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The PC's Promise Seniors Will be Able to Defer Property Taxes Leaving Them With More Money

Thursday, September 7, 2023 - Provincial PC candidates and members of Cabinet, Kevin Klein and Scott Johnston, told the media that a re-elected PC government would help seniors make ends meet by allowing them to defer some or all of their yearly property taxes and provide new support to cover the cost of mobility aids.

Manitoba seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, lead healthy lives, and be active in their communities. But with the federal NDP-Liberal coalition driving up inflation and their cost of living, it's getting harder and harder for them to age in place while living on a fixed income," said Johnston.

For those seniors struggling today to pay their bills, this new measure will help make you financially secure and keep more money in your pocket to cover essentials like food and transportation.

The Manitoba PC Team said the median income for Manitoba seniors aged 65 and older was $34,800 in 2021. Through a new property tax deferment program, the provincial government would pay deferred taxes to local governments on a qualifying senior's behalf. The deferred taxes would be repaid with interest when a home is sold, ensuring the program is cost-neutral.

Additionally, Klein and Johnston said a re-elected PC government would introduce a new $500 tax credit to help cover the cost of equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs and improvements to their home.

"With the pressures of inflation, more seniors are worried about being able to age in their own homes," said Charanjit Kaur Sandhu, a senior who lives in Tyndall Park. "Deferring our property tax will help people like me stay in my home longer, and help with the costs of mobility equipment will help me even further. Today's announcement shows me that the PCs truly have the best interests of seniors at heart."


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