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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                                        We are in this together...

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.


IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB) Free Rapid Tests For Your Employees

The Government of Canada and some provincial/territorial governments are providing free rapid COVID-19 tests to organizations for regular workplace screening of close-contact employees.

Rapid tests are easy to administer and provide a result in 15 minutes.

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Please complete the following form to express your organization’s interest.


IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program 

These loans are available for small and medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenue decreased by 50% or more as a result of Covid-19. 

The deadline for application is June 30, 2021

Up to $1 million

The guarantee covers amounts ranging from $25,000 to $1 million to ensure a degree of continuity for your business through the pandemic.

Flexible and competitive terms

Benefit from a 4% interest rate and a repayment term of up to 10 years. Up to a 12-month postponement of principal payments at the start of the loan.

How to apply

Contact your primary financial institution to find out more.  

Important: You can apply at one financial institution only.


IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) *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

IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) $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.

To qualify:

  • 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 

IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) *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.

Financial Benefit:

  • 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

IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) 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

IMG_simple gears.png (90 KB) 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.

For more details, CLICK HERE


IMG_money bag icon.png (7 KB) 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.

For more info, CLICK HERE

IMG_cartoon online profile icon.png (12 KB)  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.

To apply and find more information, 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) 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)