Manitoba Throne Speech 2019

A full copy of the throne speech can be found here:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/thronespeech/thronespeech_nov_2019.html

Highlights:

  • Beginning in the 2020 tax year, the Provincial Sales Tax on professional fees related to the preparation of wills and tax returns will be eliminated;
  • The Provincial Sales Tax will also be removed from personal services over $50, including salon services;
  • Probate fees will also be eliminated as of July 1st, 2020; and
  • Vehicle registration fees will be reduced by 10 per cent starting on July 1st, 2020.
  • eliminate the education portion of property taxes over 10 years starting 2020
  • Partners in Economic Growth (PEG) initiative will be launched with regional and sector partners selected to focus on the province’s areas of economic strength, including agriculture, aerospace and technology.
  •  eliminate provincial regulatory barriers that restrict the ability of our farmers to produce food for local markets, and free consumers to connect directly with local producers.
  • eliminate Sunday and holiday shopping restrictions while preserving the right of municipalities to maintain retail hour restrictions in their communities if they so choose
  • A new $20 million Manitoba Mineral Development Fund will be established to encourage resource development in northern Manitoba
  • Funding for tourism promotion will be increased by 25 per cent, with five per cent of tourism related revenue devoted to promoting Manitoba tourism and investments, including a strategy to attract more major events
  • enhanced Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit
  • highway construction budget will be increased from $350 million to $400 million over the next four years.
  • The Public Sector Construction Projects (Tendering) Act will be re-introduced to level the playing field so that contractors are not forced to hire unionized labour
  • complete the Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel
  • $407 million has been added to the province’s rainy-day fund
  • replace the Civil Service Act with The Public Service Act
  • $2 billion Health Care Guarantee
  • create 200 new nursing positions by 2023
  • $3.4 million women’s health initiative will be launched
  • a new acute medical sobering facility staffed with mental health professionals capable of treating up to 20 patients at a time, supportive recovery and a 24/7 drop-in centre
  • 12 new treatment and waiting spaces for those suffering meth psychosis and other serious addiction and mental health issues
  • 20 New Schools Guarantee will mandate the construction of 13 new schools over the next ten years in addition to the seven schools already committed
  • 1,510 additional school-based child-care spaces will be added as part of the 20 New Schools Guarantee
  • $25 million Teachers’ Idea Fund to support innovative solutions brought forward to streamline operations by teachers, and improve educational outcomes
  • extend leave protections to all survivors of sexual violence, regardless of whether or not they were in a domestic relationship with the perpetrator. Survivors will be able to access 10 ad hoc days, and a continuous period of up to 17 weeks, to obtain victims’ services, seek legal assistance or relocate
  • implement `Clare’s Law’ in Manitoba, ensuring that women can access information about their partner’s past history of domestic violence and empowering women to leave potentially abusive situations.
  • A Municipal Audit and Accountability Program will also be established to provide third party value-for-money audits for municipalities that desire to improve services without raising taxes
  • introduce a $25 million energy efficiency retrofit program for existing homes and commercial buildings
  • The ethanol requirement will be increased to 10 per cent, and the biodiesel requirement to five per cent, of fuels in 2020
  •  allow restaurants to deliver wine directly to customers. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will be directed to exempt Manitoba craft distillers, cideries and brewers from product mark-ups for craft products produced and sold on-premises (personal edit – WOOHOO!)

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