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Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government says the delayed affordability package scheduled for the end of January is to be sent out soon.

A spokesperson for Finance Minister Cliff Cullen said the first of the cheques will be placed in the mail starting the week of Feb. 20.

The reason for the delay was to ensure that as many recipients as possible had time to update their addresses if they moved after filing their 2021 income taxes. The cheques are part of a package to assist individuals and families across the province with the rising cost of living.

The cheques will be sent to all Manitoba homes with a net family income of less than $175,000 in 2021, with $225 going to single people, and $375 to couples. Approximately $200 million was set aside to fund the nearly 700 000 cheques.

The province made the initial announcement about the affordability payments on January 26th.