Province Announces Summer Youth Job Opportunities

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES SUMMER YOUTH JOB OPPORTUNITIES


The Manitoba government is offering summer employment opportunities for students and youth, Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“The Manitoba government’s summer employment programming provides students with invaluable experience and skills to prepare them for the workforce,” said Goertzen.  “Job centres across the province are opening their doors for the season to offer services that benefit local employers and young Manitobans alike.”

Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) are located in 43 rural and northern communities.  The offices are situated in all 11 Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres along with local municipal offices, chambers of commerce and other community-based organizations.

The centres match Manitobans age 12 to 29 with local employers for summer jobs and offer assistance with job searches, employment referrals, resumes and interviews, as well as other employment-related resources and events.  Each summer, they serve 8,000 to 11,000 youth and students.

MYJC will be open May 13 to Aug. 16.  The centres are staffed by post-secondary students who work for the Manitoba government through the STEP Services program.

The minister noted the STEP Services program employs about 1,400 students in government departments, Crown corporations and special operating agencies.  STEP students work for the Manitoba government as part-time, full-time or co-operative work placements that line up with their field of study.

This summer, STEP will also launch two new initiatives:

  • STEP Tuition Waiver Summer Student Program in partnership with nine Manitoba colleges and universities that provide bursaries to waive tuition for students formerly in care of Chid and Family Services.  The STEP Tuition Waiver Summer Employment Program offers eligible students receiving a tuition waiver paid work placements in the Manitoba government. The program supports education and training that benefits youth currently and formerly under the care of child welfare.
  • STEP Design Thinking Challenge, where teams of STEP students and their supervisors will work to solve modern public sector challenges.  Students will learn how to communicate innovative ideas to decision makers and will have the opportunity to present their team challenge solutions at the Institute for Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) national conference in Winnipeg.

For more information on MYJC and STEP Services, visit www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/youth/services/manitobayouthjobcentres.html and www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/studentjobs/index.html.

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Statement from Indigenous Reconciliation and Norther Relations Minister Dr. Alan Lagimodiere

July 16, 2021

Today, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous Manitobans, and Canadians whom I have offended greatly with my remarks yesterday.

I want to acknowledge the words I used to respond to a question about residential schools, during my first scrum as a new minister in this very important portfolio, were wrong, and I genuinely and sincerely ask for your forgiveness.

As Canadians collectively mourn, we need to come to together to acknowledge and address the terrible and tragic legacy of residential schools. I want to acknowledge our country’s hard truths, especially in light of the tragedies of residential schools that continues to be deeply felt here in Manitoba and out of a commitment to advancing the TRC Calls to Action.

These tragedies are a reminder that we have a collective responsibility to listen and learn. It is our duty to create understanding and move forward together, to support the necessary process of truth telling and healing, and to work towards a better future, in the spirit of reconciliation. We must right the wrongs of the past.

As newly appointed minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations, I take seriously the responsibilities that I have been entrusted with, the most important being building relationships based on trust and respect with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Manitobans.

I am deeply committed to this journey of healing that requires listening, learning and creating understanding and I am committed to working collaboratively and respectfully with Indigenous leadership, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and community members as we seek reconciliation, healing and meaningful ways to move forward together.

I am reaching out to Indigenous leaders to begin this important dialogue and to chart a path forward together to advance the very important work ahead of us. I hope we can work together in the spirit of friendship and co-operation to advance reconciliation and create a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all Manitobans.

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Relief Coming To Manitoba Producers Affected by Severe Drought

July 22, 2021

Producers in Manitoba facing severe drought conditions can expect relief with several initiatives announced by federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler.

“Our government is working around the clock with the provinces to help farm families coping with extreme weather conditions exacerbated by climate change,” said Bibeau. “The support through the Hay Disaster Benefit is one way we are helping Manitoba producers, who are under tremendous stress, to get through this crisis and toward a sustainable future.”

