MB Health Care Cuts & Changes

A Timeline of Health Care Cuts and Changes

February 2019

  • The government announces the purchase of 65 new ambulances in an effort to modernize fleet.

January 2019

  • The government and Bell will be partnering to provide $1 million over 5 years to 'Strongest Families Institute' (SFI).

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018


September 2018


August 2018


July 2018

  • WRHA that requests the personal care homes create proposals to reduce their budgets by another 0.25% this year, matching a 0.25% cut last year. That means the next round of budget restrictions is set to cost that group more than $100,000 over two years
  • Provincial Government issues a request for proposals for private operation of the air service's Lifeflight air ambulance and general transport services.


February 2018

  • The Special Drug Program (SDP) to transition onto Pharmacare. The move means people formerly on SDP will have to pay a deductible based on income for life-saving drugs


January 2018

December 2017


November 2017


October 2017


September 2017


August 2017

  • Position deletion letters to be sent to 500 nurses.


July 2017


June 2017


May 2017


April 2017


March 2017

  • The Health Minister announces budget cuts for Regional Health Authorities in 2017/18.
  • The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's (WRHA) budget is cut by $83 million (5%) 
  • The Northern Regional Health Authority's (NRHA) budget is cut by $6 million
  • Prairie Mountain Health's budget is cut by $17.5 million (3%)
  • Southern Health - Sante Sud's budget is cut by $11 million
  • Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority is cut by $8 million
  • The Provincial Government issues orders to Regional Health Authorities and Health Agencies to cut 15% (90 jobs) of management positions in 2017/18.
  • WRHA Hospital Home Team program is cut
  • MRI for Dauphin put on hold
  • The Provincial Government cuts public health care to international students total cost $3 million.


February 2017

  • Premier Pallister cancels over $1 billion in health care infrastructure projects.
  • Cancelled projects include:
  • A new facility for CancerCare Manitoba - $300 million
  • A personal care home in Lac Du Bonnet - $32 million
  • St. Vital primary care ACCESS clinic - $4.7 million
  • The Pas primary care clinic - $3.5 million
  • A new facility for Pan Am Clinic
  • Concordia Wellness Centre
  • An international centre for dignity and pallative care


January 2017


December 2016


November 2016


September 2016








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