Terry Duguid
Terry Duguid
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South
Small Business Support Programs

Our government is taking immediate action to support small businesses in our community. To get a personalized list of supports available, use the Business Benefits Finder

Businesses can apply for a number of support programs, including: 

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy 

Provides businesses, charities and non-profits with a direct rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses. This support is available directly to tenants. Organizations that have been restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support. 

Combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities subject to a lockdown can receive support of up to 90%. 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

Provides employers with up to 75% of an employee's wages for qualifying eligible employers. This subsidy is available for Canadian employers who have seen a drop in revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Employers can apply online through their My Business Account, on the Canada Revenue Agency's online website.

Full details on the wage subsidy program are available, here

The Canada Emergency Business Account

Provides small businesses and not-for-profits with interest-free loans of up to $60,000. Repaying the balance of the loan prior to December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $20,000).

 Eligibility Requirements 

Small businesses should contact their financial institutions to apply for these loans. 

For further details on the CEBA program, visit https://ceba-cuec.ca/

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) 

Provides businesses heavily impacted by Covid-19 with access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. 

This program is available to businesses operating in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, restaurants and those that primarily rely on in-person services. 

To learn more about HASCAP eligibility requirements, visit the link, here

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Small business that have been unable to qualify for existing business support programs can apply to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. 

Business in Manitoba can apply online through the Western Economic Diversification online website, here: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/20060.asp

For further information on this program, business in Manitoba can contact the local Western Economic Diversification office at 204-983-4472 or at [email protected] 

Sector Specific Support 

Agriculture and Agri-food

Aquaculture and fisheries 

Culture, heritage and sport




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