COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is returning a $37 million surplus to provide financial relief to eligible employers.
  • To be eligible to receive the surplus, employers must have fulfilled their payroll reporting responsibilities for 2019 and paid a WCB premium in 2019. Employers can still report their 2019 payroll to receive the surplus distribution.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 21, 2020.[417]

$1,3 billion to support COVID-19 fight

  • On April 15, 2020, the Government of Manitoba announced releasing up to $1 billion to support the government’s ongoing actions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic which is requested to be allocated as follows:
    • $500 million for the Health Services Insurance Fund;
    • $400 million for the internal service adjustments appropriations of government; and
    • $100 million for emergency expenditures.
  • On April 17, 2020, the Government of Manitoba announced an investment of an additional $300 million[418] to ensure the government can respond quickly to front-line health-care needs and protect vulnerable Manitobans.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 15, 2020.[419]

$5-million fund for research projects related to COVID-19

  • The Government of Manitoba announced a $5-million fund through Research Manitoba to support a clinical trial to determine if a commonly used drug can safely be used as a treatment for COVID-19. Moreover, the fund will also provide support for local researchers to develop solutions to health-care issues. The funds will be distributed as follows:
    • More than $3.5 million to support clinical and applied research including $700,000 for Manitoba’s first COVID-19 clinical trial for a drug.
    • $500,000 invested in partnerships with industry and philanthropic sources supporting existing trials.
    • $1 million invested in COVID-19 innovation projects including looking at the development of diagnostic tools.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 8, 2020.[420]

Temporary exception to employment standards layoff rules

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