COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On March 27, 2020, the Finance Minister announced that it is adding a temporary exception to the employment standards regulations in order to provide flexibility to employers to recall employees once work picks up again.
  • Any period of layoff occurring after March 1, 2020, will not be counted toward the period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination, requiring employers to provide pay in lieu of notice.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of March 27, 2020.[421]

Extended tax filing deadlines for businesses

  • On March 22, 2020, the Premier of Manitoba and Minister of Finance announced that the province will extend the April and May filing deadlines for small and medium-sized business with monthly remittances of not more than $10,000. Businesses will have up to two additional months to remit retail sales taxes, and the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax Levy (payroll tax).
  • The Minister of Finance also noted that it will work with businesses regarding flexible repayment options above the $10,000 cap.
  • The deadline for filing provincial tax returns and paying any amount due is extended to August 31, 2020. The Government of Manitoba is willing to extend this date until October 1, 2020, if the federal government agrees with the measure.
  • In person service at the Taxation Division Offices is not available. Services are continuing by telephone and online.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of March 22, 2020.[422]

3-million cost-shared Canadian Agricultural Partnership program

  • The Government of Manitoba announced on July 20, 2020 a new $3-million cost-shared Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to support projects that will help agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of July 22, 2020.[423]

Relief measures for individuals

Manitoba expands support for homeless shelters during pandemic

  • The Government of Manitoba is investing nearly $760,000 to expand supports to vulnerable people experiencing homelessness as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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