Saskatchewan & Manitoba This Week

What to Expect

After a weeklong constituency break, MLAs in Saskatchewan are back in the Legislative Assembly this week. Rising COVID-related hospitalizations and the power outage in southern Saskatchewan caused by a spring storm will dominate the news cycle.

In Manitoba, legislators sit for one more week before a week in their ridings. Health care will continue to dominate the discussion.

The Week That Was

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s new legislation aimed at providing further safeguards for victims and survivors of human trafficking came into force on April 20. The Protection from Human Trafficking Act streamlines the process for victims to seek a protection order and adds new provisions for protection orders.

Saskatchewan is leading the nation in year-over-year retail trade growth with a 13 per cent increase between February 2021 and February 2022 and a total value of over $2 billion.

Manitoba

More than 40 projects will receive a total of $704,000 in targeted financial assistance through the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Manitoba government has opened the first of two intake periods for the 2022-23 Canada–Manitoba Job Grant. With a total budget of $10 million, the program will support Manitoba’s workforce training needs.

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