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 January 7, 2021

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International Business

International Business

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

EDW Contact: Dana Plett

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: Jessie Rew

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: Jessie Rew

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: Dana Plett

Program Availability: Active

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COVID-19 Farmers and Food Processors Support

COVID-19 Farmers and Food Processors Support

The Government of Canada will invest more than $252 million to provide targeted support to farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and food processors

EDW Contact: Jessie Rew

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: Jessie Rew

Program Availability: Active

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Export Guarantee Program

Export Guarantee Program

We’ve adjusted the EGP so that until December 31, 2021, EDC will consider supporting companies manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) and related COVID-19 medical supplies.

EDW Contact: Jessie Rew

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: Jessie Rew

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: Dana Plett

Program Availability: TBD

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Additional Credit Line

Additional Credit Line

Access to an additional credit line up to $500,000

EDW Contact: Jessie Rew

Program Availability: Active

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Loan Payment Deferral

Loan Payment Deferral

Deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans; or a deferral of principal payments up to 12 months

EDW Contact: Jessie Rew

Program Availability: Active

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Health and Post-Secondary Education Levy Tax Deferral

Health and Post-Secondary Education Levy Tax Deferral

Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax Levy returns for small and medium-sized businesses with remittances of no more than $10,000 per month are eligible for an interest and penalty free payment deferral to June 30, 2021. The deferral is for the January, February, March, April and May 2021 return periods. The RST and tax levy deferrals are optional and for tax payments only. Businesses must continue to file returns by the required due dates.

EDW Contact: Jessie Rew

Program Availability: Active

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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.

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