WINNIPEG - School funding in the province will increase by $120 million in the upcoming school year.
“Manitoba has the second-highest spending per student in Canada after New Brunswick at $15,412 and we are maintaining this position at the national level with a further investment of $120 million this year,” said education minister Wayne Ewasko. “School divisions have told us that COVID-19, inflation and other costs have increased financial pressures, and this has been taken into consideration in this year’s public school funding. These increases will ensure that school divisions have the resources they need to help students succeed.”
James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, says while the announcement seems generous, it's not nearly enough. However, he's grateful the Stefanson government is working on a new funding model.