Applications for the Small Business Assistance Program will be accepted until December 15, 2020. The program, which was announced October 22, may conclude sooner if funds are exhausted.
The program is intended to help businesses deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as revenue losses and the costs associated with enhanced health and safety protocols.
For more information, or to apply online, clickhere.
Under the Safe Restart Agreement, the provincial and federal governments will provide $14 million to assist the early learning and child-care sector in implementing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
The funding will help operators ensure they have the resources to meet health and safety guidelines while also supporting increased hours of service.
The provincial government announced $65.5 million in additional measures to support the tourism industry.
A total of $38 million will support the tourist accommodation sector, while $17 million will go to support tourist destinations. Additionally, $5 million will go to tourism promotion in Quebec and outside Quebec markets, and $2.5 million to revive business tourism in Montreal.
The provincial government is investing $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training.
More than $2 million will go to the new Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, which will enhance the capacity of all SBECs across the province to expand their services, supporting businesses across the province.
An additional $131,000 will go to Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada to develop and deliver a four-part COVID-19-specific financial literacy tool kit for small businesses, while $51,000 will go to Financial Advisors Association of Canada, a non-profit association of financial advisors, to provide pro-bono professional financial advice for small companies.
Manitoba businesses and organizations required to close under current public health orders are now able to apply online for a $5,000 Manitoba Bridge Grant.
Eligible businesses and organizations include non-essential retailers, restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brewpubs, microbreweries, distilleries, recreation and sport facilities, museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, not-for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations and registered charities.
The new #ShopLocalMB campaign is intended to protect businesses by promoting safe shopping.
The campaign is working with a local design company to tell the stories of Manitoba businesses, entrepreneurs, makers, and creators. The messages will reinforce reminders of how to shop safely, such as using delivery, in-store pickup or drive-thru options when possible.
Businesses that wish to be featured in the #ShopLocalMB campaign should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The provincial government announced a new phase of the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program targeted to workers in long-term care facilities, personal care homes, integrated healthcare facilities (which include both long-term and short-term care) and for home care workers providing care to seniors in their own homes.
The program will provide $400 a month for two months effective November 19, 2020, for eligible workers regardless of income level.
Clickhere for more information, or to apply online.
The provincial government is providing $171,000 to help shelters respond to pressures brought on by COVID-19.
The new funding is in addition to pandemic response supports that were announced in April 2020.