Health Canada has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and a related shot by the Serum Institute of India for use in this country with the first doses expected to arrive soon.
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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What is the status of a vaccine in Manitoba?
UPDATED Last updated: December 9, 2020
Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada for those above the age of 16 on December 9, 2020. Health Canada is still collecting and reviewing data on whether the vaccine is safe for children.
The plan is to begin immunizing Manitobans as soon as vaccine is received from the federal government. Manitoba expects to receive the first shipment next week, which will include 1,950 vaccine doses, enough to vaccinate about 900 people because each person requires two doses. These first doses will be administered to front-line health-care workers in Manitoba’s critical care units to ensure that care can continue to be provided in the health care system.
More vaccine shipments are expected to arrive in late December or early January. In total, Manitoba has been told by the federal government that it will receive 228,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines between now and March 31, 2021. This is enough to vaccinate approximately seven per cent of Manitoba’s population.
Are the vaccines safe? Yes
Like all vaccines, Health Canada will review the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that will be used throughout the country. A vaccine must go through this process successfully before it can be used.
*NEW* Safe at Home Manitoba Grant (upto $50K)
The Safe at Home Manitoba Grant Program has been created to help Manitobans enjoy active, engaged lives during a period of critical level restrictions in our communities. The Manitoba Government is seeking grant applications for projects that encourage Manitobans to stay at home and stay safe, while improving their quality of life.
The grant supports Manitobans wanting to participate in creative, fun and engaging activities throughout the winter, while staying safe!
How much does it fund?
The program funds up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum grant of $50,000. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one project, however first consideration will be given to new applicants. We provide 90% of the recommended grant on approval. The final 10% of the approved grant would be provided upon the submission of the final project report, pending final project expenses.
Read more details HERE
$5K Manitoba Bridge Grant - EXTENDED
Accepting Applications: To reflect the extension of the public health orders announced Jan. 8 and to ensure small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities get the support they need, the province is inviting businesses to apply for the Manitoba Bridge Grant until Jan. 31, 2021.
The Manitoba Bridge Grant provides a $5,000 grant to eligible Manitoba businesses and organizations that are required to fully close their premises to the public as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020
Eligibility has been expanded for hotels, resorts, lodges and outfitters, travel agencies, janitorial services companies and owner/operators of licensed passenger transportation businesses that have seen demand for their services impacted by the public health orders.
- the business or organization must be actively operating or conducting business in Manitoba immediately prior to the implementation of applicable public health orders;
- the business or organization was required to fully close their premises to the public as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 or any revisions to those Orders
- Eligible businesses or organizations will receive a grant of $5,000 per entity irrespective of the number of locations operated (i.e. one grant per business or organization)
For more details on eligibility and application process HERE
*NEW* Caregiver Wage Support Program (CWSP)
Govt of MB announces the $35 million Caregiver Wage Support Program that provides a $5 per hour wage supplement to eligible front-line workers that provide direct patient or residential care to vulnerable Manitobans, between November 1, 2020 and January 10, 2021.
- Eligible applicants will receive a $5 per hour wage supplement.
- Eligible hours include actual regular and overtime hours worked between November 1, 2020 and
- January 10, 2021, performed in an eligible position and facility.
- A 10 per cent withholding tax will be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency on the applicant’s behalf.
Read more about eligibility and application process HERE
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Accepting Applications: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has helped to support millions of Canadian workers and businesses throughout the pandemic. Through the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), the Government is providing targeted, direct relief to businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to face the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On November 23rd, 2020, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, opened the CERS to receive applications from qualifying organizations. These organizations can now apply directly for the subsidy for the period from September 27 to October 24, 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Business Account, or Represent a Client portals. Applications for the second CERS period (October 25 to November 21, 2020) will open on November 30.
Read more details HERE
Back to work Manitoba Wage Subsidy extended
The Back to Work Manitoba initiative is a hiring program designed to support Manitoba's economic recovery by encouraging Manitoba employers to bring back their employees or take on new hires. The program covers 50 per cent of wage costs between July 16 and December 31, 2020. Employers can be supported to hire up to 20 employees.
November 10, 2020 Program Update:
Employers that applied to the program on or before November 9 are eligible to receive an advance payment of $1,500 for every eligible worker hired or re-hired to date under the program. Employers will receive an email advising of the advance. The email will include a link to request confirmation of the number of eligible employees hired and other information required to process payment. Employers that re-hire workers laid off as a result of restrictions under the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System are eligible for the subsidy. Employers will receive their balance of payment upon providing proof of payment of wages by February 1, 2021.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) increased
As of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans for eligible businesses will increase from $40,000 to $60,000.
Applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply for the $20,000 expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 in financing.
All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion.
Originally launched on April 9, 2020, CEBA is intended to support businesses by providing financing for their expenses that cannot be avoided or deferred as they take steps to safely navigate a period of shutdown, thereby helping to position businesses for successful relaunch when the economy reopens. This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.
ICTC's Work Integration Learning Program: Funding Opportunity
ICTC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.
WIL Digital is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).
Subsidies of 75% of wages paid to a maximum of $7500 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills; applicable to all wages earned on or after May 25, 2020 until March 31, 2021
For any placement that started prior to May 25, 2020, the following categories will apply:
- 50% of the student’s salary, up to $5,000; or
- 70% of the student’s salary, up to $7,000,
- if the student falls within one of the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, recent immigrants, students with disabilities, and first-year students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.