COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Manitoba announced that it will be reducing and streamlining markup rates and extending the zero-markup for public sales to include outdoor markets

For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of June 5, 2020[411]

Increased Investment in the 2020-2021 Canada-Manitoba Job Grants

  • The Province of Manitoba is making an increased investment of $5.7 million in the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program this year to better assist businesses with staff training costs as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced on June 3, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of June 3, 2020.[412]

Building Sustainable Communities program

  • The Building Sustainable Communities program will provide grants to non-profit and charitable organizations, municipalities, and Northern Affairs community councils to finance their community development projects. The maximum contribution from the government is up to 50% of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 20, 2020.[413]

Infrastructure package to help restart Manitoba recovery

  • The Government of Manitoba announced on May 7, 2020 that it is increasing infrastructure investments by an additional $500 million as part of an economic stimulus package to help restart Manitoba’s economy.
  • The Manitoba Restart Program will include new water and sewage projects, road and highway resurfacing and repairs, bridge repairs, municipal infrastructure priorities, and potential new cost-sharing construction projects.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 7, 2020.[414]

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

  • The Government of Manitoba is providing $120 million to support Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses through the Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP). The MGPP is aimed at helping businesses in Manitoba who do not qualify for the federal government COVID-19 relief programs. The government will advance to each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000. The loan will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020 if the recipient attests that he has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports. Otherwise, the loan will be added to the recipient’s 2020 tax bill. In order to be eligible for the MGPP funding, a business must:
    • have been operational on March 20, 2020;
    • have temporarily ceased or curtailed operations as a result of a COVID-19 public health order and have been harmed by it;
    • be registered and in good standing with the Manitoba Business and Corporate Registry;
    • have not qualified for federal government COVID-19 grant support; and
    • have an email address and a bank account.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 22, 2020. Applications can be made here.[415][416]

Workers Compensation Board surplus

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