More help for Manitoba families
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This article was published 21/09/2022 (251 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On Aug. 31, 2022, Premier Heather Stefanson unveiled the Family Affordability Package in the ongoing effort of the Manitoba government to make life more affordable for Manitobans in need. Families with children will receive financial supports to help offset rising costs and high inflation. The Family Affordability benefit cheque will provide each qualifying family with $250 for their first child and $200 for each additional child.
Seniors on a fixed family income of less than $40,000, who claimed an education property tax credit in 2021, who rent or own their own homes will receive a payment of $300. This is a refundable tax credit and not taxable income. There is no need to apply and cheques will be mailed by Manitoba Finance this fall to recipients as indicated on their 2021 tax returns.
Manitobans currently receiving Employment and Income Assistance will benefit from an increase to the basic-needs rate starting October 2022 for the month of November. EIA general assistance recipients without dependent children will receive an extra $50 per adult each month and EIA cisability recipients will receive an extra $25 per household per month.
Struggling Manitoba families are turning to food banks more often to make ends meet. The temporary grant program called the Food Security Fund is on the way to help community organizations keep up with growing demands.
In the provincial government’s ongoing commitment to help Manitobans, we are continuing to provide rebate cheques for education property tax and have provided vehicle owners their third rebate cheque from MPIC. There has been historic tax relief and other measures as part of the 2022 budget, including the expansion of the child-care subsidy program, phasing out education property taxes, a new residential renters’ tax credit and reduction of vehicle registration fees.
Premier Stefanson said: “This phase of the Family Affordability Package is our way of standing with Manitobans by providing immediate benefits and help for those who need it most. But there is more help on the way as we work to provide benefits to Manitobans, not just with one cheque, but with ongoing benefits”.
To find out more about the Family Affordability Package, visit: https://www.manitoba.ca/familyaffordability/
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Scott Johnston is the PC MLA for Assiniboia.