COVID-19 Government Programs

The Manitoba Economic Support Centre has been set up by the province to help businesses navigate provincial and federal support programs at 1-888-805-7554. Our EDW teams are also here to help. We have provided some background for each program. If you have other questions, you can reach out to us on the webform at the bottom of the page.

Last Updated November 16, 2020

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Defer Tax Payments

Defer Tax Payments

Businesses (including self employed individuals) to defer GST/HST payments until June, as well as customs duties owed on imports.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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International Business

International Business

Contact the Trade Commissioners Service for help with market insights and COVID-19.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

A multimillion-dollar loan program aimed at providing financing access to large employers impacted by COVID-19.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Businesses in Western Canada, including in the tourism sector, that are unable to access other existing measures can now apply for RRRF support through WD.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 for each eligible employee and to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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Work-Sharing Program

Work-Sharing Program

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Will extend from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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Temporary Foreign Worker Work Permit Process

Temporary Foreign Worker Work Permit Process

A worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer, typically backed by a labour market test, can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed. This will cut what can often take 10 weeks or more, down to 10 days or less.

EDW Contact: Sabena von Asten

Program Availability: Active

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 Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee

EDC will provide a guarantee to your financial institution, giving you access to additional credit for payroll and operational costs.

EDW Contact: William Findlater

Program Availability: Active

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Canadian Emergency Business Account (under BCAP)

Canadian Emergency Business Account (under BCAP)

$25B to financial institutes, to provide interest free loans to small business. Up to $40k to businesses with payrolls between $20,000 $1,500,000. Up to a quarter of this loan is eligible for complete forgiveness

EDW Contact: William Findlater

Program Availability: Active

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Export Guarantee Program

Export Guarantee Program

EDC can offer your financial institution a guarantee of repayment and make it easier for you to move forward.

EDW Contact: William Findlater

Program Availability: Active

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Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises

Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises

EDC is guaranteeing new operating credit and cash flow term loans that financial institutions extend to SME's, up to $6.25 million

EDW Contact: Will Findlater

Program Availability: Active

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Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program

Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program

EDC will work with financial institutions to guarantee 75% of new operating credit and cash-flow loans ranging in size from $16.5 million to $80 million. Companies who qualify will tend to have revenues between $50 million and $300 million.

EDW Contact: Will Findlater

Program Availability: TBD

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Economic Development Winnipeg wants to help companies put themselves in the best possible position to get through this unprecedented situation and help them recover and grow.

Reach out to us through this form.

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