The deadline to apply for a minimum $1,000 through the Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program has been extended until July 9, 2021.
The Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program provides eligible businesses with a one-time rebate of a portion of their paid property taxes. They can choose a rebate of $1,000 or 50 per cent of the commercial real property taxes paid for the final six months of the 2020-21 tax year.
The provincial government is reopening the Manitoba Bridge Grant program to provide an estimated $5 million in support for seasonal businesses, new applicants and others affected by public health restrictions.
The current intake is intended for businesses that did not previously apply, such as new and seasonal businesses that were not operating as of the original November 10, 2020, program deadline.
Eligible storefront businesses will receive $5,000 and home-based businesses will receive up to $5,000 based on 10 percent of their most recent calendar year revenues.
The province is also extending the $2,000 food waste top-up to new applicants.
The deadline to apply for Manitoba Bridge Grant funding is July 16, 2021.
The provincial government is introducing the $30 million Healthy Hire Manitoba program, a new wage support to help private-sector employers reopen and encourage employees to get vaccinated and return to work.
Employers can apply for up to $50,000 in provincial support to help cover the wages of new employees who can attest they have been vaccinated or will be vaccinated.
Eligible employers will receive a grant equivalent to 50 per cent of wages for a maximum of 10 employees, with a maximum of $5,000 per employee. The wage support covers full pay periods for employees hired on or after June 10, 2021 with the last pay period ending October 15, 2021.
Some 76,500 more workers will receive a one-time $1,200 payment to recognize the risks they have taken to support Albertans and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Payments will go to workers in the healthcare, social services, education and private sectors who deliver critical services to Albertans or support food and medical supply chains.
To be eligible for the benefit, employees must have worked a minimum of 300 hours during the period of Oct. 12, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021. Support staff working in licensed child care must have worked a minimum of 243 hours during this period.
Eligible private sector workers making $25 per hour or less will also qualify.