Articles & COVID Updates

ADDED - Links to COVID-19 sites and resources. Here you will find articles that we highlight for our members. Also here is our e-newsletter, Chamber Matters. You can have Chamber Matters emailed to you. Just subscribe with the link below.


Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Updates

Pandemic Recovery Survey Results - Click here

Click the picture for the Phase 3 Toolkit from the MB Chamber of Commerce

The following helpful resources are available from industry partners to support you in re-opening or dialing up your business:

1) Homewood Health's Workplace Re-entry Toolkit:This toolkit is a consolidation of content focused on the considerations facing employers and employees in life after COVID-19.

2) Canadian Business Resilience Network Re-opening Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customer, and the general public.

3) Province of Manitoba's Workplace Guidance for Business Owners  

Summarized by MB Chamber

We are currently in Phase 3

The province continues to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers and visitors stay safe including:

ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;

  • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
  • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
  • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas;
  • ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and
  • following personal risk reduction measures.


Detailed information on the plan for Phase Three, including service restoration, measures the public can take to reduce their risk of COVID-19 exposure or spreading the virus, and workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at

The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is an employer-driven training support program that assists employers to obtain skilled labour to meet their needs and helps Manitobans gain the skills they need to fill available jobs. The intake is NOW OPEN for training that ends by March 1, 2021, and deadline for applications is July 3, 2020. To access the application guide and to apply:


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. Application deadline is July 31, 2020.


TheSummer Student Recovery Jobs Program 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 and a response is provided within just a few business days),click here.


Summarized by MB Chambers of Commerce


To access the federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, click here.

1) CEBA: Minister Mary Ng announced in the House of Commons yesterday that within a week, sole proprietors and businesses without payroll will be eligible to apply for CEBA. The Canada Emergency Business Account (interest-free loans of up to $40,000) will enable businesses (sole proprietorships & businesses without payroll) through 232 participating financial institutions across Canada. To access a CEBA FAQ, click here.


2) Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP):


  • Loan guarantee: Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to guarantee 80% of new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This financing support is to be used for operational expenses and is available to both exporting and non-exporting companies. Click here to learn more.


  • Co-lending: Business Development Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements. The program offers differing maximum finance amounts based on business revenues. This support is available until or before September 30, 2020. Click here to learn more.


3) LEEFF: The application process for the Government of Canada’s Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) is now open. LEEFF financing will be available to companies with significant operations in Canada and annual revenues of more than $300 million. Applicants should register their interest at For details:


4) CECRA: The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance is now open. This program offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants and meet operating expenses on commercial properties. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.


5) RRRF: The Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF) will help western Canadian businesses cope with the financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, including businesses in the tourism sector, which are key to the regions and local economies. Visit the links below for eligibility criteria and to determine which funding stream is right for you:




To access MCCs Financial Measures Guide, which includes information about all provincial and federal funding streams, click here.

Community Futures Tips for Reopening
A wonderful resource built by Community Futures for all businesses affected by the pandemic. A checklist of items that your business should consider when looking to reopen. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a Canadian Business Resilience Network where you’ll find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it is difficult for Canadians, their families, businesses, and governments to look beyond confronting the immediate effects of COVID-19. However, even as Canadians continue supporting each other today, we must also begin looking over the horizon to the post-COVID-19 world to start planning how our country and economy can emerge stronger. Click here to read the Chamber's document now, featuring 51 recommendations to government.

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Facebook Group - Parkland Area Business Updates

EVERYONE is welcome to join and get updated information on what local businesses are doing. 
ALL BUSINESSES in the Parkland or those that do business in the Parkland area are free to post. This group is a sharing space for deals, delivery services, business times, closures, restrictions and so on...

This group we have started so the businesses in the Parkland can share what they have going on so the residents of the region know what's going on with the businesses.
CLICK HERE to see what's going on and join the group

Basic Essential Businesses in Southern Parkland - We've released a document that we want everyone in the Parkland to use. This is a list of business hours, contact info and special details for local pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants in the Parkland.  PLEASE DON'T PRNIT IT if you can. The best way to use it is to bookmark the link so you always get the most current version. Save this URL so if you need a business's current information, you'll have it  The best option is to call and find out directly from the business.

We are thankful that we have made some partnerships on this project. Thanks for helping out Swan Valley Chamber,  Roblin Chamber and Russell Chamber for contributing and updating this list! 

Chamber Matters - Weekly e-newsletter - Keep up to date with what the Chamber and membership have going on. Members can submit content for the newsletter if they wish by simply contacting the Chamber office.