don't need that $200?!
Upset the Province of Manitoba is giving middle and upper income seniors $200 during COVID-19 while low income Manitobans in need go without?
The Seniors Economic Recovery Credit is not income tested. Low income and fixed income seniors absolutely need support - as so do people with disabilities, people on social assistance, and those who’ve lost work due to COVID-19. The new seniors tax credit will cost $45 million dollars and be provided to all 225,000 seniors in Manitoba, regardless of need. While many low-income seniors are in need of support, Manitoba is the only province that has not provided any income support to low income people or those impacted by COVID-19.
Take some political action and show the provincial government that they must provide help to Manitobans who need support the most.
take action now! here's what you can do:
- Seniors: if you can afford to, please donate your $200 “Seniors Economic Recovery Credit” to ending poverty in Manitoba. Organizations in Manitoba have been working hard throughout the COVID-19 crisis to respond to community needs. Many of them are Make Poverty History Manitoba (MPHM) coalition members and could use your support. See the list BELOW this post for links to organizations who are part of MPHM, a “big tent”, multi-sectoral collaborative coalition committed to changing public policy to achieve a Manitoba without poverty. They could use your support in serving our communities!
- Share your message why you are donating your $200 to help end poverty - and what you would've wanted the provincial government to do instead. We will be collecting quotes and information to help spread the word and communicate to the provincial government! Use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your quotes. Here are some examples:
- “Premier Pallister’s move to give every senior in Manitoba a $200 rebate as a “deserved benefit” is not one this senior “deserves.” While some of my cohort do need at least $200, many, many more are like me - well pensioned and debt free. Public money should be spent to lift the burdens of the poor, not line the pockets of the comfortable.” - Barb Jones, senior
- “That a provincial government dedicated to “finding efficiencies” and cutting community organizations suddenly has $45 million dollars to give to seniors regardless of need is a crass vote-buying move that fails to address issues of poverty and inequality in this province” - Beverly Peters, senior
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Sign our online petition calling for the Province of Manitoba to provide $300 emergency supports per person per month to those on social assistance. This would cost the province approximately $63 million dollars, which would be an effective and efficient use of public resources to target support to those who need it most. The province could easily implement this emergency assistance. For more on why people on social assistance need help during COVID-19, please see the campaign website here.
MPHM Members Responding to COVID-19. Donate today!
Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba
Community Unemployed Help Centre
Council of Canadians-Winnipeg Chapter
Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association
Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
Independent Living Resource Centre
Indigenous Women's Healing Centre
John Howard Society of Manitoba
Klinic Community Health Centre
Local Investment Towards Employment (LITE)
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities
Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. -Our Relatives' Home
North Point Douglas Women's Centre
NorWest Co-op Community Health
Pulford Community Living Services
Resource Assistance for Youth Inc.
Supporting Economic and Employment Development Winnipeg Inc. (SEED Inc.)
Selkirk Community Renewal Corporation
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc.
St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry
Thrive Community Support Services
West Broadway Community Organization
West Central Women's Resource Centre