Province Extends Code Red Public Health Orders to January 8th: No Changes Announced for Restaurant Industry

Today, Premier Pallister and chief provincial health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced that the Manitoba government has extended public health orders from Dec. 12 until Jan. 8, 2021. The existing Critical (red) level restrictions have been extended. No changes for the restaurant and food service industry were announced. Currently, restaurants and food service establishments must […]

Documents for 2020 MRFA AGM

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting. If you are already signed up to attend, you will have received an email with the Zoom link for attendance. If not, sign up here for our December 8th 2pm virtual AGM: Please click on the document titles below to view and […]

CEWS Officially Extended to June 2021

Announced November 19th, the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy has officially been extended to June 2021. The extension includes changes to the rates and top up calculations. Period 9 is now also open for application. To learn more, visit

Larters at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club Looking to Buy & Sell Restaurant Furniture and Equipment

Larters at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club is undergoing renovations and is looking to sell some of their furniture and equipment, as well as purchase some!   Here is what they are looking for: under counter refrigeration units for a bar   Here is what they have to sell: 80 – Lounge chairs (picture […]

Letter from Executive Director Shaun Jeffrey in November Newsletter

Dear members, As we inch closer to the holiday season, we know that this year will be like no other. Instead of wishing for those fuzzy socks or the latest new gadget, many of you will be looking to reassemble your businesses and find a new way forward while you wonder what our industry will […]

Annual General Meeting December 8th

Mark your calendars! Join us Tuesday, December 8th at 2pm – 3pm for our AGM to review our last year with us as we move into 2021 and continue to advocate on behalf of the restaurant and food service industry in Manitoba. Attendance will be offered virtually and is FREE. We welcome you to attend […]

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 […]