MB Health Care Cuts & Changes

A Timeline of Health Care Cuts and Changes

August 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

  • Feasibility study into landfill search for the bodies of MMIWG completed
  • Mask requirements lifted in most health-care settings
  • PPC Leader Maxime Bernier admits to breaking law
  • Manitoba Hospitals to Begin Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Indigenous Identity Data
  • Manitoba Health coalition helps expose government contract with Cambie Surgeries - the most notorious advocates of user-pay, for-profit health care in Canada
  • Health care workers rally, demanding province takes action on lapsed contracts
  • Rally at Manitoba Legislature calls for safe injection sites to combat overdose deaths, rising rates of HIV
  • Chief of isolated northern Manitoba First Nation sounds mental-health alarm
  • Premier Stefanson and Minister of Health Audrey Gordon refuse to provide details on how many healthcare staff have resigned or retired in Manitoba
  • Manitoba Health Coalition Joins MAHCP and sleep doctors to call for halt to private sleep studies

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

  • Rally at Lions Place urges halt to 'shameful' sale of downtown Winnipeg seniors' complex
  • Instead of investing in the public system, the Manitoba government contracts with a private provider for sleep tests in Manitoba
  • Several PC cabinet ministers and MLAs attend CPC Leader Pierre Poilievre's speech to the extremist, anti-vaccine and residential school denying Frontier Centre in Winnipeg
  • Premier Stefanson shuffles cabinet, leaving Min. Audrey Gordon in Health and replacing Min. Sarah Guillemard with Min. Janice Morley-Lecomte in Mental Health and Community Wellness

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

  • Former Doctor's Manitoba president, Dr. Kristjan Thompson, calls for urgent help as Winnipeg hospitals suffer deep chaos due to understaffing
  • Winnipeg's Children's ER sees increased patient volumes a month after the start of the school year with no preventive measures in schools
  • Nurses union issues SOS for Grace ICU
  • Manitoba government announces funding for nursing training seats at Red River College Polytechnic, to come online in 2024

September 2022

  • Manitoba's deputy chief provincial public health officer roundly criticized for stating "it's okay to get infected" with COVID-19
  • Provincial government refuses to release cost of contracts with private, out-of-province surgical operators

August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

  • Number of vacant nursing positions in Winnipeg passes 1,300
  • First Speech From the Throne under Premier Heather Stefanson; health care professionals underwhelmed.

July 2021

  • Health care system is unable to provide care due to cuts.

June 2021

  • Nursing programs receive provincial directives to expand their enrolment to graduate more nurses as soon as possible.

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

  • Pallister spends millions on an unproven vaccine.
  • Restricted diagnostic tests since October
  • Maples review report released

January 2021

  • The vaccination plan finally released.
  • Operating licenses of 3 pch's under review.
  • Parkview place outbreak over but conditions are still deplorable.
  • New health minister still not responsible for abortions.
  • New Mental health minister not in charge of Mental Health Act.
  • Top jobs vacant in vaccination roll out with private sector being favoured.
  • New health minister and newly created minister of mental health.
  • Rural PCH COVID outbreak.

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

  • Inspection at Parkview Place highlights a number of serious infractions.
  • Understaffing in PCH pre-COVID impacting care during the pandemic.
  • Swab testing courses available via RRC to fight COVID
  • Vacancy rates continue to impact health care during the second COVID wave.
  • Throne speech read with little substantive details for improving health care access for all Manitobans.

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

  • Government issues RFP to privatize surgical procedures.

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

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 requests that 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 palliative care

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

September 2016