April 3, 2020
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This afternoon, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced the province was narrowing its list of essential workplaces. You can view the new full list of essential workplaces here. The changes come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
This move has significant impact on construction in Ontario. While the original list included most types of construction, the new list deems most construction to be non-essential, meaning these sites need to close down.
Here's the list of essential workplaces relevant to our members:
While these changes do not affect construction in Manitoba, we realize that many of our members perform work in Ontario, and this will affect them. Businesses should also prepare for a similar scenario happening here. Manitoba will follow the directives of its own public health officials, but it would be prudent for business owners to factor in the possibility of further closures in their contingency plans.
On Friday morning, Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced the province is deferring provincial income tax and corporate income tax filing deadlines and payments to coincide with the current revised federal deferral of income tax to Aug. 31 and has indicated it would be willing to extend these deferrals until Oct. 1, should the federal government agree.
Pallister also announced he will be accelerating the removal of PST from home and business property insurance. This move, originally slated for 2021, will now happen on July 1, 2020.
You can read the full release from the province here.
On Friday, Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman announced the City of Winnipeg is waiving penalties for unpaid property and business taxes for up to three months following their due date.
The City is waiving Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) program fees on both property and business taxes for the period of April 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020. This means no enrolment fee for the TIPP program and no penalty fee as a result of non-sufficient funds (NSF) during that time. In the event of a declined payment due to NSF, you would be allowed to remain enrolled in the program and make delayed TIPP payments without any late payment fees.
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Yesterday, we announced we had a limited amount of hand sanitizer for sale. Despite limiting companies to 10 bottles each, we sold out of our stock of 800 in less than 10 minutes. We're working on securing another order and hope to have more for sale in the very near future.