Real results. Concrete actions

Manitoba is making historic investments to heal healthcare with two main streams

Health Human Resource Action Plan

Activating initiatives and incentives to retain, train, and recruit healthcare providers with our Health Human Resource Action Plan

Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force

Building healthcare system capacity and connecting patients with the care they need sooner through our Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force

We are taking action to strengthen our health system now and for our future, learn more about each of these critical initiatives below.

Health Human Resource Action Plan


In November 2022, the Manitoba government launched a $200 million Health Human Resource Action Plan to invest in distinct programs and approaches to better support nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and support staff across the province.

The action plan incorporates more than 30 comprehensive initiatives — many of which are underway. Our Health Human Resource Action Plan focuses on three core pillars:

  • RETAIN — supporting wellness, incentivization, administration and benefits programs to keep our valued healthcare providers working in Manitoba
  • TRAIN — supporting development and expansion of education programs that will ensure more healthcare providers are being trained to support long-term capacity building, and
  • RECRUIT — supporting campaigns to attract healthcare providers to Manitoba and reducing barriers to joining our healthcare workforce

Visit the Health Human Resource Action Plan website for more information.


Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force


To help address the unprecedented stress on healthcare systems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2021, the Manitoba government established the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force (DSRTF) – a team of highly-respected local healthcare professionals supported by subject matter experts from across Canada. The DSRTF identifies and implements short and long-term solutions to reduce surgical and diagnostic waitlists, shorten wait times for patients and build capacity for long-term health-care system resilience.

To date, the Manitoba government has committed $240 million to support initiatives implemented through the task force, which have resulted in: 

  • a total of 72,391​ more diagnostic and surgery procedures completed, and
  • an overall 42% reduction in COVID-19 backlogs.

The DSRTF has reduced backlogs for 35 of 36 surgical or diagnostic procedures that it is currently working on. This includes:

  • completely eliminating the backlog for 17 procedures, and
  • reducing the backlog by 50% or more for another 5 procedures.

Visit the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force website for more information.


Manitoba Seniors Hearing Aid Program

The Manitoba Seniors Hearing Aid Program provides eligible Manitobans with financial support up to $2000 towards the purchase of hearing aids.

Who is Eligible

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be a resident of Manitoba, and be a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Be age 65 or over
  • Have a household net income below $80,000 in the previous year
  • Require hearing aids as prescribed by a certified hearing aid dealer licensed in Manitoba

What is covered?

Eligible applicants will receive up to $2000 towards the purchase of their hearing aid(s), hearing assessment, and fitting of the hearing aid(s).

Visit the Manitoba Seniors Hearing Aid Program webpage for more information and to apply.


Capital Investment


The Manitoba government is providing a total multi-year capital investment of $1.3 billion to support building, expanding and renovating health-care facilities across the province as part of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan.

The plan includes eight projects:

  • construction of hospitals in Neepawa and Portage la Prairie;
  • expansion and renovation of Brandon Regional Health Centre and Western Manitoba Cancer Centre;
  • renovations at Dauphin Regional Health Centre; and
  • expansions at Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Boundary Trails Health Centre in Morden-Winkler, Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, and Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern

Click the links below to learn more about the initiatives included in this investment.

Construction underway at the new Portage Regional Health Centre
Manitoba government's construction on Selkirk Regional Health Centre underway
Manitoba government commitment to increased surgical capacity at Boundary Trails Health Centre provides care closer to home
Manitoba government announces three new operating rooms for Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach
Significant expansion of health-care centres in Brandon underway
Significant investment to improve access, enhance care for residents of northwestern Interlake region  
New Neepawa Hospital to offer care closer to home for patients in western Manitoba  
New endoscopy, chemotherapy spaces to be built at Dauphin Regional Health Centre, provide better care for Manitobans 
Province announces expanded Selkirk Regional Health Centre to support region's growing health needs and provide more services closer to home 
Expansion of Boundary Trails Health Centre will increase local services, improve access for residents in local growing communities 
Significant expansion planned for Bethesda Regional Health Centre to improve health care for all Manitobans
New Portage la Prairie hospital to enhance health services for southern Manitoba, meet the needs of province's most rapidly growing health region 
Historic $812-million investment in health-care facilities will improve access and quality of care for Manitoba families