A series of workforce reductions and saving measures will help the government save $860 million, says Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding.
About $500 million of that comes from core government programs, said Fielding.
About 100 government departments, post-second institutions and Crown corporations found 4.9 per cent in non-essential operating expenses and 2.2 per cent non-essential workforce expenditures in recent weeks, Fielding said.
The public sector was asked to find ways of cutting non-essential spending that could be redirected to the frontline health-care fight against COVID-19.
Some departments were facing between 10 and 30 per cent cuts that could’ve included layoffs.
Fielding said the province is facing an estimated $5-billion deficit mostly due to revenue drops and expenditures associated with the fight against to COVID-19.
Another $2 billion is expected to be spent on procuring personal protective equipment and other frontline health-care costs.
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