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Manitoba Back to Work Program


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Program Overview

The Manitoba Back to Work This Summer initiative is a hiring program aiming to ease the road ahead to recovery for Manitoba businesses. The program covers 50 per cent of wage costs for up to 10 weeks, between June 1 and August 30, 2020. It is designed to encourage private sector employers to bring back their employees or take on new hires.




Business eligibility criteria

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

  • Manitoba-based businesses operating in the Province of Manitoba are eligible.
  • Employers must possess an active and valid Business Number, business bank account, and e-mail address.
  • Businesses must be registered, and in good standing with the Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors).
  • Businesses must not have received funding support from another government program for the same position(s). This includes, but is not limited to, the Canada Summer Job Program, Green Team, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. (This does not include the Federal government's 10 per cent Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers.)

The following employers are not eligible:

  • Businesses 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.)
  • Businesses 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.
  • Businesses 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.
  • Charities and not-for-profit organizations 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 over a 10-week period, between June 1 and August 30, 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 June 1, 2020.
  • To participate in the program, employers will be required to submit an application on or before August 1, 2020.

 

Employers can apply to receive funding for up to five positions.

Please note that under this program, employers are eligible to receive reimbursement only for wages paid and employees hired on or after the application date.

Employers may receive funding for different positions under both the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program and the Manitoba Back to Work This Summer Program, to a combined maximum of five positions in total. Employers who have already hired under the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program for fewer than five positions, may apply for new positions under the Manitoba Back to Work This Summer Program for the remaining balance.




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 June 1, 2020, or a new employee. Workers may not displace any existing employees.



How to submit your application

The application process is now closed. You can still apply to receive support for up to 20 new hires under the Back to Work Manitoba program

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 June 1, 2020.
  • To participate in the program, employers will be required to submit an application on or before August 1, 2020.

 

Employers will then be required to provide proof of payment of wages by October 1, 2020. 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