COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On April 24, 2020, the Government of Manitoba announced that it will be treating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit as earned income under the provincial EIA. This will allow EIA clients to continue to receive benefits and will increase the amount of support available to EIA clients.
  • For more information, see the Province of Manitoba’s news release of April 24, 2020.[437]

Summer Student Recovery Plan

  • The Summer Student Recovery Plan is a new wage subsidy program aimed to support high school and post-secondary students employed in the private and non-profit sectors. The government announced that up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 24, 2020.[438]

Relief for public insurance policy holders

  • Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is returning up to $110 million to provide financial relief to its policyholders. The returns take the form of a rebate based on what policyholders paid last year and expected to be around 11 per cent, or between $140 to $160, per average policyholder. The rebate cheque can be expected between the end of May and early June.
  • For more information, please see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 23, 2020.[439]

Paid Administrative Leave for Health-Care Staff

  • The Government of Manitoba will provide health-care staff paid administrative leave for the full 14-day period of asymptomatic self-isolation.
  • Workers that have symptoms during self-isolation will be compensated by sick leave benefits, pursuant to their collective agreement.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 14, 2020.[440]

Unpaid Leave for Employees

  • New legislative provisions will allow employees as much unpaid time off work as needed to:
    • be in isolation or quarantine;
    • obtain medical examination, supervision or treatment;
    • comply with an order made under The Emergency Measures Act or the Public Health Act;
    • provide care or support to a family member as a result of COVID-19; or
    • Comply with travel restrictions.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 14, 2020.[441]

Suspended student loan repayments

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