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Manitoba government adds more money to job program after facing criticism

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has partially walked back a funding cut to a program that funds summer jobs for teens and young adults.

Municipal Relations Minister Ian Bushie says he is adding $300,000 to the Green Team program, which helps non-profit groups and municipalities hire young people in the summer.

Bushie says he made the decision after hearing from some of the affected organizations.

The NDP government has been facing criticism for reducing Green Team funding this year by $4 million to $5.6 million.

Sports groups, museums and others have said they were surprised when, after years of getting funding, they were either rejected or given less money.

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives say they will continue to push for the funding to be fully restored to last year’s level.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2024

The Canadian Press

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