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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 miss,” said Pallister. “Manitobans are working together to navigate this challenging time and seniors throughout our province deserve our help and support.”
Created through an expansion of the Manitoba Protection Plan for the public health crisis, the Seniors Economic Recovery Credit will provide every Manitoban aged 65 and older with a one-time, refundable tax credit of $200. To ensure best use of the credit, the Department of Finance will proactively mail a payment cheque as a credit advance to each senior who filed a 2018 income tax return prior to April 1, 2020.
Seniors who have changed mailing addresses since the time of their 2018 tax filings will have an opportunity to update the Department of Finance on their address changes through a government web portal at www.manitoba.ca/seniorseconomicrecoverycredit. Those who do not receive a cheque, have not updated their addresses or are new residents of Manitoba will be able to receive the $200 credit when they file their 2020 income tax return.
Almost every senior across the province will receive the payment in May. The $200 credit will not be counted taxable as income and will not be used to claw back income-tested benefits to seniors, the premier noted.
“As we slowly and carefully begin the process of reopening of our province’s economy, this credit is putting $45 million directly into the hands of Manitobans as we move forward from COVID-19,” said Pallister. “Manitoba seniors deserve assistance during this pandemic. We can’t relieve all of their stress during these difficult times, but we can make it more affordable for them.”
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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: 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

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 federa ...more
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