The first of the initiatives, available through Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) Hay Disaster Benefit, will provide an additional $44/tonne (for every tonne below coverage) to insured forage producers to help offset the additional cost of replacement feed and transportation due to the severe shortage of forage throughout the province. The benefit was last triggered in 2019 when over $5 million was paid on close to 1,200 claims. Typically, the determination of payments for this benefit would not be made until January, once the majority of claim and harvested production report data is processed.

“We recognize that this has been an extremely difficult year for many producers with the lack of precipitation and extreme heat,” said Eichler. “With pastures drying up and minimal sources of feed for livestock, it’s important to give producers the resources they need to secure feed to maintain their herds. All livestock producers play a critical role in our food supply and provincial economy, we’re proud to support them with early release of this benefit.”

MASC is also applying a quality adjustment factor to appraisals on crops that are being put to alternate use under the AgriInsurance program. A 60 per cent adjustment factor to in-field appraisals will be applied on small grain cereal crops (all varieties of wheat, oats, fall rye, barley, and triticale). Reducing the appraisal of claims by 40 per cent reflects the expected reduction in quality resulting from the drought conditions. The full yield appraisal will be used to calculate future coverage, which provides producers who repurpose their crops for livestock feed an added benefit. This reduction will apply retroactively to producers who have already put their cereal crop to an alternate use this year.

Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInsurance premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Manitoba government. Administrative expenses are paid 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Manitoba.

Discussions are also underway to expedite the completion of the AgriRecovery Assessment process and the implementation of a Livestock Tax Deferral to assist impacted livestock

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One Great Summer Continues As Manitoba Reached Second Milestone Early; Reopens Businesses At 50%

July 14, 2021 – Background Information

The province will implement the second phase of the ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ Reopening Path two weeks early, on July 17, as vaccination rates continue to climb across the province, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

“Vaccines are the safest and quickest way out of this pandemic. The sooner all eligible Manitobans get fully vaccinated, the sooner we can all get our lives back,” said Pallister. “Thanks to the incredible efforts of Manitoba’s vaccine team and Manitobans’ willingness to roll up their sleeves – not once, but twice – we are able to move forward earlier than anticipated with fewer restrictions on our economy and our communities.”

The second vaccination milestone of at least 75 per cent first dose and 50 per cent second dose for those age 12 and older was reached nearly a month ahead of schedule on July 6. With continued improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation, Manitobans will be able to enjoy more freedoms with expanded indoor and outdoor activities, the premier noted.

Under the second phase of the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, most facilities may now open to 50 per cent capacity, allowing more people to gather indoors and outdoors, shop, dine out, visit cultural and recreational facilities, and more. Fully immunized Manitobans who have received two vaccination doses at least two weeks ago, may enjoy even more benefits under new public health orders.

Specifically, the new public health orders will now allow the following:
• indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members;
• indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people;
• outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people;
• public outdoor gatherings increase to a maximum of 150 people;
• retail businesses increase to 50 per cent capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower;
• restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity:
   – outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people;
   – patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case);
   – opening hours extend to midnight;
   – the requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies;
   – VLTs may be operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together);
• personal services (haircuts and styling, nail salons, estheticians and massage) continue at 50 per cent capacity; however, appointments are no longer required;
• dance, theatre, and music school capacities increase to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 25 people per group;
• indoor sporting facilities may host groups up to a maximum of 25 people, interaction between groups and tournaments are not permitted;
• day camp capacity increases to groups of 25, joint activities between groups and overnight camps are prohibited;
• outdoor recreation including games and practices may take place to maximum group size of 50 people; spectators are permitted and do not count towards this capacity limit; tournaments are not permitted;
• gym and fitness centre capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity; masks and increased physical distancing (three metres) are still required;
• outdoor weddings and funerals may include up to 150 participants in addition to photographers and officiants; indoor weddings or funerals increase to 25 people in addition to photographers and officiants;
• libraries may open to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people, whichever is lower;
• faith-based and cultural gatherings (pow wows, sun dances) may expand to 50 per cent capacity or 150 people indoors, whichever is lower; masks and physical distancing between households is still required;
   – if the facility design allows, the capacity limits may be applied to different physical spaces within the venue;
   – outdoor faith-based and cultural gatherings permitted up to 150 people and drive-in services continue to be permitted without restriction;
• the following may now reopen for fully immunized people only, to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent: movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries;
   – museums operate under the fully vaccinated requirement when open to the public as a museum, both indoors and out, and if the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply;
   – unvaccinated children under 12 may attend/visit these facilities/events (as appropriate) if accompanied by fully vaccinated members of their household;
• large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may operate with capacities up to 100 per cent after developing an approved event plan in consultation with public health.

