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News Release - Manitoba

April 8, 2011


Manitoba non-profit groups will see stable funding and less red tape as part of a two-year strategy, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“From running local recreation centres where our kids play hockey and soccer to finding ways to improve health-care services for our families, non-profit groups are everyday heroes who help improve the quality of life for Manitobans,” Selinger said.  “They should be allowed to focus on programs not paperwork.  Our plan will make it easier for our non-profit partners to dedicate more of their energy and effort to the important services they deliver and communities they serve.”

The premier said, the four-point strategy cuts red tape and makes it easier for non-profits to provide valuable services for Manitobans by:

  • Piloting multi-year, multi-program funding with a representative group of non-profits with proven track records of success.  Additional groups will be added after the pilot is evaluated.
  • Launching an single-window application process and a target of spring 2012 for an online non‑profit web portal.
  • Eliminating duplication in reporting requirements for organizations  dealing with multiple provincial programs while strengthening accountability standards.
  • Helping organizations save money by sharing services such as legal, human resources and accounting functions with other organizations.

Many agencies already benefit from multi-year, stable provincial funding agreements, which assist them in recruiting and retaining appropriate staff and making long-term plans, the premier said.

This strategy builds on those successes by providing stable multi-year, multi-program funding, resulting in greater efficiencies and reduced duplication within government, he added.

“The government’s plan allows Art City to focus our attention on quality programs for youth rather than filling out forms.  This strategy acknowledges the work we do every day -and where our time is best spent -providing constructive activities for young people,” said Wanda Koop, artist and founder of Art City.

“This partnership improves the sector’s access to government and provides greater stability, allowing us to be more effective and make longer-term plans to build better communities for all Manitobans to enjoy,” said Martin Itzkow of the Manitoba Federation of Non-profit Organizations. 

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