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PROVINCE OPENS ONLINE INTAKE FOR $120-MILLION MANITOBA GAP PROTECTION PROGRAM

POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2020 | 3:19 pm

Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Encouraged to Apply to Receive $6,000: Pallister

The provincial government’s online portal to facilitate business applications to the Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is now live, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Many Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses are facing significant pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to help them through this challenging time,” said Pallister. “We created a Manitoba solution to bridge the gap for approximately 20,000 businesses that don’t qualify for the federal funding announced in response to COVID-19, to make sure some relief is available to local businesses so they can minimize layoffs, hire staff back and prepare to safely restore the services they offer to Manitobans.”

The premier announced the $120-million MGPP last week and noted staff worked hard to get a website up and running so Manitoba businesses can submit applications for funding. The MGPP provides an interest-free, forgivable $6,000 loan to small and medium-sized businesses in Manitoba that have experienced hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health orders. Loans are available to businesses that fail to qualify for the various federal government assistance programs and wage subsidies created because of COVID-19.

Eligible businesses will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $6,000, electronically deposited into their business bank account.

“Our government has been working with Manitoba’s business sector to identify the greatest need and target our support to businesses harmed by the pandemic and its fallout,” said Pallister. “We are working with our partners to ensure we make the right decisions at the right time so we can provide maximum opportunities for recovery for the benefit of all Manitobans.”

Permanent, Manitoba-based businesses that were operational in the province on March 20 (the date the Manitoba government declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19) are eligible to apply if they temporarily ceased or curtailed operations as a result of a COVID-19 public health order, which harmed their business in Manitoba. Businesses must not have received federal government COVID-19 grant funding support, and do not intend to apply for and receive previously announced federal government COVID-19 non-repayable funding support.

Eligible businesses are now able to submit online applications forms at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/mgpp.html. To apply online, applicants must have:
•    a valid Manitoba Business Number;
•    a Companies Office registry number;
•    good standing with the Companies Office;
•  Manitoba Workers Compensation Board and Manitoba Retail Sales Tax account numbers, if applicable;
•    the sole proprietor’s social insurance number (SIN) as well as one other partner’s SIN (if the business is a partnership);
•    business email address; and
•    business bank account information for purposes of depositing the payment.

The full form and list of eligibility criteria is available online. Individuals that require assistance in completing the online form can contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office (toll-free) at 1-888-805-7554.
 
The province’s goal is to provide a $6,000 deposit to eligible businesses within a few days of applying online, the premier added.

The application deadline for MGPP is July 31.

Deadline Extended to Apply for the 2019 Farmland School Tax Rebate

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 11:30 AM

The Province of Manitoba has introduced temporary orders related to the state of emergency.  A component of these orders has resulted in extending the deadline to apply for the 2019 Farmland School Tax Rebate to the earlier of September 21, 2020, or the end of the state of emergency associated with COVID-19.

Applications must be received by MASC by the end of the day on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Property Owners Connected to the Low Pressure Sewer Force Main in Warren & Woodlands

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 2:22 PM

The R.M. of Woodlands has contracted Jeffery’s Environmental Services Inc. to conduct the annual pump out of all septic tanks hooked in to the town low pressure sewage system.  This process will be conducted beginning May 15, 2020 with completion by September 30, 2020.  It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure the tank is accessible and free of obstructions.  In addition, to ensure that your tank can be properly rinsed out, please run a connected garden hose out to your tank.  Once the tank has been pumped out, you will receive a report from the operator and your hose can b ...more

Manitoba News Release: Province Investing $45 Million for Manitoba Seniors to Lessen Financial Burden Posed by COVID-19 Pandemic

POSTED: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 2:34 PM

Seniors Throughout our Province Deserve our Help and Support: Pallister The province is extending $45 million in direct financial support to Manitoba seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Seniors Economic Recovery Credit that will deliver a $200 tax credit to each recipient, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Senior citizens across the province are facing increased financial hardships because they now have to pay extra for grocery deliveries, or purchasing and learning to use technology at home so they can communicate with their family members and the loved ones they ...more

Manitoba News Release: Nearly 1,700 Manitobans Registered in AbilitiCBT Virtual Therapy Program

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2020 | 3:58 PM

Virtual Mental Health Services Helping to Meet Challenges of COVID-19: Pallister To mark Canadian Mental Health Month, Premier Brian Pallister is encouraging Manitobans to access the various mental health supports available throughout the province, such as the internet-based therapy program AbilitiCBT. The province is providing this program, launched by Morneau Shepell, free of charge to help Manitobans cope with anxiety related to the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, many Manitobans are trying to balance some uniquely challenging aspects of this pandemic includ ...more
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