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Province Seeks Spending Authority for Half a Billion Dollars on COVID-19 Response

The provincial government is seeking authority from the Manitoba legislature to spend an additional half-a-billion dollars on its COVID-19 response to protect Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“As Manitoba adapts its response to address emerging and evolving needs, we continue investing in our top priority – protecting Manitobans,” said Pallister. “Manitoba has devoted the third highest per capita pandemic spending in Canada, after only Ontario and Quebec, to help protect public health and safety, prepare for potential future waves of the virus and further support the safe reopening of our economy.”

The supplementary appropriation would provide government departments the additional spending authority for $577 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

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