COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On May 20, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that it is providing $10 million to support 344 community development projects throughout the province to increase investment in Manitoba’s community and create jobs.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 20, 2020.[432]

Relief for vehicle registration

  • On May 12, 2020, the Government of Manitoba announced a $11-million program beginning July 1 that will reduce vehicle registration fees by 10%.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 12, 2020[433]

Support for students and post-secondary institutions

  • The Government of Manitoba will match all funds raised by universities and colleges for the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI) for the 2020-21 academic year. Approximately $30 million will be provided to students this year through scholarships and bursaries.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 6, 2020.[434]

Seniors Economic Recovery Credit

  • The Government of Manitoba is extending $45 million in direct financial support through the Seniors Economic Recovery Credit to support seniors. The credit benefits every Manitoban aged 65 and older with a one-time and refundable tax credit of $200.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of May 5, 2020.[435]

Orders to support specific groups

  • The Government of Manitoba announced on April 28, 2020, that it is implementing four orders to continue to support particular populations during the COVID-19 crisis:
    • the Youth in Care Provisions Order, which ensures that youth in the Child and Family Services system who turn 18 during the pandemic will continue to be offered ongoing supports;
    • the Student Aid Provisions Order, which allows post-secondary students to remain eligible for aid even if they temporarily stop qualifying during the state of emergency period. This provision lowers the minimum monthly repayment to $0 for the next six months, suspends the obligation for a student to start paying back their loan eight months after they end their studies, prevents borrowers from going into default during the state of emergency period, and extends the maximum term for repayment;
    • the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Credential Provisions Order, which suspends the requirement that a carrier licensed under the agreement must have and display credentials, and the province will not fine licensed carriers if their licensing authority was unable to distribute their credentials; and
    • the Trucking and Transportation Provisions Order, which extends the expiry dates on certain permits, certificates or registrations until July 31. Deadlines to pay IRP registration renewal charges are also extended, along with an extended period between required inspections on vehicles such as busses and commercial carriers. In addition, the regular three-month deadline for new residents and non-residents to replace their out-of-province driving permits with a Manitoba driver’s licence, vehicle registration or insurance is also extended to July 31.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 28, 2020.[436]

Clarification of emergency benefit for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) clients

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