Economic Aid: There is a COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the province’s 2020 budget including an increase to the Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Overall, Manitoba has nearly $1 billion of financial flexibility to address the challenge of COVID-19, if required

Premier Brian Pallister announced additional measures taken by the provincial government to help individuals that pay rent and those who are renting to others. First, the province is freezing all rent increases that were set to come into effect April 1, 2020 or later. Second, the province is postponing all non-urgent eviction hearings at the Residential Tenancies Branch and the Residential Tenancies Commission until the end of May. This measure includes all new hearings and any hearings that had been scheduled previously.

Closures / Restrictions: Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced, effective Monday March 30, 2020, the province will be limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people. The new measure does not apply to facilities where health care or social services are provided. In addition, retail businesses and public transit must ensure that there can be 2 metres of separation between patrons.

Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, alongside Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health, Lanette SiragusaThe province announced that the province is putting non-essential and routine diagnostic testing on hold until further notice. Public health orders that were delivered earlier this week remain in place, applying only to public places at this time.

 COVID Countermeasures: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced the Government of Manitoba is investing in mental health, introducing a program to help address anxiety caused by COVID-19.