relief for Manitoba families since
1999, with no increase in the sales tax or personal tax rates.
. Provide $422 million in tax relief for Manitoba businesses since
1999 including the elimination of the small business tax and the
general corporation capital tax.
. Provide incentive grants to once again encourage school
divisions to hold the line on property taxes.
. Enhance the research and development tax credit for companies
working with research institutes.
. Provide college and university students with earlier access to
part of the Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate while they are still in
. Provide a tax credit for co-operative enterprise development.
. Offset fertility treatment costs through a tax credit.
. Eliminate the provincial sales tax on shredded tires used in
municipal road construction.
. Expand the fitness tax credit.
. Extend the Film and Video Production Tax Credit to 2014 and
enhance the existing tax credit based on film and video production costs
for labour, goods and services provided in Manitoba.
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