May 20, 2020 Herald article – We’re here to help constituents

We’re here to help constituents

Despite the disruptions of COVID, my office continues to serve people during this uncertain time. In the past weeks I have sent hundreds of letters and emails to help area residents apply for government services.

Here are some of the programs many local families and businesses are accessing during COVID:

• Free online mental health resources to help people struggling with isolation, anxiety and depression;

• $200 to every senior who filed a 2018 tax return;

• $7/hour wage subsidy via the Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Program, up to $5,000 per student, to a maximum of five students per business between May 1 and Sept. 4.

• MPI rebate cheques of $140 to $160 per policy;

• $500 million of shovel-ready projects fast-tracked to keep people working; Manitoba’s government has also opened the Manitoba Economic Support Centre (; 1-888-805-7554) as a one-stop source to help businesses, charities and non-profits apply for federal and provincial programs;

• Either the 10 per cent or 75 per cent wage subsidy (CEWS);

• The $40,000 interest free line of credit (CEBA);

• Manitoba Gap Protection Program: forgivable $6,000 loan.

As well, Manitoba’s Green Team grants have nearly doubled, providing 100 per cent funding for summer student jobs for nonprofi t organizations. Call my office to find out how to apply.

You can find out what is open and closed at and read daily news releases about these and other new programs and initiatives at Many things are shut down, but my office is working full time to help you face personal, business or work-related challenges related to COVID-19.

Reach us by calling 204-289-4545 or by emailing

Rossmere MLA Andrew Micklefield and those in office continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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