COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news releases of June 26, 2020[424]

  • Manitoba Job Restart Program

    • The Government of Manitoba is introducing the Manitoba Job Restart program, which will provide direct payments to a maximum of $2,000 to help qualified Manitobans return to work.

    • For more information and to apply, see the Government of Manitoba’s news releases of June 23, 2020 and June 26, 2020.[425][426]

    Support for front-line workers

    • On June 2, 2020, the Government of Manitoba announced a $120-million risk recognition program to recognize the risks taken by front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is available to workers employed on a part-time or full-time basis from March 20 until May 29. The workers must have worked for a minimum of 200 cumulative hours or would have worked that amount but were required to self-isolate under public health orders. An employee’s total pre-tax employment income during the eligibility period must be less than $5,000 per month, or $12,500 total, and exclude overtime from the total gross income calculation.

    • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news releases of June 2, 2020 and June 16, 2020.[427][428]

    • The Manitoba government has announced payments to 78,442 Manitobans as part of the $120-million Risk Recognition Program that will be equally divided among them.

    • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news releases of July 31, 2020.[429]

    Student-employer job matching tool

    • The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, an online tool dedicated to matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province.
    • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 28, 2020.[430]

    Support for low-income Manitobans with disabilities

    • The Government of Manitoba is extending $4.6 million in direct and immediate financial support to low-income Manitobans with disabilities thought the Disability Economic Support Program. Each of the Manitobans receiving monthly benefits under the disability category of Employment and Income Assistance will receive $200 in early June.
    • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 26, 2020.[431]

    $10 million investment in community development projects

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