Manitoba Budget 2024

On April 2, 2024, the Manitoba government released the 2024/25 provincial budget. Here is how it stacks up to the priorities put forward by the Right to Housing coalition to help address homelessness and housing insecurity.
    1. Right to Housing called for: A capital and acquisition fund to add 1,000 rent-geared-to-income social housing units in 2024/25 owned by public, non-profit, and co-op housing providers.

    Budget 2024 includes: Funding to add 350 rent-geared-to-income social housing units. It is unclear if these will all be non-market units.

    1. Right to Housing called for:A capital maintenance fund ($150M in 2024/25) and an operating subsidy fund to protect existing social housing and ensure no units are lost due to disrepair or lack of subsidies.

    Budget 2024 includes: $A 67.8M investment (capital maintenance fund) to modernize and improve existing social housing and a $4.4M investment (operating subsidy fund) to ensure that subsidized non-profit housing continues to be affordable to low-income households.

    1. Right to Housing called for: Funding to ensure all social housing tenants have access to support workers with a minimum ratio of 1 worker per 100 units.

    Budget 2024 includes: $5M for housing supports towards a Housing First model and other initiatives designed to address chronic homelessness. It is unclear how many new housing support workers will be funded through this investment.

    Addressing housing insecurity and homelessness requires a multi-pronged approach as outlined in the 5 pillars of our Social Housing Action Plan, so we are encouraged to see the Manitoba government take action in each of our priority areas for Budget 2024. We are confident that your postcards, emails, and letters to the Manitoba government had an impact on these investment decisions. Thanks to all of you who participated in our provincial budget campaign.

    We are very disappointed that the commitments around expanding and preserving the social housing supply have fallen far short of the identified need – the investments don’t meet our targets even halfway. So we must continue our work together to encourage the Manitoba government to be better in the months and years ahead.

    Please join us! Contact if you have any questions about Budget 2024 and housing, or for more information on how to get involved in our work.

    Read our post-budget press release here.