Gift Cards now added to Province of Manitoba’s List of Essential Goods

When additional restrictions were first put in place restricting the in-person sale of non-essential goods, gift cards were not among the essential items listed. The Province has corrected this error and updated their list of essential items to include gift cards. Although restaurants were always allowed to sell gift cards through online, delivery, and pick-up, […]

Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy Applications Now Open

The federal government’s new CERS program has now opened. According to the Government of Canada, the program is designed for (from the government’s website): Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent […]

Province Tightens Restrictions On Gatherings and Non-essential In-person Retail Sales

EDIT: This page has been updated as the health orders have been updated since it was originally posted.   Today, the Province announced additional restrictions on top of recent province-wide level red restrictions, which is meant to curb non-essential gatherings and non-essential in-person shopping. These orders do not further restrict restaurants or food service establishments, […]

Manitoba Bridge Grant Open for Applications

Today, October 16th at 2:30pm, applications opened for the $5,000 Bridge Grant. The MRFA is proud to have been integral in urging our provincial government to provide more support programs to small businesses like restaurants and we will continue to advocate on behalf of our industry. The $5,000 support program from the Province of Manitoba […]

Province Releases Official Health Orders Document for Province-wide Level Red Restrictions

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Province Announces New Support Programs: $5,000 Bridge Grant, Expanded Previous Programs, Pledge to $50 Million More to Additional Programs in January 2021

Today the Province announced support for small businesses. The MRFA is proud to have been part of the push to urge the Provincial government to provide our members, our industry, and small businesses across Manitoba with the supports they need during this pandemic. The following is the Province’s press release: The new Manitoba Bridge Grant […]

Province Announces All of Manitoba To Be Under New Level Red Restrictions Thursday

Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced that as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the province of Manitoba will move to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable citizens. “We are at a critical […]

Federal Government Releases More Information on Proposed Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy

From the government’s website: Backgrounder November 5, 2020 On October 9, the government proposed the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to provide direct relief to businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to be economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rent subsidy would be available retroactive to September 27, 2020, until June 2021. The […]

Southern Health Region to be moved to Level Red Effective Monday November 9

Today the Province announced that effective Monday, November 9th, the Southern Health Region would be moved to Level Red on the Pandemic Response System. Changes in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region mirror those in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region including: • Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery. • Most retail […]

View Winnipeg Region Level Red Health Orders & Backgrounder Info Document for Red & Orange Levels

The official Health Orders document for the Winnipeg Region under Level Red, effective November 2, 2020, is now available. Manitoba Health has also provided the MRFA with some additional backgrounder information. To view the Winnipeg Region Level Red Orders, click here: To view the Background Info Document, click here: To view Health Orders […]