Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the government will be distributing 120 million dollars to recognize the risks taken by front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the program in collaboration with the federal government will provide a one time payment to eligible low income front line workers who made less than 25 hundred dollars a month since the pandemic started. He explains this one time payment is available for all income tested workers who put in part time or full time hours since the state of emergency started on March 20th until May 29th as well as those who would have worked but had to follow public health orders to self isolate.
Eligible public and private sector positions include the areas of health care, social services, justice, transportation and essential retail, food and beverage services. A full list can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 with applications being accepted starting today until June 18th.