The provincial government will provide $25 a day child care beginning in January, 2021.
More affordable child care allows more parents into the workplace, helps grow the economy, and helps ensure children receive the early learning, care and positive experiences that will benefit their lifelong learning.
The provincial government will back loans taken by large tourism operators so they can receive better interest rates and more favourable terms at their bank of choice.
Eligible tourism businesses include resort, tour, and scenic and sightseeing transportation operators with at least 100 full-time and/or seasonal employees, annual revenue of at least $10 million, and who have experienced revenue decline of at least 50 per cent for the period April 1 to July 30, 2020, compared to the same period last year.
The provincial government announced a $3 million regional emergency fund intended for cultural organizations affected by COVID-19.
The money is for non-profit organizations experiencing a precarious financial situation. Organizations whose survival is threatened in the short term could receive up to $50,000 to allow them to maintain their activities.
Applications for financial assistance will be accepted until January 29, 2021.
To provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses impacted by the new public health measures, the provincial government announced $300 million to help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.
The province is also committing to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order, and will permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to restaurants.
A new agreement between the federal and provincial governments will see Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada invest an additional $11.6 million to help support efforts by Ontario producers to stop the spread of COVID-19 on their farms.
Actions such as building physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems and enhancing hand-washing facilities will be eligible for this funding.
Under the expanded program, the amount farmers can claim for preventive expenses including a combination of workplace modifications, PPE, transportation and temporary housing will double to $15,000.
Red River College has created a new free micro-credential that will provide essential training to help increase the COVID-19 testing capacity for Manitoba Public Health, and provide a direct pathway to employment at a COVID-19 testing site.
This course, which can be completed in as little as five hours, is designed to train a number of health-care workers and students to safely perform a nasal swab.
The course will be offered tuition free to students through Red River College’s School of Continuing Education.