Manitoba New Democrats promise incentives for new rental units, movie productions

Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew speaks to media during a press conference to kick off the 2023 Manitoba election campaign at the West Broadway Commons in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski. RJB

Manitoba New Democrats are promising financial help for rental housing and the movie industry.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew says he would lift the provincial sales tax from the construction of new rental units if his party wins the Oct. 3 provincial election.

He says the move should kick-start development and add to the number of affordable housing units in the province.

Kinew is also promising to change the tax credits for film and video productions in Manitoba.

He says an NDP government would give a cash advance upfront to companies that come to Manitoba to make movies, instead of issuing refunds after the companies incur expenses.

Advance polls for the election open Saturday.

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