We Are In This Together: COVID-19 Resources

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BAM is here to support Manitoba organizations who are working to develop tools and resources related to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Here you will find key information about potential funding opportunities, subsidies and training related to assisting your organization in these challenging times. We will be updating this page regularly to help support Manitoba's bioscience community, as we navigate through these changes together.

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Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Alert

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has alerted the Canadian biotechnology industry regarding the potential for security threats which have been heightened during the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, CSIS wants companies to be alert to potential foreign threat actors targeting Canada’s life sciences sector. While no specific threat has been identified, CSIS is of the view that the sector is more attractive and more vulnerable to threats at this juncture. CSIS has provided a chart which identifies what companies can look for to identify potential threats and includes contact information for reporting purposes.

To find out more, CLICK HERE

DND's IDEaS' COVID19 Challenges

DND’s IDEaS program have launched 3 new COVID-19 challenges, open until June 23, 2020. The challenges are focused on improving disease tracking and likely exposure to COVID-19, as well as making sure those on the front lines have a safe operating environment.

Find details on the challenges below:

Rapid response: Real-time insights for pandemic decision-making

Scrubbing your scrubs: Finding ways to re-use Covid-19 protective gear

Super sanitize: Cleaning sensitive equipment and workspaces


IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB)Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program

The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from the private and not-for-profit sectors to employ students aged 15 to 29. 

Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement up to a maximum of $5,000 per student employed between May 1 and September 4, 2020. Employers can be subsidized to hire upto five students.

Eligibile Employers:

  • Open to all private sector and non-profit employers operating in Manitoba.
  • Public sector employers including public heath, educational institutions, and municipal/provincial/federal governments and agencies and political parties are not eligible.

The student must be a new hire for the spring/summer months.

To apply click here

IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB)Gap Protection Program (MGPP)

The $120 million Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) for business provides a one-time $6,000 non-interest bearing forgivable loan to Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses that have experienced hardships in Manitoba as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public-health orders.

The loan is forgiven on December 31, 2020 if recipients declare at that time that they have not received any non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports greater than $6,000.

Application deadline is July 31, 2020

For details, click here

 IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) Western Economic Diversification Canada's Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Small and medium sized businesses in Western Canada that are unable to access other existing measures can now apply for Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) support through WD.

As the Regional development agency for western Canada, WD will work with key partners, like the Community Futures Network of Canada‘s offices across the region to help western Canadian businesses get through these difficult times. A total of $304 million will be available for western Canadian businesses.



IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB)Are You a Canadian Manufacturer?


If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies (listed below), your help is needed;

  • Manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • Have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • Have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.

Reach out to the Federal Government here


 IMG_cartoon online profile icon.png (12 KB) ICTC's Work Integration Learning Program: Funding Opportunity

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program offers a digital wage subsidy program for registered Canadian businesses for hiring any students registered in post-secondary studies in Canada. This program also applies to non-profits and charity's registered in Canada.

The subsidy covers 50% of wages (capped at $5,000) for a 4-month WIL DIGITAL placement offered within Canada to a student who meets the eligibility criteria. 

The program focuses on the following emerging IT and digital sectors including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, intelligent retail and advanced manufacturing. However, entertainment and gaming, e-health, engineering, connected transportation, big data and green technology are also eligible for wage subsidies. 

To apply and find more information, CLICK HERE

 IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB)Call to Action Manitoba 

If you are a Manitoban manufacturer or business that is prepared to rapidly scale up production or re-tool your manufacturing lines to develop products made in Manitoba to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Reach out to the Manitoba Goverment here.

If you are a Manitoba Supplier/Distributor with inventory or established channels to products to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Reach out to the Manitoba Goverment here.

 IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) Step up to the Plate: Help Feed Canadians

Many Canadians have seen their jobs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Now is the time to take advantage of the many employment opportunities available in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

Workers across our food supply chain provide essential services to our country. Their valued contributions are key to managing the outbreak of COVID-19 and ensuring that affordable food continues to reach our grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. 

CLICK HERE to see different employment opportunities and resources.

IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB)  NRC Canada's Pandemic Response Challenge Program

This program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs.The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers indicating their interest and related areas of expertise and capabilities. 

The Challenge structured around 4 main research areas:

  • Rapid detection and diagnosis
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development 
  • Digital health
  • Enabling adaptive responses

For details and upcoming opportunities, click here


  IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB)Mitacs COVID-19 Fund

If you are company/prof has a timely project that may address a COVID-19 related research challenge, Mitacs will provide the following on an exception basis:

  • Leverage of 3:1 ($11,250 from Mitacs and $3,750 from non-academic partner for each 4 month unit/project) vs. standard Accelerate 1:1 matching
  • Fast-tracked application processing

For details and application, contact Brent Wennekes at bwennekes@mitacs.ca

 IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB)Mitacs and AGE WELL Innovation Fund to support seniors during COVID-19

Mitacs and AGE-WELL in partnership announced their funding program to support seniors during COVID-19. Under this funding program, to expedite COVID-19-related research and development, enhanced leveraged funding is available for small- and medium-sized businesses from a special Mitacs initiative. Eligible projects related to COVID-19 are being fast-tracked to ensure a quick start.

Additional funding is available for post-secondary and business partnership initiatives that address the unique issues faced by older adults and their caregivers in the context of COVID-19. Eligible businesses can get up to $20,000 from a $3,750 investment for a four-month research intern.

The eligibility and details of the program is outlined here

 images-2.jpeg (9 KB)  Biotalent Canada's Student Work Placement Program 

This program offers up to $7,000 in co-op wage subsidies to bio-economy employers to hire students registered in STEM, business programs and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

It covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups. 

For details, click here 

IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB) Need help navigating government workforce support programs?

Assistance navigating programs and resources – The EDW database that outlines government programs to support businesses and have dedicated members of our team assigned to each program to help you determine what may be most relevant to your business and employees. Learn more here 

Economic impacts – our market intelligence team is monitoring the economic impact of COVID-19 on Winnipeg and sharing insights and analyses through our Weekly Economic Digests.

Mental Health Support - Province invests in Manitobans mental health. Behavioual Therapy programs to help Manitobans cope with COVID19 pandemic is now up and running. Program accessed here. www.manitoba.ca/covid19

  IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB)   Subsidies offered by the Federal Government

Here is an infographic on different subsidies made available by the federal government. See what fits best for you as an owner of an organization or as an employee. BD_BAM_GOV subsidize programs flowchart.jpg (539 KB)