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Pandemic spending, tax reductions: Some highlights of Manitoba's 2021-22 budget

By The Canadian Press

Published 2:39 PDT, Wed April 7, 2021

WINNIPEG — Finance Minister Scott Fielding tabled Manitoba's 2021-22 budget Wednesday. Here are some key points from the fiscal plan:

Projected deficit of $1.6 billion, down from $2 billion last year, on total spending of $19.4 billion.

Education tax on property to be reduced by 25 per cent for residential and farm properties and by 10 per cent for other properties. Additional cuts to come next year.

— Provincial sales tax to be collected on digital services such as Netflix, Airbnb and online marketplaces starting Dec. 1.

— Sales tax to be removed from personal care services, including spa treatments, on Dec. 1.

Vehicle registration fees to be reduced by 10 per cent in July, following a similar cut last year.

Guideline for rent control units to be zero per cent in 2022 and 2023, following a previously announced 1.6 per cent raise this year.

Threshold at which employers start paying provincial payroll tax to rise Jan. 1 to $1.75 million from $1.5 million.

$1.2 billion in new COVID-19 spending in areas including protective equipment and vaccine distribution.

Tens of millions of dollars to help businesses hire and train employees as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

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