The Manitoba government is expanding a one-time wage supplement for low-income front-line workersduring the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province is doubling the wage cap so that workers can get the money if they make up to $5,000 a month during the pandemic.
The province is also adding more workers, such as hotel staff and business improvement zone employees, to its list of those who qualify.
The low-income program was announced by the federal government earlier this spring.
Three-quarters of the money will come from Ottawa but the provinces get to determine which workers qualify.
Premier Brian Pallister has said workers should receive roughly $1,000 each.
- Worked in an Eligible Sector
- AND worked a minimum of 200 cumulative hours during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 on a part-time or full-time basis, or would have worked a minimum of 200 cumulative hours during the eligibility period, but had to self-isolate under public health orders
- AND earned a total pre-tax employment income of less than $12,500 in pre-tax earnings (excludes overtime earnings) from eligible positions during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020
- AND not enrolled in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit(CERB) program
Manitoba health officials announced no new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, leaving the total of confirmed and probable cases at 304.
— With Files From The Canadian Press was first published June 16, 2020