Province Advises Manitoba Rent Guideline Set at 1.5% for 2017

Manitoba Justice advises the 2017 rent guideline has been set at 1.5 per cent and will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

The guideline is determined annually based the Manitoba Consumer Price Index (CPI) and applies to most residential rental property including apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.  The guideline does not apply to:
• rental units renting for $1,455 or more per month as of Dec. 31, 2016;
• personal care homes;
• non-profit housing with subsidized rent;
• approved rehabilitated rental units; and
• new buildings that are:
– less than 15 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after April 9, 2001, or;
– less than 20 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after March 7, 2005.

Landlords may apply for an increase above the guideline if they can show the guideline will not cover cost increases they have incurred.

Tenants must receive written notice of a rent increase at least three months before the increase takes effect.  For example, for a rent increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2017, tenants must receive notice by Sept. 30, 2016.  With few exceptions, rent can only be increased once a year.

Tenants have the right to object to any rent increase, whether it is below, at or above the guideline.  Objections must be made at least 60 days before the rent increase is set to take effect.

Landlords and tenants are encouraged to contact the Residential Tenancies Branch at 204-945-2476 in Winnipeg or 1-800-782-8403 (toll-free in Manitoba) to find out more about rent increases and other rights and responsibilities.  Information is also available at


Province Welcomes Alamos Gold Plan to Begin Feasibility Study on Project Near Lynn Lake

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen today welcomed news that Canadian mining company Alamos Gold Inc. will soon begin work on a feasibility study at its Lynn Lake gold project.

“The decision by Alamos Gold Inc. to undertake a feasibility study of the geologic potential of their Lynn Lake project represents a significant step forward for this project and highlights the excellent opportunities that exist in Manitoba for expansion of the mining industry,” said Cullen.  “Our government welcomes this commitment by Alamos and looks forward to continuing to develop our positive relationship with this and other interested mining corporations.”

A 2014 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) completed by Alamos’s predecessor estimated an initial capital investment of $185 million in the Lynn Lake project would allow for average annual production of 145,000 ounces.  That scale of production would generate annual revenues of approximately $250 million based on current gold prices, the minister said.

Alamos’ feasibility study is expected to advance the analysis provided by the 2014 PEA and will result in an updated estimate of the project’s potential costs and production volumes, the minister noted, adding Alamos expects the study to be completed by fall 2017.

Feasibility studies provide a verifiable analysis of the economic potential of a mineral deposit and represent an important step toward mine development.  These studies generally include the following components;
• mineral resource estimate,
• metallurgical testing,
• production design and optimization,
• process plant site selection, and
• tailings management facility site selection and design.

Baseline environmental studies are already underway within the study area.