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  • Monday, March 30, 2020


    Background Information

    The Manitoba government is issuing a new public health order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

    “These decisions are not easy ones, but they must be made during this global pandemic to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans,” said Pallister. “These new orders will ensure critical services are available while taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

    Read entire news release here.

    Message to Assiniboia Chamber Members from Marty Morantz, MP 

    Members of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce,
    Thank you for being local business owners and entrepreneurs who employ thousands of Manitobans and drive our economy every day. As a business owner myself, I understand how stressful the current situation you are going through is with COVID-19 and the difficulties it is presenting. I know that you and many other local businesses right now need support to help weather the storm. Some initiatives have been announced and I have been working with my colleagues across the political spectrum and government officials to make sure we are supporting local businesses. 
    As most of you are self-employed, being unable to access EI poses a real challenge. That is why the government has made the Emergency Response Benefit available to those who are self-employed. If you have had to close your businesses due to COVID-19, you can apply for this benefit and receive $2,000/month. The government is working on getting the application process set up, and I was told they expect it to be up next week. More information about that benefit and other items, for both business and individuals, is available at the link below. This link is being updated regularly and should be your primary resource for information related to COVID-19 supports: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
    In addition to these measures, tax filing, payment, and other form and remittance deadlines with CRA have been deferred for individuals and businesses, including GST remittances. More information on these items are available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/additional-support-for-canadian-businesses-from-the-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html
    I’m sure many of you have been hearing about the wage subsidy program, which is going to provide 75% of employee wages paid and is backdated to March 15, 2020. This program will cover 75% of wages for the first $58,700 of each employee’s salary, or $847 per week, and businesses must demonstrate a minimum of 30% loss in revenue as part of the criteria to qualify. Details are still unclear on this program related to eligibility, how the loss in revenue must be demonstrated, and how it will be administered, to name a few. I am keeping a close eye on this and will update everyone when I receive more information.
    I encourage anyone who has questions, concerns, or ideas for measures the government could enact to help during the COVID-19 pandemic to please email me at Marty.Morantz@parl.gc.ca. I am also updating my social media on a regular basis, so if you are on Facebook (@martymorantz) or Twitter (@marty_morantz) please feel free to keep an eye on my page for updates.
    I am here to support you as your federal representative. I know that these are stressful times, but I want to assure you I am here to support you however I can.
    Marty Morantz
    Member of Parliament
    Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley
    Shadow Minister for National Revenue

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    On March 25, 2020, Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, received Royal Assent, guaranteeing the rapid implementation and administration of measures to protect Canadians’ health and safety and stabilize the Canadian economy.

    Here are the current supports in place for businesses:

    Avoiding layoffs:

    Access to credit:

    Supporting financial stability:

    More flexibility:

    To view Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan in its entirety, click here.


    Friday, March 20, 2020

    ATTENTION ALL MANITOBA BUSINESSES: Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey: https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/53/MCC/

    Today the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce launched a brief survey to collect information about the myriad challenges you're facing amid COVID-19. Your input will help our Chamber network to advocate to the provincial government what Manitoba businesses need to move forward and recover. #VoiceofBusiness


    We are a small but mighty Chamber, and during times like these we are thankful for our memberships with the Manitoba and Canadian Chambers of Commerce for their staff teams that are working so diligently hard to provide us and with the information we can share with our members. Each of these sites allow you to sign up for regular updates.

    Here is an excellent resource specific to businesses in Canada:
    COVID-19: Business Resilience

    Here is an excellent resource specific to businesses in Manitoba:
    COVID-19: Tools and Resources

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Looking for access to subsidies, grants, information for your business operations?
    This app from the Government of Canada is being updated every hour. Download it today: Canada Business


    We are now a virtual office! Our team is working remotely and can be reached as follows:

    Phone/Text: (204) 471-4308
    Email: info@assiniboiachamber.ca; Kristi Meek, President | Executive Director; Arlene Opala, Chamber³ Coordinator
    Facebook DM: @AssiniboiaChamberMB
    Twitter DM: @assiniboiacc

    Stay healthy and follow protocols from our government's health officials.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    As we continue to receive hourly updates about COVID-19 and the impact it has on the world, it is in our best interest to lead with a precautionary mindset and to encourage our members to do the same. As a result:

    • All upcoming Assiniboia Chamber events will be postponed for a minimum of 30 days, effective immediately.

    • We will be following our provincial and federal Chambers of Commerce for direction and guidance, and will be leading by their example.

    • We will continue to collect reliable resources and tools to support you in taking care of your health and your business, and will have this information available on our website shortly.

    For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19:

    Resources for your Business:

    Legal Information Specific to Manitoba Labour Law for Manitoba Employers:

    We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will update our website with information as it becomes available.

    Wishing you and your business good health and preparedness,

    Kristi Meek, B.A.
    President | Executive Director
    (204) 774-4154