In all cases, following the COVID-19 fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required to protect the health and well-being of all Manitobans.

“This is the safe, reasonable and appropriate next step in our reopening”, said Roussin. “More and more vaccinations allow us to loosen public health restrictions. But COVID-19 is still circulating in the province and continues to challenge our hospital and ICU capacity, a phased reopening is a safe reopening.”

Pallister echoed the need for caution and care in the province’s reopening plan.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint. We are not at the finish line yet, the race to beat COVID-19 is not over yet,” said the premier. “Until that race is over, Manitobans must continue to do their part and fulfil the two most important public health responsibilities each of us have; get fully vaccinated and follow the public health orders designed to keep COVID-19 away.”

The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 17.

The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

“We are close to achieving all of our vaccination milestones ahead of schedule. Now we just need that extra effort by every Manitoban not yet vaccinated to roll up your sleeve and push us across the finish line so we can fully reopen, safely and quickly,” said Pallister.

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/.

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Happy to help local organizations – July 13, 2021 Canstar Herald article by Andrew Micklefield

Over the last months I’ve been helping community organizations apply for and receive grants to help them to serve our area with updated programs and facilities. Over the last months I’ve been busy assisting and advocating for various community projects involving both people and things.

I successfully helped a dozen local organizations obtain Green Team grants to hire students, totalling over $225,000 for beautification and community programming into our area.

On top of these Green Team Grants, numerous Building Sustainable Communities grants will benefit our area:

Gateway Recreation Centre received almost $80,000 to replace their brine tank and heat exchanger, needed to create ice for their rinks and needed replacing after 15 years of use.

Sun Valley School received $19,000 for a park enhancement, community gathering space which includes nature play equipment and an outdoor classroom. Plans are in place and the project is ready to proceed.

The Elmwood Giants received over $5,000 toward a new announcement speaker system at Koskie Field.

Union Gospel Mission, which helps men recovering from addictions, received $6,000 to buy new mattresses.

And Manitoba Camping Association, whose head office is at 1215 Henderson Highway, has helped dozens of camps receive grants over the last months. Thankfully camps are opening again this summer, helping families and children enjoy Manitoba’s outdoors. More info at www.mbcamping.ca.

One of my favourite parts of serving our area as MLA is assisting community groups and organizations. If you want to be put on my community groups list, contact my office to receive information about future grant applications and find out about opportunities to benefit from government programs and opportunities.

Andrew Micklefield is the MLA for Rossmere and is available by phone at 204.289.4545 and email, andrew@andrewmicklefield.com.

The Manitoba Camping Association, whose head office is on Henderson Highway, has helped dozens of camps receive grants over the past few months, enabling them to operate and help introduce families and children to the great outdoors.
Photo courtesy of Manitoba Camping Association

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Province Expanding Free Provincial Park Entry to July 12 to 18

July 6, 2021

The Manitoba government will allow free entry to provincial parks for a full week in mid-July instead of on the traditional Canada’s Parks Day weekend so visitors can take advantage of the parks and all they have to offer, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.

