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Manitoba Election 2019: What it means for your business

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Manitoba’s provincial election took place on Tuesday, September 10th. The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba was re-elected, and the New Democratic Party of Manitoba will serve again as the Official Opposition. 

To find out what commitments the Government of Manitoba made that are important to your business, visit our Party Leaders' Survey website. 

Highlighted Commitments:

We welcome the new government’s commitments to:

  • Balance the budget in 2022-2023;
  • Implement a long-term plan to relieve property owners of the burden of education property taxes, beginning after the budget is balanced and taking place over 10 years;
  • Eliminate the PST from several services including haircuts, tax return preparation, and home and rental insurance premiums; and,
  • Maintain the current CPI linked model to approach minimum wage adjustments.


We also welcome commitments from the Government and Official Opposition where they both agreed to:

  • Work with municipalities to reduce red tape in permitting processes;
  • Allow businesses to choose whether to open or not on statutory holidays; and,
  • Bring forward prompt payment legislation or similar changes in the construction industry and working with industry stakeholders. 

As a non-partisan organization, CFIB shared the Manitoba Election 2019: Small Business Platform with all Manitoba parties to ensure that small businesses were the big focus of this election. 

We challenged all Manitoba party leaders to adopt policies that address challenges in four key areas by:

  • Delivering needed tax relief; 
  • Spending like a small business; 
  • Reducing red tape; and
  • Balancing labour laws and enhancing training programs.

We surveyed all party leaders to find out where they stand on issues important to your business, and to ask for specific policy commitments. All responses were posted unedited on our website and shared with CFIB members and all media outlets. 

To learn more about these four key policies, visit our Manitoba Election 2019 website. 

Do you have questions about the provincial election? Call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or send an email to [email protected].