Manitoba to help pay summer wages at businesses impacted by COVID-19

By | June 18, 2020

The Manitoba government on Thursday launched a new hiring program to help businesses still struggling to rebound from the COVID-19 impact.

The program will cover half the summer wages for up to five employees for Manitoba-based businesses. Employers can apply for that 50 per cent reimbursement on wages paid from June 18 until Aug. 30, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $25,000 per business.

“We appreciate our many local businesses that temporarily closed their doors, reduced capacity or changed the way they operate in order to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and follow provincial public health orders,” Premier Brian Pallister said.

“Those closures and changes come at a cost to businesses, and we want to ease their road to recovery.”

Phase 3 of the province’s reopening strategy is set to begin Sunday, which includes allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity as long as tables are separated by two metres or a physical barrier.

The province already has a $120-million loan program for small- and medium-sized businesses that were forced to close due to COVID-19-related public health orders but couldn’t get federal help.

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