“We have been listening to how much Manitobans love their provincial parks and when the idea was raised by members of the public to expand the free access, we enthusiastically embraced it,” said Guillemard. “All Manitobans should have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and we are pleased to offer free park entry for a full week this summer.”

Vehicle permits will not be required at any provincial park from July 12 to 18, but overnight camping fees will continue to apply. Manitoba’s provincial park entry fees are among the lowest in Canada, though this week-long offer is designed to ensure the cost is not a barrier to anyone.

While being outdoors and active is important for physical and mental health, COVID-19 public health orders must be followed. For the most peaceful experience, Manitobans may wish to visit parks at non-peak hours such as on weekdays and during early weekend mornings. Information on COVID-19 restrictions at provincial parks is available at www.manitobaparks.com.

Manitobans who want to camp are encouraged to visit the Parks Reservation Service online at www.manitobaparks.com to view the campsite vacancy report in order to find available sites and cancellations. Though some campgrounds fill up every weekend, plenty of campsites remain available on weekdays. The Parks Reservation Service can also be contacted at 1-888-482-2267.

Park visitor centres and museums are currently closed under public health orders, though interpreters offer a range of guided experiences at several parks. Trail hikes, historic site tours and guided paddles are available throughout the week. Information on park events can be found at www.manitobaparks.com and under the events tab on the Manitoba Parks Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MBGovParks.

Manitobans can stay up to date with provincial parks news, activities and events by following Manitoba Parks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MBGovParks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGovParks.

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Province Receives Expert Advisory Council Advice On Green Transportation and Infrastructure Strategy

June 25, 2021

The Manitoba government is pleased to have received a report from the independent Expert Advisory Council (EAC) with recommendations for a provincial Green Transportation Strategy, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.  

“Our government is committed to engaging with experts and key stakeholders as we work to implement our vision in becoming Canada’s cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province,” said Guillemard. “I thank the EAC for its detailed work as we begin to review its recommendations.”
     
The EAC was directed to provide advice and recommendations for a provincial strategy on greening transportation and infrastructure, recognizing Manitoba’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The EAC report recommends the Green Transportation Strategy be developed before Manitoba’s second Carbon Savings Account takes effect (2023-2027), in order to help the province achieve meaningful emission reductions during present and future Carbon Savings Accounts. It builds on the important investments Manitoba has already made to reduce emissions in transportation, including investments in the province’s Efficient Trucking Program and biofuels mandate.  

“We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors,” added Guillemard. “With transportation accounting for more than one-third of provincial emissions, we will strongly consider the EAC’s advice regarding this sector as we develop the Green Transportation Strategy for our province.”

The Green Transportation Strategy would address timing and direction in areas such as:
•    shifting to low-carbon and zero-emission transportation modes, technologies and practices;
•    improving and fostering co-ordinated land-use and transportation planning to promote the efficient movement of people, goods and materials;
•    enabling technologies and infrastructures that are available to support low-carbon and emission-reducing choices; and
•    seeking innovation and economic development opportunities for clean technologies in the transportation sector.

The EAC’s report and recommendations can be found at https://manitoba.ca/eac/.

Manitoba’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal for 2018 to 2022 can be viewed at www.gov.mb.ca/climateandgreenplan/index.html. A Carbon Savings Account video link is available at www.gov.mb.ca/climateandgreenplan/videos.html. The Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/climateandgreenplan/index.html.

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Province Thanks the Education Community After a School Year Full Of Challenges

June 24 – Province Continues Its Commitment for a Safe Return to School: Cullen

The Manitoba government thanks students, teachers, school staff, administrators, parents and the education community for their hard work and dedication through a once in a century global pandemic, Education Minister Cliff Cullen said today.

