Manitoba Crown corporations cut more management jobs than the government ordered

Manitoba's Crown agencies have cut even more management jobs than the 15 per cent of positions they were ordered to eliminate.

130 management jobs eliminated over 2 years at Hydro, Liquor and Lotteries and MPI, more than 15%

A provincial directive to cut 15 per cent of management positions at three Crown corporations was followed by the agencies, the Manitoba government said Wednesday. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

Manitoba's Crown agencies have cut even more management jobs than the 15 per cent of positions they were ordered to eliminate.

The province said Wednesday that Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation and Manitoba Public Insurance combined to eliminate 130 jobs over a two-year period, which is a 23 per cent reduction in the number of management positions.

The government ordered the cost-cutting measure in 2016 to improve the province's finances.

Job cuts permanent

The province enlisted MNP to audit the Crown corporations and ensure the job reductions are permanent and the roles are not being filled by contractors or held as vacant positions.

MNP, an accountant, tax and business consulting firm, found that eliminating the jobs saved $3.8 million in salaries.

The Crown agencies carried 553 management executives as of May 1, 2016, but that number dropped to 423 positions two years later.

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While 149 positions were actually eliminated, the agencies added 19 new management jobs during that time frame. 

Minister of Crown Services Collen Mayer applauded the Crown corporations for going above and beyond in finding efficiencies within management. 

"They took their mandate seriously," Mayer said. "They evaluated the process. They looked at what positions were needed and they came back with what they felt was the best decision to serve Manitobans."