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MB Government extends Wage Subsidy program until Dec 31st

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: September 14, 2020 12:24

Province also announces funding for waste & recycling initiatives

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The Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program.

Premier Brian Pallister says "The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans."

Through the Back to Work initiative, private-sector and non-profit employers can receive up to $100,000 to subsidize 20 employees (up to $5,000 per employee) hired since July 16tth.

Today, the province extended the program by two months until December 31st, and announced employers are now able to rehire students previously hired through the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, Canada Summer Job Program and Green Team Program. The province confirmed new start-up companies are eligible, providing they have a business number.

To date, the Back to Work Manitoba Initiative has received more than 800 applications from employers for 4,500 positions and $22.6 million in supports. Some of the top participating sectors include retail trade, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and accommodation and food services.

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The Manitoba government will provide $10 million toward recycling and waste diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard says "Manitobans are spending more time at home, and in some cases that means an increase in waste or recyclables. We want to be sure that in these difficult times we don't lose focus on our responsibility to reduce our waste and continue to divert items from our landfills as much as possible."

Manitoba continues to encourage blue box recycling through almost $7 million in recycling rebates to municipalities and Northern Affairs communities. As residents stay home more, it is important to continue to provide opportunities to recycle paper and packaging, such as beverage containers. 

Manitoba is also continuing to support diverting organic waste from landfills, with up to $620,000 in Manitoba Composts Support Payments available to private and public compost facilities. Diverting organic waste to compost facilities extends the life of landfills, reduces greenhouse-gas emissions from the waste sector and produces compost, a valuable soil additive that supports plant growth. 

Mother Earth Recycling is receiving $50,000 to launch a pilot project to recycle child car seats and furniture. This project builds on the success of electronics refurbishment and mattress recycling in Winnipeg by this Indigenous-owned and operated social enterprise. 

Product Care Association is receiving $450,000 to collect and properly dispose of stockpiled household hazardous waste such as spray-foam containers and propane. This initiative focuses on northern landfills and helps to ensure these materials do not enter the environment.  

The Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers (MARR) is receiving $60,000 to support Manitoba recycling organizations in adapting to the new and developing challenges created by COVID-19. This funding supports the sharing of information on industry trends and best practices, and promotes cost-efficient and effective recycling in Manitoba. 

Cleanfarms is receiving $185,000 to expand the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics in southern Manitoba. This program diverts grain bags and twine from landfills or on-site burning, extending the life of landfills and reducing air pollution.   

The province says the announcement builds on its investment of $150 million for additional green initiatives to better protect the environment and support the goals and implementation of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.

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