“I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of parents and the entire school community in their attempts to make graduation memorable in the absence of formal celebrations this year,” said Cullen. “To the graduating class of 2021, congratulations on this achievement, you have persevered through a school year like no other and your hard work has paid off. The pandemic continues to challenge Manitobans and everyone involved in the education of our students, but we are planning for all kindergarten to Grade 12 students to return to in-class learning when the school year resumes on September 7.”

As the ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ reopening plan rolls out, planning for schools to open for in-class learning in September continues, ensuring student and staff safety, health and well-being are still paramount. The Kindergarten to Grade 8 Remote Learning Support Centre, supported by $5 million in provincial funding, will continue to be available for students who are medically advised not to return to in-class learning due to COVID-19. Similar to last September, schools are preparing for various scenarios, and final details for reopening schools will be brought forward in August to ensure the measures reflect Manitoba’s public health situation at that time. The goal is to have all students return to in-class learning full-time.

The province is allocating $58 million in funding for the 2021-22 school year to ensure continued pandemic protection. For the current school year, the province is projected to have spent $170 million by the end of June, including $85 million in federal contributions.

“Our focus continues to be on the classroom and determining ways to provide the best education in any circumstances for the benefit of our students through the excellent work of teachers, educational assistants and education officials,” said Cullen.  “We have made record investments in education of over $3 billion through Budget 2021.”

Following a successful past summer program, the province also renewed its partnership with InformNet to increase access to online summer school programming and waive fees to provide one more avenue for advancing education for grade 9 to 12 students in Manitoba.

The minister also noted consultations on the Better Education Starts Today (BEST) strategy would continue throughout the summer in an effort improve Manitoba’s education system. The strategy is designed to strengthen the roles of principals, vice-principals, and support teachers so they can focus on what is best for schools and the learning environment for students.  The BEST strategy will also provide parents with a greater voice through school community councils, parental engagement officers and ongoing communication with principals and teachers.

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Province Launches New $30 Million Healthy Hire Manitoba Program

June 24, 2021 – Wage Support will Help Businesses Safely Reopen, Encourage Employees to Get Vaccinated: Pallister

The Manitoba government is introducing the $30 million Healthy Hire Manitoba Program, a new wage support to help private-sector employers reopen and encourage employees to get vaccinated and return to work, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“As we emerge from this third wave towards a post-pandemic Manitoba with fewer restrictions and more freedoms, our focus remains on getting all eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated, as quickly and safely as possible,” said Pallister. “As we continue to loosen restrictions this summer as vaccination rates increase, this new wage support will help ensure a smooth and steady reopening path and support employers as they staff up to offer Manitobans the goods and services they rely on and enjoy most.”

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 or will 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, 2021 with the last pay period ending Oct. 15.

Employers must be an active and permanent Manitoba-based business, not-for-profit or registered charity physically operating in the province. The Healthy Hire Manitoba Program is available for newly-hired employees who started working no earlier than June 10 or a rehired employee who worked for that employer in a previous year or who was laid off as a result of the public health restrictions.

“The Healthy Hire Manitoba Program will incentivize employers to safely bring more employees back to work and encourage more Manitobans to get fully vaccinated,” said Pallister. “This new program supports our ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, which rewards Manitobans with greater freedoms and fewer restrictions on our lives and economy as more of us get vaccinated.”

Pallister noted that employers that are participating in a different government program may receive funding from Healthy Hire Manitoba to hire additional employees.

More information and full eligibility criteria for the new Healthy Hire Manitoba Program will be posted online next week and listed with other COVID-19 support programs for individuals and businesses at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/index.html.

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Manitoba’s One Great Summer Path Begins Early on June 26

Rising Vaccination Rates and Improving COVID-19 Situation Mean Manitoba can Reopen Earlier: Pallister

Manitoba will move ahead with the first milestone of its ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path one week early and open many businesses and facilities to 25 per cent capacity beginning on June 26th, Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin announced today.

