Manitoba's Steps to Improve Life for Canadian Families

Manitoba's Steps to Improve Life for Canadian Families

According to The Honourable Philip S. Lee – Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – and Premier Greg Selinger, the Manitoba government is taking the following new steps to make life better for Canadian families:

  • Improving health care
    • New $120-million investment in medical equipment will give Manitobans better access to advanced diagnostic testing closer to home including new MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines) in
    1. west Winnipeg,
    2. Selkirk, and
    3. Dauphin
    • Regularly scheduled air travel for families in rural and remote communities to access care
  • Expanding education
    • New parent-teacher-school administrator- trustee committee will work with the government to limit class sizes to 20 for students in kindergarten through Grade 3
    • The plan will be developed this coming year
    • Implementation will begin in 2012
  • Creating opportunities for youth
    • New mentorship programs to help keep youth engaged in school and active in their communities, and give them job coaching and employment opportunities
    • Manitoba’s youth unemployment rate now stands at 11.8 per cent, a decrease from 12.3 per cent in September, which is now the third-lowest in the country and still well below the national unemployment rate of 14.1 per cent
    • Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson stated that Manitoba will keep making investments in job training to ensure young people can get the education they need to get good jobs and stay in Manitoba to raise their families
  • Keeping life affordable
    • Successful All Aboard poverty reduction strategy will continue to take innovative steps to reduce poverty in Manitoba
    • Three new measures designed to make it easier for Manitoba families to make energy-saving and money-saving improvements to their homes
  • Protecting families from the flood of 2011
    • Continuing high water levels raised the risk of further storm damage this fall and more flooding next spring,
    • An emergency outlet channel, which was built quickly to drain excess floodwater from Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba, helps families return to their homes sooner and reduce the risk of spring flooding next year
    • Work is also ongoing to help citizens repair the damage caused by the flood and to install new flood protection
  • Creating more jobs in Manitoba
    • In order to capitalize on the significant opportunities created by hydro expansion, the government will establish a Manitoba Energy Jobs Fund to help Manitoba companies expand and to attract international companies to create jobs in Manitoba
    • The fund will promote the development of hydro and other clean energy options in Manitoba
    • Statistics Canada shows new growth in Manitoba’s labour market as the provincial unemployment rate sits at 5.2 per cent, the third lowest in the country,
    • Manitoba’s employment level is estimated at 626,300 people, an increase of 1,600 from September’s level of 624,700 and the highest employment level in the last seven months
  • Expanding training and education opportunities for families
    • To improve education and employment opportunities for parents, Manitoba families will have access to safe, convenient child care
    • Over the next four years, new child care centres will be built, new spaces will be added to existing centres, and the salaries of child care workers will be increased to help attract workers to this vital area
    • Skilled trades training will be expanded in rural Manitoba
    • A new skilled trades and technology centre will be built at Red River College for high demand trades like carpentry, electrical and plumbing
  • Making Manitoba’s communities safer with new resources for policing

Statistics Canada indicates that the investments Manitoba is making in the economy to keep people working, find good jobs and attract new business are apparently working to benefit Canadian families in the province.

Please click here to visit Manitoba government’s website.

Manitoba, Canada

News Release

November 1, 2011

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT GETTING RESULTS ON THE PRIORITIES OF FAMILIES:  PREMIER

The Manitoba government has made steady progress on the priorities of families, Premier Greg Selinger said today when marking the end of the fall session of the legislature.

“In September, we outlined our vision for the future of Manitoba.  It’s a vision that puts the priorities of Manitoba families first,” said Selinger.  “I’m grateful for the confidence that Manitobans have put in our team.  That’s why we rolled up our sleeves and got down to work, and we’re already seeing results that will make Manitoba an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

The premier said the government is taking important new steps to make life better for Manitoba families:

  • Improving health care – a new $120-million investment in medical equipment will give Manitobans better access to advanced diagnostic testing closer to home including new MRIs in Winnipeg, Selkirk and Dauphin and regularly scheduled air travel for families in rural and remote communities to access care.
  • Expanding education – a new parent, teacher, school administrator and trustee committee will work with the government to limit class sizes to 20 for students in kindergarten through Grade 3.
  • Creating opportunities for youth – a host of new mentorship programs to help keep youth engaged in school and active in their communities, and give them job coaching and employment opportunities.
  • Keeping life affordable – three new measures designed to make it easier for Manitoba families to make energy-saving and money-saving improvements to their homes.
  • Protecting families from the flood – an emergency outlet channel, which was built quickly to drain excess floodwater from Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba, help families return to their homes sooner and reduce the risk of spring flooding next year.

The premier noted the recent speech from the throne laid out the priorities of the government including making further improvements to health care, creating more jobs, expanding training and education opportunities, and making communities safer.

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