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Economic Growth Action Plan


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The co-chairs' report Growing Manitoba's Economy called on the Manitoba government to take concrete actions to advance their recommended strategic priorities. The Manitoba government is responding through its Economic Growth Action Plan launched on December 6, 2018.

Since the launch of the Economic Growth Action Plan, the government has established the structures and relationships needed to deliver effective economic development programming, including a new Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet, a new Manitoba Economic Development Office, and seven regional and strategic partnerships for program delivery. A government-wide review of economic programming is also underway to ensure alignment with Manitoba's economic development goals and efficient use of resources.

In addition, new economic development programs are being introduced including the Innovation Growth Program, a revamped Tax Increment Financing Framework and a Skills, Talent and Knowledge Labour Market Strategy. As called for in the Growing Manitoba's Economy report, strategies in Manitoba's key economic sectors are also a priority. Consultation is underway for the Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy and the Manitoba Provincial Tourism Strategy is in development.

These 'Phase 1' actions were initiated as a response to consultations with business, industry and stakeholders that indicated government needed to prioritize:

  • a transparent, consistent and timely decision-making framework;
  • a co-ordinating body with a 'how can we help' attitude;
  • better alignment across departments and agencies; and
  • programs that respond to the needs of business and industry.

The following actions are being funded using existing resources.

 

Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet

The Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet has been established to oversee a whole-of-government approach to growing the provincial economy and to deliver on the Economic Growth Action Plan's key outcomes. The mandate of this Committee is to ensure that the government's approach towards economic development is comprehensive and strategically aligned across provincial departments and agencies. The members of this Committee are:

 

Economic Development Office

The department of GET has recently undergone a strategic restructuring which included staff being assigned to the newly established Economic Development Office (EDO). The goal of the EDO is to lead major economic development initiatives and investment projects on behalf of the government, and coordinate efforts across departments, agencies and organizations to ensure program delivery alignment. Working in collaboration with our partners, the EDO aims to meet the needs and advance the interests of business, industry and communities.

 

Partnerships

Mandates have been set for seven regional and strategic partnerships in both rural and northern Manitoba through mandate letters from Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.

Four regional partner organizations will deliver programs and services in northern Manitoba, rural Manitoba, the Winnipeg capital region and the city of Winnipeg. These partners are:

  • Northern Manitoba
    Partner: The Communities Economic Development Fund
    Mandate Letter
  • City of Winnipeg
    Partner: Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW)
    Mandate Letter
  • Rural Manitoba
    A new regional organization is being established to focus on rural Manitoba led by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
  • Winnipeg capital region
    A partnership agreement is being developed with Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to lead economic development delivery in the municipalities that surround Winnipeg.
    Mandate Letter

Three strategic partner organizations will deliver programming related to innovation, trade and investment, and tourism:

Funding agreements are currently being developed for regional and strategic partners and will be resourced through GET's Partnerships for Economic Growth (PEG) program. Additional background can be found on the Partners page.

 

Programs and Strategies

The co-chairs' report recommended a review and relaunch of current economic development programming to ensure availability to existing capital resources, as well as developing new programs to advance and encourage innovative economic development initiatives. In response, GET has begun a review of its current offering of economic programs to eliminate duplication and streamline existing and upcoming economic development initiatives across government.

In addition to this review, new programs are currently being developed to continue the drive towards a stronger and more efficient economic framework:

Innovation Growth Program (IGP)

The goal of this program is to encourage small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) private-sector investment to develop and commercialize innovative new products. The IGP will support SMEs in the development and growth stages of the business life cycle to de-risk innovative product development, accelerate growth and strengthen SMEs financial position so they can secure future funding to build their business in Manitoba. Further information on the Innovation Growth Program can be found here.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Framework

The new TIF Framework will strengthen the use of tax increment financing as a tool to encourage economic growth across Manitoba. By aligning TIF support with the Economic Growth Action Plan, it will ensure these investments are supporting what Manitobans want and provide an opportunity to establish strategic partnerships with municipalities and business leaders to create new growth opportunities for Manitoba. The Department of Municipal Relations is currently working with key stakeholders to develop the application process, investment priorities and outcome measurement. Further information on the TIF Framework can be found here.

Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy

The Province is actively developing a first-of-its-kind sustainable protein strategy, ensuring Manitoba producers are well positioned to remain leaders in plant and animal protein development in the face of increased global demand. The protein strategy is the first sector-specific strategy under the Economic Growth Action Plan with the goal of fostering competitiveness, facilitating growth, identifying investment opportunities and addressing economic barriers in the province. This strategy will maintain the Manitoba government's focus on creating an environment for investment attraction while supporting research and innovation, and reducing red tape that hampers the growth and development of the agriculture industry.

The consultation paper, Manitoba Protein Advantage, was released on February 1, 2019, and stakeholder consultations began on February 19, 2019. The deadline for feedback based on the consultation paper is May 15, 2019, and the final strategy will be released during the Manitoba Protein Summit in September. More information on the Manitoba Protein Advantage can be found on Manitoba Agriculture's website.

Provincial Tourism Strategy

The Provincial Tourism Strategy is the second sector strategy under the Economic Growth Action Plan which aims to increase tourist expenditures to $2.2 billion by 2022. The strategy is based on extensive consultations with industry and supported by a steering committee, a measurement and monitoring system, and regular opportunities for stakeholder feedback. Manitoba's tourism sector contributes more than three per cent to the province's GDP, and expects to see a 19 per cent increase in visitors by 2022, attracting 12.6 million local, national and international visitors, up from 10.6 million visitors in 2016. The Provincial Tourism Strategy can be found on Travel Manitoba's website.

Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy

The goal of this strategy is to develop a cross-cutting framework to ensure the province has the right skills, knowledge and talent to enable a thriving economy. This strategy will build on Manitoba’s strengths to provide opportunities for the existing workforce as well as develop future talent. It will support a better post-secondary education system and partnerships to improve job creation and retention, and student outcomes aligned to an ever-changing competitive labour market. The strategy will be informed and guided as a result of feedback received by education and employment training providers, industry stakeholders, and existing reviews and recommendations.

Supporting Strategies

The Growing Manitoba's Economy report recommended alignment of strategies that have implications for economic development to improve overall responsiveness and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship in Manitoba. More information can be found on our Supporting Strategies page.

 

Actions Summary: Going Forward

Actions expected to be complete by the end of June 2019 include:

  • Development and execution of service agreements with regional and strategic partners
  • Finalizing and launch of the Innovation Growth Program
  • Consultations for the Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy
  • Launch of the Manitoba Tourism Strategy

Actions expected to be complete or substantially complete by Fall 2019 include:

  • Launch of the Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy
  • Launch of the Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy
  • Development of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy
  • Establishment of regional partner organizations for rural and northern Manitoba
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