Programs and Incentives

Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment Program 


Program Overview

The Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment Program provides support to small businesses to help offset the impact of the minimum wage increase on October 1, 2022 from $11.95 per hour to $13.50 per hour.

This support is available for six months from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

 

Who is Eligible

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

  • Employers must possess an active and valid Business Number, business bank account, and email address.
  • Employers must be registered, and in good standing with the Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors).
  • Have up to 20 employees that work and are located in Manitoba.
  • As of September 30, 2022, an employee was paid between $11.95 and $13.49 per hour.
  • As of October 1, 2022, the same employee is being paid at least $13.50 per hour.

 

Who is Not Eligible

  • Federal, provincial and local government employers.

 

Available Assistance

  • Eligible employers can claim the wage subsidy of up to 50 cents per hour for each employee, whose wage was less than $13.50 per hour on September 30, 2022 and who is paid at least $13.50 per hour as of October 1, 2022. 
  • Amount of subsidy (to a maximum of 50 cents per hour) is prorated and dependant on the employee’s hourly rate on September 30, 2022.
  • Subsidy is paid up to a maximum of 80 hours per employee per two-week pay period cycle. Overtime is not eligible.
  • Eligible employers will submit an online form after each two-week pay period cycle for each employee.
  • Employers will be required to provide pay advice to support their submission.
  • Submissions will be validated with supporting documents provided by the employer.
  • Once validated, eligible employers will receive the subsidy by direct deposit.
  • Support is available for six months - from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

 

How to Apply

Eligible employers will be required to:

  • Report eligible employees in a two-week pay period cycle, after each pay period cycle.
  • Provide the employees’ pay advice to support the submission.

Enter your information now using the online submission form.

 

Contact

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply to this program?

The program is open to all private sector, non-profit and charitable employers who are operating in the province of Manitoba and have up to 20 employees that work and are located in Manitoba.

 

How will it work?

Eligible employers can receive a subsidy of up to 50 cents per hour for each employee, who were paid less than $13.50 per hour on September 30, 2022 and are now compensated at least $13.50 per hour, on October 1, 2022.  

The subsidy is based on the difference between the hourly minimum wage paid on September 30, 2022 and the new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour as of October 1, 2022, to a maximum of 50 cents an hour.

Examples:

September 30, 2022 wage (per hour)

October 1, 2022 wage (per hour)

Difference in hourly wage

Subsidy per hour (prorated) to a maximum of 50 cents

$11.95

$13.50

1.55

.50 

$11.95

$13.75

1.80

.50

$12.00

$13.60

1,60

.50

$12.20

$13.60

1.30

.50

$13.20

$14.00

0.80

.30

$13.25

$13.75

0.50

.25

$13.49

$13.75

0.26

.01

 

The subsidy is based on up to a maximum of 80 hours per every two-week pay period cycle, per employee.

The employer submits an online form for each two-week pay period cycle, and receives the subsidy by direct deposit once their submission and supporting documents are processed and validated.

 

How long will businesses have to apply to this program?

The subsidy is available from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Eligible employers must apply bi-weekly during this period, until April 14, 2023.

 

On September 30, 2022, an employee’s hourly wage was $11.95 per hour. As of October 1, 2022, the employee’s hourly wage is $13.50 per hour. Will the employer receive a subsidy?

The subsidy is based on the difference between the hourly minimum wage paid on September 30, 2022 and the new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour as of October 1, 2022, to a maximum of 50 cents an hour.

If the employer meets all eligibility criteria, the employer’s entitlement in this scenario is 50 cents per hour, which is the maximum subsidy rate.   

 

On September 30, 2022, an employee’s hourly wage was $13.25 per hour. Due to the minimum wage increase on October 1, 2022, the minimum wage increased to $13.50 per hour. Will an employer receive a subsidy?

If the employer meets all eligibility criteria, the employer’s entitlement in this case is prorated at a rate of 25 cents per hour.

 

On September 30, 2022, an employee’s hourly wage was $13.25 per hour. As of October 1, 2022, the employee’s hourly wage increased to $13.75 per hour. Will an employer receive a subsidy?

If the employer meets all eligibility criteria, the employer’s entitlement is prorated at 25 cents per hour, based on the new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour. 

 

The difference between $13.25 per hour paid September 30, 2022 and $13.75 per hour paid October 1, 2022 is 50 cents. Why is the employer entitled to a 25 cent per hour subsidy, and not a 50 cent per hour subsidy, since the hourly wage increased by 50 cents an hour?

The subsidy is based on the difference between the hourly minimum wage paid on September 30, 2022 and the new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour as of October 1, 2022, to a maximum of 50 cents an hour,

In the scenario, the employer increased the hourly rate from $13.25 by 25 cents to comply with the new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour on October 1, 2022. The employer’s subsidy is therefore prorated to 25 cents an hour. 

 

I have 25 employees. Do I still qualify?

The program is open to small businesses who have up to 20 employees.

 

I employ 25 employees, but some employees work part-time. Do I qualify?

The program is open to small businesses who have up to 20 employees in total. Businesses who employ more than 20 full time or part time employees do not qualify.

 

What period can I receive wage subsidies for?

The subsidy is available from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

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