Eligible Manitobans looking to return to work can now apply for up to $2,000 in direct payments from the Manitoba Job Restart program.

“Our government believes in investing in solutions, and the solution here in Manitoba as we move forward in the COVID-19 pandemic is to help as many people get back to work, safely,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “As Manitoba continues to lead the country in recovery, I encourage all Manitobans to embrace the jobs that are available now as we restart our economy.”

The program will provide one initial payment of $500 plus three additional bi-weekly payments for $500 each, for a total of $2,000 over six weeks. Program participants must voluntarily stop collecting CERB or CESB support from the federal government. The province will fully finance the program, which does not require any contributions from employers for workers to qualify.

This is a voluntary-participation program, and there is no obligation for Manitobans to stop receiving CERB or CESB benefits if they choose not to participate. To remain in the program, approved applicants must:

  • actively return to work in Manitoba to a job with at least 30 hours per week in order to be eligible for the first $500 payment;
  • complete a simple declaration for each of the following two weeks certifying that they are still working at least 30 hours per week in order to receive the next three $500 payments;
  • no longer receive CERB, CESB or similar COVID-19 related support from the federal government;
  • follow Manitoba‚Äôs COVID-19 health guidelines in the workplace; and
  • continue residing permanently in Manitoba and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

The amounts received will be a taxable benefit. Manitobans can learn more about the program details and fill out an application at manitoba.ca.

The Manitoba Job Restart program will accept applications until July 31.