Manitoba Gap Protection Program

The intake window for the Manitoba Gap Protection Program is now closed. The Manitoba government continues to review and process the applications it received.

Please visit the Support Programs for Individuals and Businesses page for the latest information: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/index.html


Program Description

  • The $120 million Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) provided a one-time $6,000 grant to eligible Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses.
  • On November 10, 2020, the MGPP was converted from a forgivable loan to a grant, meaning recipients no longer have to repay the province if they received federal COVID support. This allows Manitoba businesses that received this grant to apply for the wide range of federal support programs currently available.
  • The deadline for applications was November 10, 2020. The intake period is now closed.
  • Businesses that applied for the MGPP must have experienced hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public-health orders. This includes:
    • inability to access financing or capital;
    • retail or commercial customer demand has diminished;
    • capacity to serve customers has diminished due to physical distancing;
    • export market demand has diminished;
    • domestic or supply chain problems;
    • workers/employees/contractors are not available international for work;
    • self-isolation has been required; and
    • costs or availability of COVID-19 personal protective equipment.
  • Grant eligibility was based on information provided in the application form. The grant was approved based on meeting the eligibility requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay back the MGPP if I received federal government funding?
No. The MGPP has been converted from a forgivable loan to a grant, meaning recipients no longer have to repay the province if they received federal COVID support.

Can I apply for the MGPP?
No. The deadline for applications was November 10, 2020. The intake period is now closed.

Is the MGPP grant taxable?
Yes. The $6,000 MGPP Grant is taxable and businesses will need to declare it as taxable income.