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Our government has remained committed to making life more affordable for Manitobans, and making our province more competitive. Our team has recently made some really exciting announcements to help Manitoba grow, while also helping Manitobans make ends meet.

We announced the board of the new Venture Capital Fund, which will attract new businesses and entrepreneurs to invest in Manitoba and create jobs. We also announced a new tax competitiveness working group to further position Manitoba as a destination to start and expand businesses. Helping make Manitoba competitive will continue to be a key pillar of our government.

We know that inflation is making it tougher for families to make ends meet. Our government is taking action to help Manitobans who need it the most.

Mikaela Mackenzie / Winnipeg Free Press

Premier Heather Stefanson (centre) introduced the board of directors of the province’s new venture capital fund on Oct. 17.

We unveiled a new affordability package that directly provides relief to every Manitoba family with children under 18 years old. Families with one child will receive a $250 cheque, and families with multiple children will receive $200 for each additional child. Seniors with fixed incomes will also receive an affordability cheque for $300. This affordability benefit will help around 145,000 Manitoba families.

This builds on other historic tax relief measures our government has taken, like the phasing out of the education property tax. This year, the average household received over $580. In all, the average Manitoban now pays $2,400 less in taxes than under the previous NDP government.

We’re helping make life more affordable, and we know that there’s more work to do. That’s why our government is strengthening the Public Utilities Board to make Manitoba Hydro more sustainable and to keep rates low. Under Bill 36: The Manitoba Hydro Amendment and Public Utilities Board Amendment Act, rate increases for a fiscal year cannot exceed five per cent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. It will also change PUB hearings to occur every three years instead of every year — saving ratepayers millions.

Our government will continue working for the best interests of all Manitobans, and helping make life more affordable for Manitoba families.

As your Tuxedo MLA, I’d love to hear from you about other ways our government can help. You can contact my office at tuxconst@mymts.net

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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