COVID-19 Updates
Manitoba Government Enhances Back To Work Wage Subsidy Program
The Manitoba government is enhancing its Back to Work program to support more Manitoba businesses in bringing back their employees to increase their operations and the services provided throughout the province, Premier Brian Pallister announced on August 26, 2020.

“The Back to Work Manitoba Initiative is a key component as we continue to reopen our communities and safely restart our recovery,” said Pallister. “Nearly 40,000 Manitobans are looking to get back to work and back up on their feet. To meet additional demand and support employers to hire and bring back more staff, we are doubling the number of employees eligible for a wage subsidy.”
Applications Now Being Accepted: Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
($5,000 grants going to 75 Manitoba businesses; apply today)
The #CanadaUnited campaign is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.

Royal Bank of Canada, ‘Corporate Canada’, Business Associations and Major Media Partners have teamed up to start a movement, Canada United™, where everyday Canadians and large businesses come together in support of small and local businesses. The movement will start with a #CanadaUnited campaign where Canadians are asked to complete ‘micro-actions’ (likes, views, etc.) in support of small and local businesses on social media. In short, Canada United encourages action from everyday Canadians and Corporate Canada and kickstarts the recovery of local economies and small businesses.
Canada Life's Workplace Strategies For Mental Health: Break Box

As businesses and organizations across the country adjust to new realities during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians are facing new stressors. It’s important to take small breaks during the day to support mental health and well-being.

That’s why the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, to send 270 Break Boxes to businesses and their employees across Canada. These practical resource kits were designed to help support positive mental health at work and at home through a variety of individual and team-based activities.

Break Box is a tangible reminder to take a break and focus on your mental health. Taking breaks can help improve things like decision-making, creativity, focus and information retention.
Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework

The Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba are working closely together to ensure families have access to the affordable, high quality and safe early learning and child care opportunities their children need to succeed. On August 24, 2020, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Manitoba’s Minister of Families, announced additional support for early learning and child care through the one-year Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. 
5 Minutes for Business: The Cost of Complacency

“Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.” -Vladimir Nabokov As countries across the world continue to cope with the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, necessary questions are being asked about how governments and the various multilateral and national institutions and organizations designed to prevent these kinds of outbreaks failed.

It will take time to untangle the myriad of geopolitical and governance failures behind the present condition, but it is hard not to see how complacency played a role in our collective pandemic prevention and preparedness.