COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On April 7, 2020, the Premier announced that the province is suspending repayment of Manitoba Student Aid loans for six months.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of April 7, 2020.[442]

Extended tax filing deadlines for individuals

  • 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 this extension.
  • The Government of Manitoba is working with municipal partners to ensure municipalities do not charge interest on provincial education taxes and school division fees. The province is encouraging municipalities to do the same with respect to municipal taxes.

Postpone eviction hearings and freeze rent increases

  • On March 24, 2020, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced that the Government of Manitoba is postponing eviction hearings and freezing rent increases. On June 22, 2020[443], the government announced that the two measures will be extended until September 30, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of March 24, 2020.[444]

Child care for essential workers

  • On March 20, 2020, The Manitoba government announced the following measures to help provide child care to essential front-line workers:
    • establish a new $18-million grant program to help early childhood educators begin independently offering child-care services at their homes or in the community;
    • continue to provide licensed child-care centres with their full operating grants and subsidies;
    • create a $2 million trust to provide capital gains to child-care providers; and
    • encourage all centres to reimburse prepaid fees to parents for child care they can no longer access at this time.
  • For more information, see the Government of Manitoba’s news release of March 20, 2020.[445]

Rent assist for Manitobans not receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)

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