This year, Manitobans will get their say on the provincial budget through virtual and telephone sessions.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced that the provincial government is inviting Manitobans to participate in virtual and telephone engagement sessions and an online survey to help with the upcoming budget.

Due to COVID-19, Fielding will host four telephone town halls and four virtual engagement sessions in late January and early February.

There will also be opportunities for Manitobans to submit online and written feedback.

Telephone town halls: 


• Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents;
• Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans;
• Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents; and
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. for rural Manitobans.

 

Virtual meetings:


• Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for rural Manitobans;
• Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. English-French bilingual session;
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans; and
• Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents.

 

The government has also launched an online budget survey through EngageMB where you can complete the survey and register for the virtual public engagement meetings and telephone town halls at https://engagemb.ca/budget-2021.

The province’s mid-year financial report and economic outlook released in December 2020 projected a revised deficit of $2.048 billion for the current 2020-21 fiscal year.