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April 16 COVID-19 Update

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 16

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will be providing daily updates to our members with concise, relevant information they need for their businesses, employees and personal health.

For a list of industry resources, government programs, FAQs and more, visit our dedicated COVD-19 website at

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For past editions of these bulletins please visit the News section on our website.

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If you have any questions about the pandemic, please email our COVID-19 hotline at

Mandatory Isolation after Interprovincial Travel

The provincial government announced this afternoon a new public health order designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new order, which takes effect tomorrow and will be in place until May 1 mandates that anyone entering Manitoba must self-isolate for 14 days.

This means any workers travelling outside the province must self-isolate for 14 days.
 This means no trips to the grocery store, no walks or anything else. Anyone violating the order will be subject to fines.

The public health order also prohibits travel to Northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel) with the following exceptions:

•    residents of northern and remote communities may continue to move within the north;
•    delivery of goods and services may continue; and
•    exceptions include those who travel to the north for employment, medical treatment or to facilitate child-custody agreements.

Contractors heading north for to perform a job would be exempt, based on the fact they are delivering a service.

CEBA expands, commercial rent help coming

This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account as well as help on the way for businesses struggling to pay their commercial rent.

Canada Emergency Benefit Account

CEBA will continue to provide small and businesses with up to $40,000 in loans which are interest-free for one year, and which can have the first 25% forgiven.

The program was previously restricted to companies with a 2019 payroll between $50,000 and $1 million. Today it expanded in both directions, and is now available to businesses with a 2019 payroll between $20,000 and $1.5 million.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

The prime minister also announced a new program, the Canada Emergency Commercia Rent Assistance program. The announcement was light on details as the federal government needs to work with the various provinces on this (premiers have a conference call with the prime minister tonight at 5:00 p.m. central), but it will provide commercial rent assistance for small and medium businesses for the months of April, May and June.

Are you interested in ordering KN95 Masks?

WCA is currently considering entering a buying coalition to acquire a number of KN95 masks for industry. In order to determine how many masks we should order, we're asking our members to let us know how many they would like so we can gauge interest.

The masks would cost approximately $5 before freight, duty and taxes each - you can view the specs here.

Please click here and fill out the short (20 second) survey to let us know if you're interested.