On November 16, 2015, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger outlined his government’s agenda for the next session of the Manitoba legislature in the Speech from the Throne. 

In the last Throne Speech before the April 2016 provincial election, the Selinger government outlined not only its legislative agenda for the upcoming session, but also outlined many future initiatives that Manitobans can expect the government’s election platform to contain.

The Throne Speech contains numerous policy and spending announcements. Specific to Manitoba retailers, the government  announced it will:

  • Make Remembrance Day a full statutory holiday;
  • Extend the current 5-year, $5 billion infrastructure plan beyond 2020, for a total investment of over $10 billion;
  • Increase the minimum wage and bring the incomes of Manitoba families above the poverty line;
  • Provide paid leave for Manitobans who are victims of domestic violence;
  • Expand paid leaves for Manitobans providing care for family members; and
  • Increasing funding to Travel Manitoba.

No further details were provided regarding establishing Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday or on increasing the minimum wage. RCC will be contacting Manitoba Labour for further information regarding these announcements.

The 2015 Manitoba Throne Speech can be found here.

Retail Council of Canada is meeting with numerous government officials in the coming weeks to discuss the government’s legislative agenda and the next provincial budget.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director -  Government Relations (Prairies) at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654