The Prince Edward Island Emergency Payment for Workers is a $500 payment for workers and self-employed Islanders who have completely lost their income or had their hours reduced by at least 12 hours per week from December 7 to 21, 2020.
The province is relaunching the Employee Gift Card Program. These $100 grocery gift cards are for workers who have been laid off between December 7 and 21, 2020. The application form is to be completed by the employer, who will distribute cards to recipients.
The provincial government announced changes to assistance measures intended to help SMEs deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
An additional $50 million in funding is being provided through the Emergency Assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises program, bringing the total amount of funding for this program to $300 million.
Funding programs are now open to SMEs that have been operating for at least six months, down from 12 months previously.
Additionally, the government is investing $364,547 for a paid training project for 20 early childhood educators in Montérégie, and $696,715 for a paid training project for 30 early childhood educators on the North Shore.
The federal and provincial governments are investing over $3.5 million to help more than 700 businesses in Ontario’s agri-food sector establish or expand their online presence. This initiative is intended to provide consumers with more local food choices when shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative featured two streams of funding. One provided grants of up to $5,000 for eligible applicants to establish an online and marketing presence.
The second stream allows eligible organizations, businesses and collaborations to apply for cost-share funding to implement high-impact e-business projects.
The provincial government is expanding the Manitoba Bridge Grant program and extending the program deadline to protect more small businesses.
The second stream of the Manitoba Bridge Grant program provides up to $5,000 in support to home-based businesses that were ineligible in the first round. This may include event planners, photographers, artists, and tradespeople who do not operate a retail location.
The deadline for applications to the Manitoba Bridge Grant is December 31.
The provincial government is partnering with Red River College to ensure people who will administer the COVID-19 vaccine have the opportunity to upgrade or extend their skills with a new micro-credential.
The free eight-hour course includes an online portion and an in-person lab. Participants will learn about the virus, safe COVID-19 vaccine procedures, immunization and related anatomy, and best practices.
The micro-credential course begins December 15 in Winnipeg and will be offered in additional communities in the near future. To participate, individuals must first be hired as immunization team members through Shared Health Manitoba.
The provincial government has expedited the proclamation of new legislation that allows retailers to stay open later on Sundays and holidays.
Bill 4 – The Retail Business Hours of Operation Act eliminates retail shopping hour restrictions so businesses are no longer required to close after 6 p.m. on Sundays and certain holidays.The bill gives municipalities the authority to pass bylaws that keep some restrictions in place.
The province will maintain its current restrictions on Remembrance Day.
The provincial government announced the Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate, which will assist businesses as they adapt to COVID-19.
The rebate will assist businesses who have adapted to different business models, such as changing the use of square footage, installing physical infrastructure to comply with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, and upgrading technology, such as websites, to enhance their business.
Eligible applicants will receive a rebate of 50 per cent up to a maximum of $5,000.
The provincial government is expanding and increasing the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.
This second payment will now be 15 percent of pre-pandemic monthly revenues, up to a maximum of $15,000, for a total of $20,000 in potential funding available to each business, up from the original $5,000.
The program is also expanding to include job creators who have experienced a 30 per cent revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This lowers the threshold from the existing requirement of 40 per cent.