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Program Description

The $120 million Manitoba Risk Recognition Program provides a one-time payment to low-income, essential, front-line workers, who have taken extraordinary risks to keep Manitobans safe during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible employees are those specified in the table below, and will have worked specifically in healthcare, social services, justice, essential retail, food and beverage, and transportation during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020.

News Release: June 2, 2020 - Stakeholder Consultation Determines $120-Million Risk Recognition Program for Manitobans




Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply for this program if you meet all of the criteria below:

  • You worked in an eligible position and organization in healthcare, social services, justice, essential retail, food and beverage, and transportation (see the following list of eligible organizations and positions)
  • You worked a minimum of 200 cumulative hours during the period of March 20, 2020 (the date of the first COVID-19 public health order) to May 29, 2020 on a part-time or full-time basis, or would have worked a minimum of 200 cumulative hours during the eligibility period, but had to self-isolate under public health orders
  • You earned a total pre-tax employment income of less than $6,250 during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 (average $2,500 per month x 2.5 months)
  • You are not enrolled in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program

To complete the application, eligible applicants must:

  • have a valid social insurance number (SIN)
  • have an email address
  • have a valid Canadian bank account
  • apply by June 18, 2020

Essential Retail

Essential Retail Business is defined as per Manitoba Public Health Order: manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2019_2020/orders-soe-03302020.pdf 

  • A business that provides, by retail sale, food or household consumer goods necessary for the safety, sanitation or operation of residences and businesses. Such a business includes a grocery store, supermarket, convenience store, butcher shop, bakery, market, hardware store and any other retail business.
  • A business that provides personal protective equipment or protective clothing for use in the workplace.
  • A business that provides essential goods and services for the health and well-being of animals, including animal feed, pet food, and animal supplies such as bedding.
  • A gas station or other business that provides diesel, aviation, propane, heating fuel or other fuel used to power a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft.
  • A business that provides office supplies and services. The supplies and services include computer products and related repair and maintenance services for businesses and for individuals working from home.
  • A business that holds a retail liquor licence, a manufacturer's licence, including a manufacturer's licence with a retail endorsement, or a retail cannabis licence or that is authorized by the Government of Canada to produce cannabis.

Please note that if you are a worker in healthcare, social services, family violence prevention, justice and corrections, and Manitoba accommodation services, only specific employers are eligible. Eligible employers are listed in the application form.




Eligible Organizations and Positions

Listing of Eligible Organizations and Positions.




Financial Support

Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment paid directly by the Manitoba government as risk recognition.

The amount will be determined by dividing the available pool of funds by the total number of eligible applicants who applied before the application deadline.




How to Apply

Ensure you have the following information in advance:

  • a social insurance number
  • the name of your employer
  • Canadian bank account information - payments will be directly deposited into your account (no cheques will be issued)

Begin the online application process by answering the qualifying questions. You will continue through the application process if your answers meet part 1 of the eligibility requirements for the program.

Application form for the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program

As you move through the online application process:

  • Ensure that all application fields are completed in full.
  • Declare and attest that the information provided is true and accurate.
  • Provide your consent and authorization to disclose the information on your application.

The deadline to apply to the program is Thursday, June 18, 2020.




Contact Us

  • Contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554



Frequently Asked Questions


Applications must be submitted on or before June 18, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program.


No. Only the specified positions in the health, social services, justice sectors, as well as essential private sector retail workers who earned a total pre-tax employment income of less than $6,250 (average $2,500 per month x 2.5 months) during the eligibility period of March 20 to May 29, 2020, may apply. Please note that if you are a worker in healthcare, social services, family violence prevention, justice and corrections and Manitoba Accommodation Services, only specific employers are eligible. Eligible employers are listed on the application form.


Yes. As long as you were scheduled to work a minimum of 200 cumulative hours from March 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020, and have not received CERB, you may apply to the program.


You may apply directly to the program via the online application. To apply, you will need to have the following information ready:

  • your social insurance number
  • your employer name
  • your Canadian bank account information for the direct deposit, which is listed on your personal cheques

Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment paid directly by the Manitoba government, as risk recognition. This is not a wage subsidy or top-up. The amount will be determined by equally allocating program funds to eligible applicants who applied before the application deadline.


  • The program application window is June 3 to June 18, 2020.
  • Following the closure of the application window, applications will be reviewed and assessed for completeness and eligibility for the program.
  • Once approved, payments will be processed.

If you are having trouble completing the online application:

  • Ensure you have completed all required areas on the form, including the Declaration and Consent.
  • Verify that the information you are submitting on the form is accurate.

If further assistance is required, please contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554. The assistance office will help you complete the application.


Approved recipients will not be required to pay the funds back to Manitoba. However, you will be required to claim the benefit as taxable income for your 2020 income tax return. Taxes may be payable at your personal income tax rate at that time.


If you’re not sure about your eligibility, contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554.


Contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554.