This week, Manitobans achieved and surpassed the first key vaccination benchmarks set out under the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, with over 71 per cent of eligible Manitobans at least partially immunized and more than 27 per cent having received both doses. Together with declining COVID-19 cases, test positivity and hospitalization rates, Manitobans are now able to begin to enjoy more freedoms and fewer public health restrictions.

“Manitobans have earned an earlier reopening,” said Pallister. “Together, we have beat back the third wave and have booked first and second dose vaccinations in record numbers. After nearly a year and half fighting COVID-19, it is time for Manitobans to regain their freedoms and enjoy a summer we all want, and have rightfully earned.”

Manitobans who are fully immunized (two vaccine doses plus two weeks from the time of their second dose) will now benefit from the following exemptions:
·    visit loved ones in personal care homes or hospitals;
·    participate in social or communal activities, if you are a resident of a personal care home or congregate living facility;
·    travel domestically for essential and non-essential purposes outside of Manitoba without the requirement to self-isolate on their return; and,
·    dine indoors at restaurants and bars with other fully immunized friends and family from outside your household.

Large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may also allow fully immunized Manitobans to attend, subject to approval by Manitoba Public Health. The province will work with sports and arts organization to implement proof of vaccination protocols for these events.

Additional benefits for fully immunized Manitobans will be announced in July, including increasing capacity for fully immunized people at weddings, funerals, faith-based and other gatherings, based on continued vaccination rate increases and improvements in the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

Under this first milestone of the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, Manitobans will also be able to gather in larger numbers, dine out in restaurants and on patios, attend faith-based services, and go to gyms, hair salons and retail stores in every region of the province, with some restrictions.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 26, all Manitobans will benefit from these changes, including:
·    outdoor gathering sizes on private property to double to 10 persons, and to allow outdoor visitors to briefly access homes for essential activities (e.g. to use a washroom);
·    public outdoor gathering sizes to increase to 25 persons;
·    retail businesses to open with increased capacity at 25 per cent to a limit of 250 persons, with no restrictions on the number of household members permitted to shop together;
·    personal service businesses (hair and nail salons, estheticians, barbers, etc.) to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, on an appointment basis only;
·    restaurants and bars to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for indoors and 50 per cent for outdoor dining. For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized. Patrons who are fully immunized and from different households may dine together. For outdoor dining, tables are limited to a maximum of 8 patrons and can be from different households regardless of immunization status;
·    indoor faith-based services and organized community gatherings (e.g. pow wows, sun dance ceremonies) to resume at 25 per cent capacity to a limit of 25 persons with masks worn at all times;
·    outdoor faith-based and organized community gatherings (e.g. pow wows, sun dance ceremonies) to resume for up to 50 persons, provided distance can be maintained between households. Drive-in services continue to be permitted;
·    outdoor weddings and funerals may take place with up to 25 participants, in addition to photographer and officiants. Indoor weddings and funerals remain limited to 10 persons;
·    indoor dance, music, theatre and other organized sports and recreation activities may reopen at 25 per cent capacity to a limit of five persons, with no tournaments allowed;
·    outdoor dance, music and theatre classes and other organized recreation activities may reopen for groups up to 25 people, with no tournaments allowed;
·    swimming and wading pools, both indoor and outdoor, may reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
·    gyms and fitness facilities may reopen for individual and group fitness classes at 25 per cent capacity with three metres distance maintained between patrons; and;
·    summer day camps may reopen to a maximum of 20 participants in groups.

Following the COVID-19 safety fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required.

The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, the next milestone in the 4-3-2 One Great Summer Reopening Path. However, reopening capacities may be increased earlier if vaccination rate goals are reached sooner and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation continues to improve.

Despite the progress made over the past two months against the COVID-19 third wave both the premier and Roussin reinforced that public health restrictions are required.

“While the case numbers and our health system are improving, the pandemic is not over and variants of concern, especially the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant, are still circulating. This is why Manitobans need to continue to practice the fundamentals – washing your hands, physical distancing, wearing a mask, and getting fully vaccinated,” said Roussin. “Today’s reopening fits with the public health advice on where we are in the fight against the pandemic and where we still have to go.”

