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Jan 26

COVID-19: PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL UPDATES

VACCINATION UPDATES:

• The Province plans to release its vaccination priority schedule (sequencing of populations for entire vaccine roll-out) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with the caveat that the situation is fluid and may be subject to change.
• Dr. Joss Reimer shared today that the Personal Care Home (PCH) immunization campaign will be completed one week in advance of original plan (by Jan. 30), and all eligible residents will receive their second dose as indicated. Dr. Reimer said that they are seeing approximately 90% uptake among PCH residents. When asked about the potential of relaxing measures in our PCHs once the 1st dose vaccination campaign is complete next week, Dr. Roussin said: “As of right now, the single dose of a vaccine administered to this highest-risk group is not going to change our public health measures. We simply cannot make any changes just yet.”
• Dr. Reimer shared that they are seeing approximately a 70 to 80% vaccine uptake rate among eligible health care workers, and that they are very pleased with those results overall.
• Manitoba is pausing new vaccine appointments due to a third reduction in Pfizer vaccines, and have paused appointments at the Winnipeg and Brandon vaccine super-sites. At this time, the phone lines have opened for the Thompson super-site for bookings as of Feb. 1.

For current info about Manitoba’s Immunization: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html

NEW INTAKE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION: Manitoba Bridge Grant

Re-check your eligibility as this grant has been re-opened to new applications with broader eligibility criteria closing on Jan. 31/2021. Both Stream A (bricks & mortars businesses) and Stream B (full-time home-based businesses) are now accepting NEW applications.

  • Stream A: $10,000 grant to eligible Manitoba businesses and organizations that are required to fully close their premises to the public as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 or any revisions to those Orders.
  • Stream B: maximum grant equal of up to $10,000 to eligible full-time Manitoba home-based businesses that have been impacted by Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 or any revisions to those Orders. Qualifying applicants will receive a grant equal to 10 per cent of their 2019 gross income multiplied x two, to a maximum contribution of $10,000.

By exception to Schedule A – “Business Permitted to Open” of the public health order, the following business are NOW eligible for the Manitoba Bridge Grant: Manitoba hotels, resorts, lodges and outfitters; travel agencies; janitorial services businesses; and licensed Owner-operators of a licensed passenger transportation business for individuals.

NEW PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION: Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

The CERS provides support for rent/ mortgage and related expenses until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19, including a top-up for those affected by lock-downs. Claim periods 1 through 4 (Sept. 27 through Jan. 16, 2021) are now open for application.Click here to access details about the program including a Quick Reference Guide.

NEW PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) claim period 11 (Dec. 20, 2020 to Jan. 16/2021) is now open for application. If you’ve experienced a decline in revenues of any level, you may wish to re-examine the CEWS, which consists of a base subsidy for all employers whose revenues have been impacted by the pandemic, as well as a top-up subsidy for employers that are hardest hit. The CEWS will continue until June 2021, but periods 1 through 5 must be submitted no later than Jan. 31/2021.

OPEN FOR APPLICATION:Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free, partially forgivable, loans of up to $60,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19, but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and wages. Business owners can apply through their banks and credit unions.