UPDATES - PROVINCE OF MANITOBA
As of today, Monday, May 11, public health officials advised the number of lab-confirmed positive and probable cases in Manitoba is at 289, and there have been seven COVID-19 related deaths. Dr. Roussin says that we have indeed flattened the curve in Manitoba, but that we need to follow the numbers carefully as the virus is still circulating in our communities. "We are not out of the woods yet."
1) The number of working Manitobans dropped by 64,200 in April, bringing the province’s documented number of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic to 89,500. The province has posted the second-lowest decline in employment during the novel coronavirus shutdown, according to Friday’s monthly labour force survey. The report for this month, expected in mid-June, will be key to showing whether Manitoba’s economy is starting to turn the corner.
2) The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) application process is open. The province will advance each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000 -- a loan that will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020 -- if the recipient attests at that time the business has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports developed in response to the pandemic.
3) All Manitobans returning to work are now eligible to access the temporary child care system to find a location that meets their needs. Families can use the online tool at eswchildcare.ca to view available spaces and then contact centres directly to finalize arrangements. To learn more about childcare options available to Manitobans at this time: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.html
4) The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides wage subsidies to employers (private and not-for-profit sectors) to employ students aged 15 to 29. For program details and to submit your application online (it takes just five minutes to complete), click here.