Nothing opens more doors than a good education.

Our NDP government’s commitment to add 75,000 workers to the workforce by 2020 starts with making sure every child can get a good education and training opportunities.

  • Instead of laying off teachers to make ends meet, we’re choosing a balanced approach. Even in these uncertain economic times we’ve increased school funding this year for the 16th year in a row.

  • We are giving Manitoba schools more tools to fight bullying and cyberbullying so that every student, including those who are LGBTTQ*, can feel safe in school.

    • Brian Pallister’s PCs, on the other hand, unanimously voted against this legislation. They also cut or froze Manitoba’s education budget almost every year they were in government.

  • Smaller class sizes mean that kids get more individual attention from their teacher when they need it most—in those vital first years in school. We are moving forward on our commitment to limit class sizes to 20 students for kindergarten to Grade 3.

We said no to cuts that hurt families—that approach didn’t work the last time the PCs were in government, and it won’t work now.

Instead, our plan will give young people opportunities to stay and get good jobs right here in Manitoba.

Education Stats & Facts

We want to make sure young people have the skills they need to get on the path to a good career here at home.

We are focusing on getting students the foundational skills they need in math, reading, writing and science so they can take advantage of the opportunities being created by our growing economy.

  • Since 1999, our government has invested over $1 billion to build or replace 35 schools and to renovate classrooms, gyms and science labs around the province.

  • More students are finishing high school. Manitoba’s graduation rate is now 87%, up from 71% in 2002.

  • For 2015/16, funding will increase by $25 million or 2%, for a total investment of $1.27 billion in education. This means overall funding has increased by $500 million or almost 65% since 1999.

Investing in the early years

  • Ensuring our kids have high quality education is a key part of our plan to get them ready for every opportunity:

    • We’re reducing class sizes in the early years

    • Our anti-bullying legislation protects all Manitoba’s students

    • Our parent-friendly, plain language report cards make it easier for parents to help their kids learn

    • We established common in-service days within school divisions to help families coordinate their busy schedules.

  • We’ve made great progress in reducing class sizes in the early years so students can get more one-on-one time with their teachers.

  • For the 2014-2015 school year, we invested an additional $3 million to hire 100 new teachers.

  • In total, we have hired over 300 teachers to reduce class sizes since 2012. That’s almost half the number Brian Pallister got rid of when he was a member of the last PC government.

In October 2014, Education Minister James Allum and Kirkfield Park MLA Sharon Blady visited with the children at École Robert Browning School after announcing over 300 new teachers hired in partnership with school divisions since 2012. Our government built this kindergarten classroom at Robert Browning to help reduce class sizes.

Helping high school students get on the path to a good career

  • We are now investing $30 million to upgrade shops classrooms with the latest technologies so that kids today can be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • For example, we are:

    • Expanding the auto body and culinary arts programs at Kildonan-East Collegiate

    • Expanding & upgrading shops classrooms at Garden City Collegiate

    • Expanding the broadcast and online media studio and plumbing program at Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre

    • Expanding the welding program at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

    • Offering new specialized high school programs, such as Sisler High School’s cyber-security academy.

  • We are also expanding the existing High School Apprenticeship Program by accrediting new programs in schools across all regions of the province.

September 2015