The Manitoba government has announced that it is extending the Healthy Hire Manitoba Program to Nov. 15, and the application deadline to Oct. 30, 2021.
“The Healthy Hire Manitoba Program encourages Manitobans to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and businesses to hire the employees they need, while keeping their employees and customers safe,” said Economic Development and Jobs Minister Jon Reyes. “This extension will also provide support to businesses that have seen increased costs because of public health requirements, allowing existing applicants to employ staff longer and for the program to support more businesses.”
Under the Healthy Hire Manitoba Program, local employers can apply for up to $50,000 in provincial support to help cover the wages of new employees who can attest they have been vaccinated, intend to be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated. Eligible employers will receive a grant equivalent to 50 per cent of wages for a maximum of 10 employees, with a maximum of $5,000 per employee. The wage support covers full pay periods for employees hired on or after June 10, with the last pay period ending Nov. 15.
Employers are encouraged to view the guidelines and resources online to support them in the application process. A list of eligibility requirements is also available online, along with confirming employee attestation that they have been vaccinated, will be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated. Eligible employers must declare they have supported public health protocols in the workplace including providing new hires with public health vaccine information.
Key dates, full eligibility criteria and more information on the Healthy Hire Manitoba Program can be found online at gov.mb.ca.