Manitoba seniors helped build this great province.

They deserve to live with dignity and know that the services they count on are there for them.

  • Brian Pallister wanted to privatize home care the last time he was in government, and he’s pushing for privatized, for-profit health care now. We fought this in the 1990s and we’re fighting it again. Instead, our NDP government is expanding home care to support older adults who want to stay home longer.

  • This year we doubled the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate to help keep life affordable for seniors. Seniors who pay property tax on their home can now save up to $1,570 off their school taxes. This means nearly 24,000 senior households will no longer pay any school taxes at all this year.

  • The Primary Caregiver Tax Credit has also increased to $1,400, up from $1,275 in 2014; in 2014/15 the Primary Caregiver Tax Credit will benefit over 17,000 primary caregivers and put more than $22 million into their pockets.

    • Primary caregivers can claim up to three care recipients on their income tax return, for a maximum $4,200, which is fully refundable to the caregiver.

  • We provide support to over 15,500 units of seniors housing through a variety of programs across the province. We have also added over 1,000 PCH and supportive housing beds, and have hundreds more in development right now, to ensure our loved ones can age safely and closer to home.

Instead of privatizing home care and cancelling new housing for seniors, our NDP government will continue to invest in the front-line services our families count on.

Seniors Stats & Facts

Unlike Brian Pallister’s Conservatives, we are absolutely against privatizing home care, cutting home care services, and introducing home care user fees – all initiatives the Conservatives experimented with the last time they were in government.

Pallister is also pushing for an American-style, two-tiered health care system where the wealthiest can buy their way to the front of the line.

Our NDP government offers a different choice. We’re expanding home care, adding supportive housing and increasing the number of personal care home (PCH) beds across Manitoba to give every family the care they need.

Health Care

  • No one wants to be in the hospital any longer than they need to. Since seniors often have a longer road to recovery, we created a new rehabilitation program to help seniors regain and maintain their independence after an injury or surgery.

  • We provide funding for the FirstLink initiative, which provides information and supports to people and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Our government is also working on a renewed provincial Alzheimer’s strategy.

  • We have developed a program to help prevent slip and fall accidents at home. Our Safety Aid program provides low-income seniors with non-slip bath mats, nightlights, flashlights, fluorescent stair tape, ice melt for sidewalks and ice grip tips for canes.

Home Care

  • Helping older adults improve their health and stay in their homes longer is one of the most important ways we can support seniors.

  • Home care is one of the main ways we work towards this goal. Home care helps close to 40,000 Manitobans each year, and our government has nearly doubled our home care budget to $330 million from $165 million in 1999.

  • We are proud to say that it was an NDP government that established home care in Manitoba 40 years ago – the first universal home care program in Canada – which quickly became a model for other provinces.

  • This year we created a Home Care Leadership Team to lay out a plan to improve our universal, publicly funded home care system to serve Manitobans better into the future.

  • Manitoba’s home care is widely regarded as one of the best in all of North America. To make sure it remains accessible to every family, our NDP government will continue to reject calls to base home care on someone’s ability to pay.

  • In 2012, we expanded home care with new hospital home teams in Winnipeg that include health care professionals who will make home visits to seniors with fragile health issues.

  • In 2013, we expanded home care in Brandon with additional evening and weekend staffing to support seniors who are ready to go home from the hospital seven days a week, including evenings.

Since 2012, west Winnipeg MLAs Deanne Crothers (who’s also the Minister for Healthy Living and Seniors), Sharon Blady and Jim Rondeau host a Senior Fair at the Heritage Victoria Community Club. The Fair offers informational booths, guest speakers and live demonstrations to address issues that might be on the minds of Manitoba seniors.

Seniors’ Housing

  • Our Aging in Place Strategy helps seniors to continue to contribute to the social, civic and economic life of the community. It has been internationally recognized as a model for supporting seniors at home.

    • We have created a Seniors’ Roundtable that will help plan for and meet the future housing needs of seniors.

    • We are investing over $9 million to provide 140 additional safe, affordable homes for seniors. This builds on our original commitment of more than 500 units already delivered over the past five years.

  • We’ve also gone from just 69 supportive housing units in the whole province in 1999 to close to 800 today. That’s more than a tenfold increase.

    • We’ve also have created or have under development over 3,900 units of Supports to Seniors in Group Living (SSGL) units and over 300 spaces for Specialized Supports (SS).

  • Low-income seniors can apply to our Rent Assist benefit program, which helps low-income Manitobans renters afford a better place to live.

October 2015