The Selinger government says it will cap rents at Manitoba Housing complexes.
The plan was part of a raft of announcements Thursday at the downtown office of Opportunities for Employment.
Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh says the measures will assist low-income families.
"We are introducing measures to help more Manitobans get off welfare by ensuring that work pays and supports are available," he said.
Among the 14 measures announced:
- $112 000 annually to provide families receiving the Manitoba Child Benefit with assistance to pay for children’s eyeglasses.
- $2.3 million was announced for municipalities to prevent increases on public transit fares.
- $274 500 this year and $499 000 in future years for the Opportunities for Employment program to assist transitions from welfare to the workplace.
- $2.4 million over four years to help foster kids obtain training, employment and housing.
- A new rent-cap program for tenants of Manitoba Housing which will set an upper limit on rental rates.
The new measures form a part of the province’s ALL Aboard poverty-reduction strategy, which was introduced in May 2009.