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Friday, July 23, 2021

Changes to Manitoba’s education system

Our PC government recently announced changes to our education system that will put the needs of students first. This strategy will shift resources from top-heavy administration to the classroom and provide parents with greater say in their children’s education. The plan streamlines the school system by unifying 37 school divisions into one Provincial Education Authority to manage administrative services while creating 15 regions to address local needs. Parents will have more meaningful involvement in local decision-making through new School Community Councils. These important changes will free up resources to be re-invested where they are needed most – in the classroom. This announcement builds on our previous commitments to build 20 new schools and a $1.6 billion education funding guarantee.

We are also making steady progress on our provincial COVID-19 immunization rollout. Vaccine pop-up clinics have launched in many rural and northern communities to make it easier for eligible Manitobans to be immunized. To access a full schedule for these clinics, please visit www.manitoba.ca/vaccine. We have also launched an online booking system to increase accessibility for Manitobans while booking appointments. For more information, please visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html

I am proud to highlight a recent provincial announcement of $9 million in fire protection grants to protect Manitobans, including approved projects in our local community. The East St. Paul Fire Department received funding totalling $41,500 comprised of $21,440 for a commercial washer and dryer and $20,100 for an overhead light tower. Our government recognizes the value of effective fire prevention services in keeping our communities safe. These projects will strengthen fire protection and emergency response services and protect residents and businesses for generations to come.  

I welcome any questions or concerns you may have. My office can be reached at (204) 641-2107 or rrnorthca@mymts.net

Jeff Wharton MLA is the MLA for the Red River North Constituency

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