June 29, 2020

Eviction Ban

Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced that the provincial government has implemented a ban on commercial evictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has been a standing request by Restaurants Canada since the early days of the pandemic as rent is the largest fixed cost in the restaurant industry and provided a major barrier to reopening.

Despite the fact that the Provincial and Federal governments created a program that would subsidize rent payments, landlords have been slow to sign on to the program.  The commercial eviction ban protects businesses from forced closure during the pandemic and it is hoped this will also encourage landlords to enroll in the Canada Emergency Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.

For those who are seeking advice on how to discuss rent issues with your landlord, the Rapid Recovery Series has a session entitled Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements which is available online to view for free.

Manitoba Job Restart Program

Earlier this week, Premier Pallister announced a new program called Manitoba Job RestartThis program aims at encouraging workers to go back to work by providing up to $2,000 for those who voluntarily stop receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

Those who wish to participate in the Manitoba Job Restart Program can now apply online.

Expanded Business Assistance

Applications for the expanded federal Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan program have opened, and are now available through Canada’s large banks. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the news via Twitter late last night.

Businesses that were initially excluded by CEBA qualify for the expanded program according to its new criteria. Under CEBA’s revised terms, sole proprietors, farmers, and businesses who use contractors or pay themselves through dividends rather than payroll are now eligible.

According to the program’s website, the expanded CEBA “is being made available gradually by more than 230 financial institutions across the country, starting with the larger banks.” Smaller financial institutions will begin to offer it “over the coming weeks.”