KAP has delivered its submission for the Government of Manitoba’s 2021-2022 budget consultation process. To read the full submission, click here.
Recommendations in the submission include:
- Remove the cap on the Farmland School Tax Rebate and continue its long-term plan to remove the education tax from all property classes.
- Create a task force to study the cause and effects of poor rural connectivity to provide recommendations for improvement.
- Review funding and licencing requirements for childcare spaces in rural Manitoba, develop programs to assist with childcare costs, and create childcare services that are flexible and affordable for rural residents.
- Reinstate the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan that exempts fuel used for drying grain and heating and cooling barns and return any tax revenue earned from agriculture activities to the sector.
- Commit to include all livestock as eligible under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and expand the species list of possible predators.
- Accept and ratify the changes to AgriStability proposed by the Government of Canada at the agriculture ministers’ meeting on November 27, 2020.
- Include KAP in future discussions with Agriculture and Resource Development and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation on staff reductions or department restructuring.
- Maintain funding and staff support for important research initiatives like the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Trials (MCVET) and explore ways to enhance existing programs and provide additional resources.
- Maintain provincial funding and staff support for rural education, implement Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month as a curriculum requirement, and increase investments in agriculture-focused educational programs to meet the demand for these programs and resources.