Manitoba Bridge Grant Expansion – Stream B

On December 8, 2020, Premier Brian Pallister announced two changes to the Manitoba Bridge Grant Program:

1. Stream B – Home-Based Business Support

The Manitoba government announced a second stream of the Grant targeted to home-based businesses that were previously ineligible. This will include business’ such as event planners, photographers, artists, tradespeople etc.

Do I qualify?

To qualify for Stream B of the Manitoba Bridge Grant the following criteria must be met:

  • be a permanent, home-based business located in Manitoba physically operating in the Province of Manitoba;
  • have been actively operating or conducting business on November 9, 2020;
  • operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation;
  • possess an active and valid Business Number as of November 9, 2020
  • be in good standing with the Manitoba Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors operating under their personal names who are not registered with the Companies Office);
  • businesses started before January 1, 2020 must have filed a 2019 income tax return;
  • businesses started after January 1, 2020 must provide a record of gross income generated in 2020;
  • have an e-mail address and a valid business bank account with a Canadian financial institution;
  • the business must be a home-based business;
  • must operate on a full-time and permanent basis;
  • must be actively operating or conducting business in Manitoba immediately prior to the implementation of applicable public health orders;
  • must has filed a 2019 tax return (T1 for sole proprietors and partnerships or T2 for corporations);
  • for businesses started after January 1, 2020– must have proof of gross income generated between January 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020.
  • impacted by Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 or any revisions to those orders;
  • operate in the region to which the public health order applies to:
    • Interlake-Eastern Region
    • Northern Region
    • Prairie Mountain Region
    • Southern Health-Santé Sud Region
    • Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

If your business meets any of these criteria, you do NOT qualify:

  • businesses that are not home-based businesses;
  • businesses that do not operate on a full-time, permanent basis;
  • businesses that were not impacted by COVID-19 Manitoba prevention orders;
  • the following businesses are not eligible:
    • agriculture or farming industries;
    • real estate agents;
    • self-employed sales persons or commissioned-based sales;
    • health professionals;
    • lawyers, paralegals, accountants, translators, veterinarians, engineers or geoscientists;
    • businesses operating under a regulatory body of a profession;
    • businesses that deals in securities or manages financial portfolios or that provides financial services;
    • businesses that conduct multilevel marketing;
    • businesses that do not exist for the purpose of carrying on an active business in Manitoba; – passive businesses are not eligible

 How much is the Bridge Grant?

The applications for the second stream of the Grant can be submitted immediately. Stream B is the same dollar amount as the first – 10% of the most recent calendar year revenues to a maximum of $5,000.

2. An extended deadline

The deadline for the Manitoba Bridge Grant subsidy has been extended to December 31, 2020 for business’ that originally qualified and the newly qualified Stream B businesses.

For more information and to apply for Stream B:

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