We are hoping everyone can manage to get some time with family and friends over the holiday season within the boundaries of the new restrictions in place.
Federal Government of Canada - Worker Lockdown Benefit
In summary, the program passed by parliament last week did not provide financial support unless there is a complete lockdown. On Wednesday December 22 the federal government announced they will change the eligibility requirement from complete lockdown to - 50% or more capacity restrictions on businesses. The program is to provide $300/week support for the period between Dec. 19, 2021 to Feb. 12, 2022
Province of Manitoba - Sector Support Program
The government of Manitoba has introduced a program that will provide subsidies to businesses without needing to be locked down. The Sector Support Program is a $22 million program that provides assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health order restrictions announced on December 17, 2021 and in effect from December 21, 2021 to January 11, 2022. The assistance is income for income tax purposes. The eligibility assessment tool will be available by the end of the holidays and applications will be accepted until January 31, 2022.
The government has said businesses who donate surplus food to a charity that feeds the homeless or other Manitobans in need can deduct the cost of the food for income tax purposes.
Eligible recipients include:
- Food service facilities that rely primarily on dine-in services, including those in hotels
- Movie theatres
- Concert halls
- Museums and galleries
- Recreation and sport facilities and centres, including gyms
Total assistance is based on the number of workers employed for the last pay period that preceded the December 21, 2021 public health orders:
- $3,000 for businesses with up to 9 employees
- $6,000 for businesses with 10 to 19 employees
- $9,000 for businesses with 20 to 49 employees
- $12,000 for businesses with 50 or more employees
One worker includes either a full-time or part-time employee.
We will process applications for those we have does so for other government support programs that meet the eligibility criteria. For anyone else looking for support, please reach out to us and we will be happy to help.
Greg Libbrecht and the team at Platinum Business Services