The next provincial milestone is set for Terry Fox Day, Aug. 2. At that time, the province will reopen to 50 per cent capacity or greater if 75 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and above have received their first vaccination dose and 50 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and above have received their second dose, while taking ongoing account of COVID-19 transmission. An earlier reopening will be considered depending on progress toward these goals.

“We must remain caution, careful, and vigilant against a COVID-19 comeback,” said Pallister. “The path we are on is improving but we are not yet fully out of the woods. But I am hopeful we will be able to reopen even more, sooner, if Manitobans keep getting vaccinated as soon as they can.”

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit: http://manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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Province Puts Forward Facts Against Misinformation Campaign on Bill 64

June 14, 2021 – Ministry Releases Fact versus Fiction Page So Manitobans Have Factual Information About the Better Education Starts Today Strategy: Cullen

Background Information

The province has released a Fact versus Fiction web page to clarify a number of misconceptions regarding the Better Education Starts Today (BEST) strategy and bill 64: the education modernization act, Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

“Our ministry has launched the Fact versus Fiction page so Manitobans can have the correct and factual information about the new education act and the Better Education Starts Today strategy,” said Cullen. “It’s important that parents, teachers, students and educators get the proper information and be informed on how our government is working with Manitobans to improve our education system. We encourage Manitobans to be a part of this amazing opportunity to improve the education system.”

Manitobans need to know that:
• There will be no major disruptions for teachers, students and everyday life in the classroom.
• Teachers will not be penalized for poor assessment results of their students. Furthermore, while the focus will be placed on enhancing classroom supports in the BEST strategy, there is no reference to assessment within the proposed legislation.
• The new Provincial Education Authority cannot close rural or northern schools without community consultation, and the three criteria within the Public Schools Act are carried forward, unchanged. 
• The BEST strategy speaks to priority actions that address poverty, mental health and additional needs. These are policy issues that need a whole-of-government approach.
• School Community Councils will increase marginalized, visible minority and Indigenous voices in the education system by legislating these parent advisory councils to include school community members as formal partners in education including a paid parent engagement officer position at the school level.
• Government will not appoint principals, as they will continue to be hired through a competitive process and will be required to be certified teachers.
• The proposed bill formalizes the role of directors of education in legislation, whereas superintendents were not formally included. These directors will be hired through competitive processes.
• A Funding Guarantee ensures that at least $1.6 billion more is invested in education over four years and that changes because of the school board structures are being redirected to the classroom where they are needed. 

“To make progress on improving education as a whole, Manitobans need to turn their attention to our BEST strategy. The strategy is being formed through respectful and constructive dialogue with front-line teachers, principals and school staff, educational experts and parents who know first-hand the needs of their children,” said Cullen. “We have had tremendous response and feedback from our teacher listening tour, parent engagement panels and telephone town halls. It is through these types of engagements that will help build the roadmap for all Manitoban students to achieve success and a prosperous future.

The Better Education Starts Today: Putting Students First strategy was developed in response to the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Commission’s recommendations on kindergarten to Grade 12 education, as well as learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 75 recommendations from Manitoba’s commission, the BEST strategy accepts 60 recommendations and accepts the remaining 15 in principle. Through four pillars of student success, the strategy examines many critical issues that affect student learning, such as poverty, inclusivity and a provincial funding model that gives students in urban centres more of an advantage over northern and rural communities. That is why the BEST strategy establishes the Task Force on Poverty and Education, Minister’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Education, Curriculum Advisory Panel, and a Funding Review Team in order to tackle crucial elements that hinder the success of students, the minister said.

The Fact versus Fiction web page can be found at https://bettereducationmb.ca/factvsfiction. Manitobans can access and review the Better Education Starts Today strategy at https://bettereducationmb.ca.

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