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April 11, 2022

Budget Shoe Tradition Takes on New Meaning as Symbol of Manitoba's Unwavering Support for Ukrainians

Forgoing the tradition among Canadian finance ministers to purchase a new pair of shoes for budget day, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen met with Manitoba’s Ukrainian community today and announced the presentation of new shoeboxes filled with personal items for people forced to flee the brutal war of aggression launched against Ukraine and its people. 

“We are preparing for the arrival of thousands of Ukrainians here in Manitoba with open hearts and outstretched arms, and we will care for them with a full range of provincial support services,” said Friesen. “Our government’s unwavering support will continue, as we deliver necessary housing arrangements, health and mental-health care, education, child care, social assistance, language services and labour market assistance. The normal budget shoe tradition provides another opportunity to stand with Ukraine during this terrible ordeal, in partnership with our own Ukrainian-Canadian community, as a further symbol of our unique cultural connections and enduring bonds.” 

Over the last month, Manitobans of all backgrounds have come together to support the Ukrainian people as they seek safe refuge, with thousands attending rallies, raising funds and volunteering to help, the minister noted. 

The government’s preparations for the possible arrival of thousands of Ukrainians began within days of the Vladimir Putin-ordered Russian invasion on Feb. 24. In addition to providing $800,000 in direct humanitarian aid so far, the province immediately established and staffed a dedicated Ukrainian Refugee Task Force to co-ordinate operational planning and preparations across government. 

The task force is working with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and other Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, the settlement sector, community groups and other non-government organizations to welcome Ukrainians to Manitoba and co-ordinate a full continuum of support after their arrival.

The minister noted that in addition to support for immigration and settlement services, Budget 2022 will make strategic investments to strengthen services for all Manitobans and build a brighter future full of hope and opportunity. 

To learn more about the government’s Ukrainian response, how to help and to receive updates, visit for information in English, French and Ukrainian. 

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