Budget 2018 - Manitobans Making Choices

Keeping our promises. Real progress for Manitobans.

The Manitoba government's plan to fix our province's finances, repair our services and rebuild our economy is working - and when a plan is working, you stick with the plan.

A budget that reflects your priorities

This year, almost 35,000 Manitobans took part in the province's pre-budget consultations.

Budget 2018 reflects their concerns, their priorities and their hopes.

It delivers the largest tax cut in Manitoba history and, at the same time, removes thousands of modest-income Manitobans from the tax rolls.

It also continues to fix Manitoba's finances with a $319 million reduction to the deficit, even as taxes are being cut and record investments are being made in important services.

The Manitoba government is on schedule to reduce the PST within the next two years and deliver a balanced budget in the very near future.

Whether you are a small business owner, a student, a senior or a working Manitoban, Budget 2018 is designed with you in mind.

Take the time now to discover what Budget 2018 means to you and your family.

Real Progress on Healthcare

Budget 2018 recognizes that healthcare is the number one priority for Manitobans.

  • Funding for Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is $6.2 billion - the highest level of funding in Manitoba history
  • Spending for the Home Cancer Drug Program will increase by almost $14 million
  • Adding $7.7 million for expanded dialysis treatment
  • Reducing ambulance fees
  • Creating 60 full-time paramedic positions in communities across Manitoba

Real Progress for Education

Budget 2018 understands that a strong education system today means a brighter future in Manitoba tomorrow.

  • Increasing funding for Manitoba Education and Training by an additional $13.7 million - the highest amount spent on education in Manitoba history
  • Providing an additional $6.6 million to K-12 funding
  • Building five new schools
  • Improving the Student Aid program by focusing on students who need it most

Real Progress for Families

Budget 2018 understands that strong families are the foundation of Manitoba's future.

  • Providing $60.5 million in additional funding to Manitoba Families
  • Increasing funding to improve the quantity and quality of affordable housing by almost $9 million
  • Introducing a Child Care Centre Development Tax Credit
  • Providing $13 million more for adult DisABILITY Services
  • Supporting more than 700 childcare spaces

Real Progress for Infrastructure

Budget 2018 invests in infrastructure spending in order to create jobs and opportunities.

  • Completing Freedom Road this year
  • Completing the Waverley Street Underpass
  • Upgrading the Portage la Prairie wastewater treatment plant
  • Investing $70 million to launch the channel project that links Lake Manitoba to Lake Winnipeg
  • Establishing a conservation trust, with an initial endowment of $102 million, for the climate strategy

Real Progress for Agriculture

Budget 2018 recognizes the vital role agriculture plays in strengthening and building Manitoba's economy. This industry employs over 33,000 Manitobans and generates approximately $6 billion in annual economic activity.

  • Partnering with the federal government to invest $176.8 million in strategic initiatives over the next five years
  • Increasing funding for the Farmland School Tax Rebate by $3.4 million
  • Giving rural municipalities a voice concerning the distribution of funds to projects which affect their communities and areas directly

Real Progress for Northern Manitoba

Budget 2018 believes in northern Manitoba and recognizes the tremendous economic potential this part of the province holds.

It invests in priorities like:

  • Look North - the viable, long-term economic development strategy for sustained economic growth and prosperity in the north
  • Extending high-speed internet service to schools, health centres and more than 55,000 Indigenous customers - an investment of almost $84 million
  • Introducing a northern tourism strategy to increase northern tourism expenditures by $35 million by 2022

The Largest Tax Cut in Manitoba's History

The tax cuts in Budget 2018 take money off the cabinet table and put it back on the kitchen table of every home in Manitoba.

It invests in priorities like:

  • Manitobans will save more than $230 million in taxes over the next two years
  • Removes more than 30,000 modest-income Manitobans from the tax rolls
  • The small business tax deduction will be increased from $450,000 to $500,000

Budget 2018 - Financial Chart showing basic personal amount and taxes saved by Manitobans.