Affordability

When Manitobans sit down to pay the bills, they can see that our low cost of living makes a big difference for their families.

That’s why we’re keeping life affordable in Manitoba, while creating good jobs and opportunities for everyday families.

  • When Brian Pallister’s Conservatives privatized MTS, telephone rates soared in Manitoba. Now they’re looking to privatize Manitoba Hydro, which would send your monthly electricity bill skyrocketing. Instead, our NDP government has guaranteed that Manitobans pay the lowest combined bills in Canada for electricity, home heating and auto insurance.

    • Our independent auditor found that Manitobans paid an average of $2,965 last year for electricity, home heating and auto insurance—the lowest in the country.

  • We know child care is one of the biggest expenses for many families. That’s why we fund licensed child care spaces to keep our fees the lowest in Canada outside Quebec.

  • With our new home warranty rules, families who buy a newly constructed home will be covered against construction-related problems that appear after moving in. Pallister’s Conservatives voted against this legislation, proving once again that they’d rather side with big business than families.

Nothing would make it harder for families to make ends meet in Manitoba than Pallister’s plan for two-tier health care, where families would have to pay out of pocket for routine visits to the doctor, tests and treatments.

Instead, we’re focused on keeping life affordable for families by building a strong economy, creating good jobs and strengthening laws that help everyday Manitobans.


How a strong economy keep life affordable for everyday families

Over the past five years, Manitoba’s economic growth has been second best in Canada—ahead of Saskatchewan, and behind only Alberta.

A strong economy creates good jobs for Manitobans. In fact, we’re creating jobs faster than anywhere else in Canada. Especially for young people just entering the workforce, this means more opportunities to choose from right here in Manitoba.

Wages are following suit. Average weekly earnings in Manitoba grew 4.3% last year. That translates into $40 per week more for the average working family, or about $2,000 a year.

$2,000 makes a real difference in the lives of Manitoba families. That’s money they can use to buy hockey equipment, do some renovations around the home or put away for retirement.


The Manitoba Advantage


Living in Manitoba has many advantages. We have one of the most affordable costs of living in the country and a high quality of life that makes our province a great place to live, work, invest and raise a family.

Since we formed government, families have seen the value of one of their biggest assets – their home – more than triple. And our rent control measures are keeping apartments affordable.


Finance Minister Greg Dewar brought in new income tax credits this year for Manitobans who help protect our communities by serving as volunteer firefighters or search and rescue personnel.

Here are some of the other ways we’re keeping life affordable:

  • We’ve increased the Education Property Tax Credit to $700.

  • We’ve doubled the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate to $470, bringing seniors’ total possible education property tax rebate up to $1,570.

  • Manitoba is the only province in the country to have completely eliminated its small business tax, removing 12,000 businesses from the tax rolls and saving each small business owner $55,000 every year.

    • On January 1st, 2016, we will increase the small business threshold to $450,000. This will take an additional 2,000 small businesses off the tax rolls, freeing up more money for them to expand and hire.

  • This October we increased the minimum wage to $11.00/hour.

  • Budget 2015 introduces new funding to help make healthy foods more affordable in Manitoba’s remote communities.

  • We are keeping university affordable by freezing tuition fees at the rate of inflation. This year, we have the third lowest university tuition fees in Canada and the second lowest college tuition fees.

    • When Brian Pallister was in government, he cut funding to universities and let tuition fees skyrocket by 132%--even as enrollment decreased by 8%.

  • This summer, we became the first province in Western Canada to help keep life affordable for students by eliminating interest on student loans.

October 2015