Manitoba pledges $52M in new funding to divisions for back to school amid coronavirus



a man wearing a suit and tie: Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen speaks during a COVID-19 live-streamed press conference at the legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


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Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen speaks during a COVID-19 live-streamed press conference at the legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The Manitoba government has committed $52 million in new funding to help school divisions welcome students back during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced the one-time funding Monday, which comes on top of $48 million school divisions saved during the spring when schools were closed, and which can now be used.

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Goertzen said all divisions across the province will have access the cash, called the Safe Schools fund, and the money will be doled out on a per-student basis. Some of the money will be held in reserve in case its needed to respond to emergencies, he added.

“This additional investment in our education system will support our Restoring

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