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Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 25, 2022 Recent projections of Manitoba’s finances find the province could be in a  budgetary surplus by 2022 - 2023, despite the public health pressures COVID-19. This is due to Manitoba’s economy roaring back but also under-spending in public programs and generous federal fiscal transfers, finds a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) National office.
For decades, education in Manitoba has been funded by a mix of general provincial revenues and property taxes set by local school boards. In April 2020, Manitoba’s government introduced Bill 71, which was intended to initiate the elimination of education property taxes as had been promised during the 2019 election. However, this Bill is regressive in nature and fails to achieve its intended purpose of lowering taxes to Manitobans in need.
Ce rapport examine l’état des finances des provinces canadiennes et constate que, malgré les effets dévastateurs de l’épidémie de COVID-19 sur le Canada, les déficits des provinces sont en passe de disparaître beaucoup plus rapidement que prévu initialement. En fait, la majorité des provinces sont déjà en excédent budgétaire ou le deviendront au cours du prochain exercice, à mesure que l’économie se redressera.
In April 2021, Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance for the Manitoba government, introduced Bill 71. This bill was entitled The Education Property Tax  Reduction Act (Property Tax and Insulation Assistance Act and Income Tax  Act Amended) and was intended to initiate the elimination of the education portion of property taxes, which had been a campaign promise from  fall 2019. Most of the government’s legislative agenda for the third session of the forty-second legislature was introduced in the fall of 2020, but the  government did not introduce Bill 71 until April 19, 2021.
As Canada reaches two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial deficits are on track to disappear much faster than initially predicted.  Disappearing Act: The state of provincial deficits in Canada, examines the state of provincial finances and finds that major positive revisions of revenue projections mean fiscal surpluses have either already arrived or will soon.
OTTAWA—Provincial deficits are on track to disappear much faster than initially predicted despite unprecedented spending to fight COVID-19, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 
Two years of the pandemic have disrupted the learning and development of Ontario's elementary and secondary school students. In particular, households with lower incomes and fewer resources have been hit hard. Bouncing back will require strong government resolve, new policies and the funding to back it up. 
TORONTO—The Ontario government must boost annual education funding by $4.3 billion a year to help elementary and secondary school students recover from two years of pandemic disruptions to their learning and development, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says.
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is planning to implement tuition fee increases and funding cuts to Memorial University as part of its strategy to reduce the province’s deficit. This report analyzes the economic impact of that public policy decision on students, prospective students, and on the quality of university education.

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