Updates for the week of July 13, 2020
- The federal government announced the Safe Restart Agreement, an investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make Canada more resilient to possible future waves of COVID-19. The funding will address seven key priorities, including a temporary income support program that provides workers who do not have paid sick leave with access to 10 days of paid sick leave.
- The provincial government is extending the deadline for employers to submit applications under the Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Essential Worker Support Program. The new deadline is August 20, 2020.
- The provincial government is providing approximately $54,000 toward the development of training videos that will help new employees joining the food services industry. The funding will go to the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, which proposed the idea and will oversee development of the videos.
- The provincial government has made amendments to the federally funded essential worker wage top-up program. The program now includes private sector home care support workers and early learning and childcare enhanced support workers who provide direct client care. Visit the FAQ page for more information.
- The provincial government has allocated more than $1 million to support and improve tourism in the Mauricie region. The money will be used to support businesses suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The government also announced $806,544 in tourism funding for the Centre-du-Québec region, and $926,000 for the Côte-Nord region.
- The funds come from the establishment of the 2020-2022 Regional Tourism Partnership Agreement.
- The provincial government will invest a maximum of $100 million in the new National Bank SME Growth Fund SEC (National Bank Fund) to support economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and support the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Read the official press release.
- The provincial government is expanding its ‘Back to Work’ wage subsidy program and providing additional financial support for businesses. The program is part of #RestartMB, Manitoba’s roadmap to recovery from COVID-19. The application deadline is October. 1, with a deadline to submit proof of wages of January 4, 2021.
- Businesses can apply for the subsidy online.
- The provincial government has extended its province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act. The extension came into effect on Tuesday, July 14 and runs for 30 days.
- The provincial government will give Red Deer College an additional $5 million for capital maintenance and renewal, creating an estimated 28 new jobs.
- Elsewhere, the province is providing additional $3.35 million for capital maintenance and renewal work at Lethbridge College, creating an estimated 19 new jobs.
- Medicine Hat College will receive $850,000 to replace its electrical substation, creating an estimated five jobs.
- The projects are part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.