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Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program


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Program Overview

The Back to Work Manitoba initiative is a hiring program designed to support Manitoba's economic recovery by encouraging Manitoba employers to bring back their employees or take on new hires. The program covers 50 per cent of wage costs between July 16 and December 31, 2020. Employers can be supported to hire up to 20 employees.




Employer eligibility criteria

The program is open to all private sector and non-profit employers who are operating in Manitoba and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Manitoba-based businesses and non-profit organizations operating in the Province of Manitoba, including new startups, are eligible.
  • Employers must possess an active and valid Business Number, business bank account, and e-mail address.
  • Employers must be registered, and in good standing with the Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors).
  • Employers can hire 20 new or rehired employees under this program.

Employers cannot receive funding for any existing employees that are or have been subsidized by another government program. This includes, but is not limited to, the Canada Summer Job Program, Green Team, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Manitoba Back to Work this Summer Program and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. (This does not include the Federal government's 10 per cent Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers.)

Employers that received support under the Manitoba Back to Work this Summer Program and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program are eligible to receive support to hire 20 new or rehired employees under this program.

September 14, 2020 Program Update: Employers can apply under Back to Work Manitoba to rehire students that they previously employed under a summer wage subsidy program. This includes employers that previously hired students through the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, Canada Summer Job Program and Green Team Program. The student must have been laid off prior to the announcement of this policy update (September 14, 2020), and then rehired on or after September 14, 2020 to be eligible.

The following employers are not eligible:

  • Employers are not eligible if they were in arrears for taxes owing to Manitoba on March 20, 2020 (i.e., before the state of emergency), and that have not since rectified this amount in arrears. (This does not include businesses that have deferred taxes as a result of COVID-19 relief programs to defer tax remittances.)
  • Employers that conduct multilevel marketing are not eligible, nor are passive businesses or corporate entities that do not exist for the purpose of carrying on an active business in Manitoba.
  • Employers that currently have an active Manitoba Business Start Loan Guarantee, a loan under the Manitoba Industrial Opportunities Program, or an agreement under The Community Revitalization Tax Increment Financing Act, are not eligible.
  • Public sector employers, including public health, educational institutions, and municipal/provincial/federal governments and agencies and political parties, are not eligible.



Financial support

Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement of 50 per cent of total wages actually paid between July 16 and December 31, 2020, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker. Payment will be made as a lump sum upon proof of payment of wages.

Please note:

  • Employers are eligible to receive reimbursement only for wages paid and employees hired on or after July 16, 2020.
  • To participate in the program, employers will be required to submit an application on or before December 1, 2020.

Employers can apply to receive funding for up to 20 positions and receive up to $100,000.

Please note that owners are not eligible to receive reimbursement for wages paid to themselves.




Employer obligations:

  • The program is open to all workers who are legally entitled to work in Canada, including students.
  • All positions are eligible, regardless of work hours (full-time, part-time, and casual) and term (permanent, contract, and seasonal).
  • There is no maximum wage amount. However, reimbursement under the program is limited to $5,000 per eligible worker.
  • Employers cannot hire a member of their immediate family for any positions for which they are requesting funding. This includes immediate family members of someone who has a direct financial interest in the company (owner, major shareholder), board member, director, executive member of the applicant organization or any person who is involved in the hiring or responsible for the supervision of the employee. Immediate family is defined as a person's smallest family unit, consisting of their closest relatives, such as parents, spouse, siblings, and children. This includes biological, adopted and relatives through marriage.
  • Employers must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Employers must follow Manitoba's COVID-19 public health guidelines for the workplace.
  • Employers must maintain complete and correct payroll, employment and accounting records, financial documents and other records for each worker hired under this program.
  • * The worker may be a previous employee laid-off due to COVID-19, provided they had not been re-hired prior to July 16, 2020, or a new employee. Workers hired under this program must not displace any existing employees.



How to submit your application

You can submit an application online.

Legal action may be pursued in cases of fraudulent applications.

When submitting your application, you will be required to verify that the information you have provided in the application is correct and complete.

You should receive confirmation that your application has been processed within 10 business days.

Please note:

  • Employers are eligible to receive reimbursement only for wages paid and employees hired on or after July 16, 2020.
  • To participate in the program, employers will be required to submit an application on or before December 1, 2020.

Please do not submit a new or revised application if you have previously submitted one. If you have already applied to the program and need to amend the information in your application, please contact ITESinfo@gov.mb.ca.

Employers will then be required to provide proof of payment of wages by February 1, 2021. If all employer obligations are met, payment will be made within 14 days of providing proof of payment of wages.

For General Inquiries

Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca