Premier Brian Pallister announced the Province of Manitoba will be allocating up to $1 billion to support the government’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. According to the Estimates of Expenditure documents tabled today in the Manitoba Legislature, the additional spending authority is to be allocated as follows:
- $500 million for the Health Services Insurance Fund;
- $400 million for the internal services adjustments appropriations of government; and
- $100 million for emergency expenditures.
In addition, the Manitoba government is making further additions and amendments to strengthen The Emergency Measures Act and enable provincial orders that will aid in the response to COVID-19. The amendments will allow decisive immediate action through provincial orders approved by the lieutenant-governor in council that take effect the day they are made and may have a retroactive effect to the start of the declared State of Emergency.