Brian Pallister to make announcement about support for businesses during pandemic

By | August 26, 2020

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is expected to make an announcement about supports for Manitoba businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic amid infection numbers that have reached record highs in recent weeks.

CBC News will live stream the announcement on our website at 11 a.m. CT.

Earlier this month, the provincial government announced it was extending the Manitoba Gap Program — which offers $6,000 loans to eligible small and medium-sized businesses — until Oct. 31. 

The loans will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020, if the business hasn’t received any major non-repayable COVID-19 supports from the federal government. If the applicant has received benefits under a federal COVID-19 program, then the loan will be added to the recipient’s 2020 tax bill.

The province’s employment rate rose for the third month in a row in July, federal labour force statistics say. Manitoba now has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

Employment increased by more than 12,000 jobs from June to July — a two per cent rise — while the unemployment rate in this province fell 1.9 percentage points to 8.2 per cent, Statistics Canada’s most recent labour force survey says.

Since July, the rate of COVID-19 infections has continued to rise. There are 399 active cases in Manitoba, while 606 people have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases in Manitoba is 1,018 — more than double the total amount in the province at the end of July, when there were 422 cases.

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