Manitoba Merging 4 Government Departments

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba Legislative Building (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Manitoba Legislative Building (CHRISD.CA FILE)

In a cost-cutting effort, the Manitoba government plans to merge multiple departments to save $1.5 million annually.

Some offices will be consolidated while others will be restructured to use staff and existing office space more effectively, while not eliminating any positions.

Affected departments include Infrastructure and Transportation, Conservation and Water Stewardship, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, and Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

“In this time of economic uncertainty we are committed to finding responsible ways to reduce spending by improving and modernizing service delivery,” said Finance Minister Stan Struthers. “This is a part of the province’s balanced approach that focuses on what matters most to Manitoba families.”

The province will also develop options for one-stop shop information and services through pilot projects in Boissevain, Beausejour and Grandview, while maintaining critical front-line services throughout all other departments.