Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced that the Manitoba government is providing $9 million this year for the province’s Green Team program that gives young Manitobans work in the summer months.

Association of Manitoba Municipalities president and Portage la Prairie reeve Kam Blight says it's an increase from $5 million. 

"That's something where summer students can apply to have a cost-shared position working for the municipalities," explains Blight. 

He notes much of the work included in Green Teams is roadside cleanup, mowing, painting, beach cleanups, and working at museums. 

"It's certainly a welcome increase to this fund that municipalities will certainly be taking advantage of," adds Blight.

Blight adds it will help us to move on from the pandemic, towards economic recovery, and employ some young students from our region.

"As municipalities look to move past this pandemic, programs such as the Green Team Fund are essential to continue building a stronger economy," says Blight. "This program will not only help municipalities hire students looking to gain work experience, but also promote community involvement and improve local communities. As more Manitobans look to explore our own backyard, the Green Team program is a great opportunity for our youth to work on community projects that promote sustainability and help maintain green spaces for all to enjoy."