Apr 21

COVID-19 Tools & Resources

Our Provincial Chamber, the Manitoba Chambers, has put together a page intended to support businesses/employers seeking information and shareable resources about employment conditions and worker safety, funding programs available for businesses, and more.

This is a great resources for all business. Go to https://mbchamber.mb.ca/covid-19-tools-resources-for-businesses-employers/

If you are looking for specific information and can’t find it, please email us, and we will try our best to help you. info@portagechamber.com

Apr 21

Canadian Business Resilience Network

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.  

Go to canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca

Apr 21

Funding For Indigenous Businesses And Financial Institutions

The government is providing up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses and to support Aboriginal financial institutions that offer financing to these businesses. The program will be provided through Aboriginal financial institutions and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and the Métis capital corporations, in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada. 

For more info, click https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/18/prime-minister-announces-support-indigenous-businesses

Mar 26


1) As of noon yesterday, the Government of Canada’s $82b COVID-19 economic response plan has received royal assent.  

2) The Government of Canada has enacted The Quarantine Act, mandating all international travellers returning to Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.

Effective midnight tonight, Wednesday, March 25, CBSA agents will collect address information from all international travellers, and non-compliance with the Act is punishable by law. Mandatory isolation will not apply to those deemed to be doing “essential work.” Travellers will be barred from using public transit to get to the place where they will be isolating.

3) Employment and Social Development Canada: Avoiding Layoffs by Extending the Work-Sharing Program

The federal government announced that it is extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 to 76 weeks. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. This may be a helpful program for Manitoba employers.

4) Innovation Canada – Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19

The Government of Canada is seeking manufacturers and producers who are able to deliver on some of our healthcare system’s most crucial needs at this time. If your business may be able to pivot and shift production to other essential goods, this may be an opportunity to continue delivering value: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html

Mar 26

Posters for you to hang in your businesses

Click here for posters that the Province made that you can use in and outside of your business to protect you and your staff. We know there are businesses that continue to operate in this uncertain time.

PLEASE keep yourselves and your staff safe.

Mar 26

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers will allow eligible employers to reduce payroll deductions required to be remitted for March 18th to June 20th. Want to see if your business is eligible?

Click here for information

Mar 26


As of this morning, March 26, public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba is now at 36.

  • Public health officials continue advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel (international/ within Canada.) There shouldn’t be any recreational, tourist, or non-essential personal travel. 
  • Anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic, should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.  (Exceptions are commercial transportation of goods and services; workers who must travel to Manitoba from a neighbouring jurisdiction for work, and normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage.)
  • If symptoms develop during 14-day self-isolation or self-monitoring period, Manitobans should contact Health Links-Info Sante to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered.
  • Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html
  • NEW! In recognition of the current challenges, the province will defer any increases to the Manitoba Pharmacare deductible that were scheduled to take effect April 1. The deductible will still come into effect on April 1, but will remain at 2019-20 levels throughout 2020-21.
  • NEW! Pharmacists have been asked to restrict prescription-filling to a 30-day supply. 
  • NEW! Twelve community testing sites are now open throughout the province including a drive-through in Winkler. A referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information about sites is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.htm

To access all Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living COVID-19 bulletins: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html

Mar 26

Canada’s Leading Business Organizations Call on Government to Protect Jobs and Postpone Non-Essential New Measures

Over 60 of Canada’s leading business organizations are calling on governments to support a national effort to protect jobs and to postpone non-essential new measures.

“Canadian businesses are ready and able to step up to overcome the challenge of COVID-19. We will work to ensure that Canadians have the food to feed their families, the fuel to heat our homes and to keep essential services moving, the equipment and facilities to treat the sick and the communications systems that unite us even as we are kept apart from one another.

To win this fight, we need every possible human and financial resource and we must be able to focus all of our attention on this struggle. The proposed 10 per cent wage subsidy for small businesses was a step in the right direction by the government. But more needs to be done to help businesses and workers through this crisis and maintain the connection between employers and employees.

Read more http://chamber.ca/media/news-releases/200325-leading-biz-organizations-call-on-gov/

Mar 26

Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Manitoba Businesses – NOW AVAILABLE!

As employers, we’re operating in unprecedented conditions. At the Portage la Prairie Chamber, we’re working hard to compile and collect reliable and accurate COVID-19 information, updates relevant to Portage & District employers, and business continuity planning materials.  

Our Provincial counterpart, the Manitoba Chambers, has created an employer preparedness toolkit to guide you during this challenge. 

Preparedness Tool kit

Mar 26

Stronger Together

Join our Facebook Group – Portage & District Business Updates during Covid-19

We have all found ourselves charting unknown territory: a global pandemic, and a situation with challenges that most of us have never witnessed before in our lifetime.

We ask all our members to please stay safe in this uncertain time.

The Chamber’s thoughts are with you and the entire business community of our district.

It has been difficult, but not unexpected, to see the cancellation or postponement of so many events and closures of so many businesses. These were difficult decisions that organizations and businesses needed to make in order to prioritize the health of Canadians, and we know there will be more difficult decisions ahead. Things are changing daily, and the response to the outbreak is rolling out differently across the country, as appropriate for local circumstances.

One thing we are doing is trying to keep the public informed on what is open, hours and services businesses are offering.

We’ve started a Facebook group, Portage & District Business Updates during Covid-19, to post information. Please join the group and add information from your business.

We will continue to promote Supporting local.

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