Spending

Checks will be given to families and seniors in Manitoba to fight inflation, says premier

Manitobans will receive financial assistance from the province to deal with inflation and rising costs.

Premier Heather Stefanson announced Wednesday that the province will spend $87 million on an “affordability package for families.”

“It’s more than clear that many Manitobans are hurting and struggling to make ends meet,” Stefanson said. “While Manitoba families are resilient, these tough economic times have created the perfect storm with unprecedented cost increases hitting us everywhere we turn.

Under the package, families with children and whose household income is less than $175,000 in 2021 will receive a benefit check for $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child.

The province estimates that 145,000 families with about 282,000 children will benefit from the checks.

Seniors with a family income of less than $40,000 who claimed an education property tax credit in 2021 will receive a benefit check for $300.

Stefanson also announced that those who receive Employment and Income Assistance will receive an increase in their rate. General Assistance customers with no dependent children will receive an additional $50 per adult each month, and all EIA customers will receive an additional $25 per household each month.

Checks will be mailed at the end of September.

Manitoba’s announcement comes a week after Saskatchewan announced $500 checks for all residents 18 and older to help with inflation.

-With files from The Canadian Press