Manitoba Protection Plan

Manitoba Protection Plan

As part of the Manitoba Protection Plan, the Manitoba government has implemented a number of initiatives to support Manitobans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

The Manitoba Job Restart Program provides a taxable financial benefit to a maximum of $2,000 to Manitobans.

The Disability Economic Support Program provides a one-time $200 benefit to lower-income Manitobans with disabilities receiving Employment and Income Assistance benefits.

Student Jobs MB is a new way to connect you directly to jobs. This free app matches you to jobs in your area or around Manitoba with the click of a button.

For more information and to register, visit

For more information about job opportunities and Government of Manitoba hiring programs for students and youth, visit

For all workers it is always a good practice to:

  • Maintain at least 2 meters of separation between employees, customers and visitors.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Do not share dishes, cups, eating utensils or other shared belongings. After using these items, wash them with soap and water.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
For more information on safety measures to be followed in the work place, please visit Safe Work Manitoba at and Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at

The Seniors Economic Recovery Credit provides a $200 one-time, refundable tax credit to Manitoba seniors facing additional costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as grocery deliveries and technology purposes to stay connected to loved ones.

The province is providing the following protections for the next six months until Oct. 1:

  • instructing Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to not charge interest or penalties in the event that Manitobans are unable to pay at this time;
  • instructing MPI to relax ordinary practices on policy renewals and collections;
  • instructing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries not to charge interest on receivables from restaurants, bars and specialty wine stores;
  • supporting Workers Compensation Board (WCB) to do the same and asking WCB to extend relief from penalties for late payments;
  • directing Manitoba Hydro and Centra Gas to not disconnect customers during these times; and
  • working with municipal partners to ensure municipalities do not charge interest on provincial education taxes and school division fees and the province is encouraging municipalities to do the same with respect to their own taxes and will start discussions to support implementation.

More Information:

News Release: April 3, 2020 - Province Announces over $100 Million in support and relief for Manitoba's fight against COVID-19

The Manitoba government is investing more than $4.5 million in the mental health of Manitobans by introducing a program to help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Information:

Care for Your Mental Health - Virtual Therapy Program

News Release: March 27, 2020 - Province Launches Program to Help Manitobans Cope with Anxiety Related to COVID-19.

Information on programs and services for child care providers and parents in need of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Manitoba government announced a freeze on all rent increases set to take effect between April 1 and May 31.  The Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) and Residential Tenancies Commission have postponed all non-urgent hearings, which means tenants cannot be evicted unless there is a risk to health and safety or concerns about illegal activity.

For more information:

Tenants and landlords who need more information should contact the RTB at 204-945-2476, 1-800-782-8403 (toll-free) or  Manitobans can also visit the Residential Tenancy Branch website.

If you have any questions about filing an appeal, contact the Residential Tenancies Commission at 204-945-2028 or or visit the website.

Expanded Shelter Capacity

The Manitoba government will add more than 140 new shelter beds to support people affected by homelessness and allow for social distancing protocols as part of the province’s broader Manitoba Protection Plan response to COVID-19. Up to $1.2 million will be invested at several locations in Winnipeg to:

  • repurpose a vacant Manitoba Housing building on Sargent Avenue to create 31 new beds;
  • add 35 beds provided by the Salvation Army at its Martha Street location;
  • expand Siloam Mission’s capacity by 50 beds; and
  • move individuals currently using the Salvation Army’s SonRise Village to alternate locations, making its 26 beds available for new clients.

Information for Shelters

The Manitoba government has created fact sheets, posters and other resources for shelters and agencies to share with their clients to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Employment Standards Regulation Temporary Exemption

The Manitoba government is adding a temporary exception to employment standards regulations to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19.

More information:
News Release: March 27, 2020 - Province Announces Temporary Exception to Employment Standards Layoff Rules During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Information for employees during COVID-19.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Manitoba is taking steps to make home and business property insurance more affordable to Manitobans by accelerating the removal of $75 million of annual PST from residential and business properties, effective July 1.  This will save residential property owners an estimated $38 million per year and business property owners $37 million a year.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.

Employment Insurance Work-Sharing Program Enhancements
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. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

GST Credit
You will get an extra payment amount automatically if you normally receive the GST/HST credit and have filed a 2018 tax return. Payments will be issued on April 9, 2020.

Enhanced Canada Child Benefit
The federal government is providing up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This will mean approximately $550 more for the average family. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.

Canada Student Loans/Apprentice Loans
A number of measures have been put in place, including the suspension of student loan repayments until September 30th, 2020.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Protection Program
Find the latest information and resources related to their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Personal Income Tax Return and Payment Deferral
Filing and payment dates for the 2019 tax year have been extended. Penalties and interest will not be charged if the deferred payment requirements are met by September 1, 2020.

Minimum Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) Withdrawals
The federal government has introduced changes to the calculation of the 2020 required minimum withdrawal for registered retirement income funds (RRIF).  This measure also applies to individuals receiving variable benefit payments from a defined contribution registered pension plan (RPP) and a pooled registered pension plan (PRPP).

ArriveCAN App
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have co-created the ArriveCAN App to reduce wait times for international travellers at Canadian ports of entry and to limit points of contact with border officials.