May 2021
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Is your business struggling to find a dependable workforce? Do you have positions you just can't fill? Do you have difficulty retaining workers?

Have you considered working with SEED and the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot? Stephanie Harris is waiting to help qualified employers find staff with the skills you need, through her access to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's dedicated service channel. Contact SEED at 204-324-9549 or email
Business Is Unusual-Help Has Arrived
Last week, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce launched our brand new COVID-19 SME recovery resource hub, a web platform featuring detailed emergency relief fund overviews such as eligibility criteria, application processes, and deadlines.

As we move through recovery, we'll regularly round out this vital information with ongoing content contributions from eight valued partners in legal, financial, workplace wellness and health & safety, educational, marketing, business services, and other key areas. Our mission is to boost SME competitiveness in the post-COVID era.

If you haven't yet had a chance to check out this dedicated site and meet our partners:

If you're a representative of a registered business in Manitoba, you may have already received your print copy of "Business is Unusual: A Coronavirus Survival Guide for Manitoba Business," generously supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada's Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF). Or maybe you viewed the online version of the document. Either way, kindly let us know what you think at
Manitoba Youth Jobs Program

The Manitoba Government is providing more than $25 million that will support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants.
The new $15-million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the program period of May to September 2021, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer. The Manitoba Youth Jobs Program is projected to support more than 2,000 Manitoba employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.
Talent Opportunities Program

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on work placements.
Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.
TOP brings together employers, students, post-secondary institutions and chambers of commerce from across Canada to create quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.
Canada - Manitoba Job Grant

The Manitoba government has opened intake for the Canada–Manitoba Job Grant and increased investment to $8 million this year to help more employers with employee training.
The province’s $8 million investment for 2021-22 is an increase of $2.3 million from 2020-21. The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant helps employers offset the costs of training new employees, or costs associated with developing the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to attain a promotion.
Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 per employee to assist with training costs delivered by a third party. Employers with 100 or fewer employees must contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of training costs, and employers with over 100 employees must contribute a minimum of 50 per cent of training costs. Employers can apply for up to a maximum of $100,000 in funding.
Employers must have a job available for the trainee upon successful completion of the training. For existing employees, the purpose of training should be to upgrade their skills so they may move up to a better job, or meet employer needs in the workplace.
Have you received your Census 2021 Notice yet?

Complete the #2021Census! It's safe, quick and easy, and it can be done online. Your responses will help plan services that support employment, education, public transportation and hospitals in your community.

Please note that completion of the census questionnaire is required by law. If you have questions contact or call 1-855-340-2021. If you prefer a paper questionnaire, call 1-877-885-2021 and enter your 16-digit secure access code and follow the automated instructions.
Purolator and The Winnipeg Blue Bombers understand the importance of small businesses in Manitoba. Which is why they have partnered to present one small business with a $50,000 sponsorship for the 2021 season. The chosen business will benefit from help building a great business plan to reach thousands of football fans throughout the 2021 season.

f your small business is making a big impact in the community, submit an online application for consideration between May 5, 2021 and May 26,2021.

All eligible entries received during the submission period will be judged on the following criteria:
• Completion of application
• Depth of community involvement
• Worthiness of business and brand
• Business and sponsorship category a good fit to partner with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Five (5) Small Business Finalists will be chosen by the Winnipeg Football Club and Purolator Inc. executives and invited to submit a two-minute pitch video of why their company is the most deserving small business to be awarded the prize. Each of the five (5) finalists will receive $500 in shipping credits (inclusive of HST) from Purolator and a custom Blue Bombers jersey with their company name.

The winning pitch will be selected by Purolator and Winnipeg Football Club executives. As a small business showcase winner, you will receive a variety of sponsorship prizing that is designed to bring a new level of attention to your small business. These include:
• Video board corner advertising in-stadium for the 2021 Blue Bomber Season (five minutes of time, in 15 second increments)
• 100,000 website ad impressions on
• Spotlight article on with company logo, business description and link to businesses website. A link to the article will be posted on Blue Bombers social media channels
• Five (5) custom Blue Bombers jerseys with the small business name on the back of the jersey along with the 21 to represent the year the prize was won.

Submissions due by 11:59 pm on May 26, 2021
Please share as often as possible between now and the 26th.
 The hyper link to apply is: