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July 10, 2023

Manitoba Leads in Reducing Barriers to Canadian Internal Trade and Labour Mobility

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Delivering Leading Opportunities and Better Prosperity: Stefanson

Manitoba leads the country in reducing internal trade and labour mobility barriers in a report card issued by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Premier Heather Stefanson announced here today.

“Our government continues to deliver leading trade and economic growth opportunities for the benefit of all Manitobans,” said Stefanson. “Now more than ever, as Manitoba families are dealing with affordability challenges, our government continues to lead by example to open more pathways to better prosperity.”

Reducing internal trade and mobility restrictions could increase Canada’s real gross domestic product by over four per cent, the equivalent of over $1,500 for every Canadian family.

In awarding its top national grade and score ranking, the CFIB concluded that Manitoba has fewer internal trade and labour mobility barriers than any other province or territory. This best in Canada standing reflects the Manitoba government’s ongoing leadership and commitment to pursuing this key economic driver, the premier added.

“We are proud of our accomplishments in achieving the best position in such a relatively short timeframe, but we will keep pushing for necessary progress across the country to maximize impact and more opportunities for Manitobans,” said Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton.

The Manitoba government has also signed the most regulatory reconciliation agreements to improve cross-country business operations and cut red tape. It is also the only jurisdiction to permit full direct-to-consumer alcohol sales across Canada with no import restrictions on personal use.

A copy of the report card can be viewed online at

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