Province Announces Additional $2 Million for Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program; Phase 2 Expanded to Include Caterers and Rural Restaurants Now Open for Applications

The Manitoba government has announced an additional $2 million to expand the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program, administered by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Economic Development and Jobs Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Manitoba’s restaurant industry has made significant sacrifices to keep all Manitobans safe in our […]

Province Extends Health Orders, Allows Liquor Sales on Golf Courses

In a COVID bulletin last Thursday, the Province of Manitoba announced that the current health orders would be extended until April 30th, with minor changes. These changes included allowing the sale of liquor from liquor carts on golf courses. For more information, please view the full press release on the Province’s site at  Current […]

Letter from Executive Director Shaun Jeffrey in March Newsletter

Hello Friends, Now that the one year anniversary of pandemic has come and gone, we look at our valued members and can note the monumental changes that our industry made in 2020 to ensure its survival. At the MRFA we also recognized that moving out of the pandemic will require some significant changes with a […]

Reminder to Members: CERS Period 1 Deadline to Apply is April 22

The Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy application must be filed no later than 180 days after the end of a claim period. For the first period (September 27 – October 24, 2020), the deadline to apply is April 22, 2021. To learn more, please visit the CERS website at   From the CERS website: Canadian businesses, […]

City of Winnipeg Waives Temporary Summer Patio Fees

The City of Winnipeg has announced that it will waive the registration fees for its temporary patios this summer. The MRFA is pleased that the City heeded our calls for this measure that will help restaurants safely expand their capacity. From the City’s website: Fees will be waived for the registration of Temporary Winter Patios. […]

Province Announces It Will Remain at Red; No Changes for Restaurant Restrictions

Based on feedback from Manitobans, concerns over rising variants case numbers and the need to maintain the stability of the health-care system, the Manitoba government is making minor changes to the current public health orders and will remain at the ‘critical’ (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, while continuing to balance the needs […]

CEBA Deadline Extended

The application period for the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been extended to June 30, 2021. Formerly, the deadline was March 31, 2021. The CEBA program provides eligible businesses with a $60,000 loan, or an additional $20,000 on top of the original $40,000 which some businesses may have already been approved for under the […]

Update to Applicants on Dine-In Restaurant Relief Program

EDIT: This post has been edited to reflect updated application and document submission dates. To all our applicants, We have been receiving a lot of enquiries about the program lately, ranging in topics. We hope this post helps clarify a number of questions. Please have a read and email us at if you require […]

Dine-In Restaurant Relief Fund Applications Closing; Document Submission Date Announced

To all our applicants and restaurants interested in applying, Final dates for the program intake and processing have been announced. Please have a read and email us at if you require further assistance. ** PLEASE NOTE: the following deadlines have been announced: new applications to the program – March 19, 2021 at 5pm document […]

Province Requests Feedback on re: Loosening Restrictions to Level Orange

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on plans to move to the ‘restricted’ (orange) level on the Pandemic Response System and continue to restore safely services and activities while balancing the needs of the health-care system, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today. “I want […]