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.

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Measures to Make Life More Affordable for Manitobans Take Effect July 1


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Changes Will Save Hard-Working Manitobans More Than $80 Million: Fielding

Several key measures introduced by the Manitoba government to reduce costs for citizens and businesses will come into effect July 1, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.
“Our government is committed to making life more affordable for Manitobans, and we especially want to ensure we are supporting families and businesses during the difficult financial times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fielding. “Over the past months, we have introduced several measures that will take effect July 1 and save Manitobans more than $80 million this year, at a time when they need it most.”
In April, the province announced it would make home and business property insurance more affordable by accelerating the removal of $75 million of annual provincial sales tax (PST) from residential and business properties, effective July 1. The province estimates removing the sales tax on property insurance will save residential property owners $38 million per year and commercial property owners $37 million a year.
Starting July 1, the province is reducing vehicle registration fees by 10 per cent, which is expected to save drivers $11 million, and builds on the $110 million in rebate cheques that Manitoba Public Insurance returned to policyholders this spring.
The minister said these measures are among several in the 2020 Tax Rollback Guarantee, introduced by the Manitoba government to make life more affordable for individuals, families and businesses.
“We want to help Manitoba taxpayers hang on to more of their hard-earned dollars, which is even more important in these challenging times brought on by the global pandemic,” said Fielding. “These measures build on other tax initiatives our government has introduced, such as reducing the PST to seven per cent from eight, indexing the basic personal allowance and personal income tax brackets, and removing PST from the preparation of wills.”
Due to COVID-19, the province also extended filing deadlines for small and medium-sized businesses with monthly remittances of no more than $10,000 for the April, May and June sales tax and Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax Levy, commonly called the payroll tax. Fielding announced today the deadlines are now being extended through September.
He noted in April and May, the sales and payroll tax deferrals resulted in close to $11 million in savings for Manitoba businesses.
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As the premier announced in late March, due to the unanticipated costs and reduced revenues caused by COVID-19, Manitoba has delayed its planned PST reduction to six per cent from seven and the implementation of a green levy until 2021. Both were initially planned to take effect July 1.
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Province Expands $120-Million Risk Recognition Program

June 16, 2020

Based on additional input from stakeholders, the Manitoba government is expanding its $120-million Risk Recognition program to include more front-line workers who were exposed to added risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“Stakeholder input is important to our government, and we extensively consulted Manitoba’s business community, trade and labour unions and essential service organizations to set up the Risk Recognition program and determine who would qualify,” said Fielding. “We recently invited stakeholders to provide additional feedback on how to expand the program and compensate more workers for their roles to support all Manitobans during the pandemic.”

The province announced the $120-million Manitoba Risk Recognition Program in mid-May following stakeholder consultations. Stakeholders comprised 15 unions, critical service providers and business community organizations that represent more than 17,000 businesses and 110,000 workers.

The payment is available to part-time and full-time employees in various public- and private-sector positions that include the areas of health care, social services, justice, transportation, food and beverage, and essential retail. Essential workers must have worked a minimum 200 cumulative hours (or would have worked that amount but were required to self-isolate under public health orders) from March 20 to May 29.

To expand the program, the province once again solicited input from the stakeholder group. A majority of stakeholders voted to increase the qualifying threshold to a total pre-tax employment income of less than $5,000 per month, or $12,500 total during the 2.5-month eligibility period, and exclude overtime from the total gross income calculation.

The program has also been expanded to include the following positions:
• hotel workers (reception, cleaners, maintenance, kitchen staff, servers, security); and
• Business Improvement Zone staff (patrol, graffiti removal, street cleaners, distributors of COVID-19-related education material and Personal Protective Equipment).

“By increasing eligible positions and income limits, and excluding overtime earnings, we will ensure the program continues to support lower- to middle-income workers and recognizes those who may have otherwise worked themselves out of qualifying through overtime,” said Fielding. “Manitoba’s program continues to reflect the federal government’s intention of this cost-sharing program to recognize low-income Canadian workers who risked their own health to provide crucial services.”

The minister is encouraging all eligible workers to apply for the program and view the full list of positions at

The province has extended the application deadline until Monday, June 29 at noon. It will issue payment via direct deposit once it verifies applications and plans to fully distribute the $120-million fund. As the fund will be divided equally between all successful applicants, the number of program participants will determine individual payments.

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Manitoba moving ahead carefully

Over the past weeks I have assisted many people in the community, advocated for constituents’ needs at the Manitoba Legislature, and advised local businesses and organizations regarding government programs.

Here are some updates:

• Caring for vulnerable people remains top priority, even as the economy reopens with fewer restrictions. Personal care homes can now schedule outdoor visits and hospitals can permit visitors. Call ahead to find out how you can see your loved ones. Free psychological help is available remotely from trained therapists: home

• Doctors’ offices are scheduling virtual and in-person appointments, and COVID-19 tests are available at designated testing sites for those with symptoms who have used the online screening tool or spoken with Healthlinks to get a test. You can find the screening tool at: covid19/screening-tool/ or call Healthlinks at 204-788-8200.

• For those requiring community assistance with odd jobs or one-off needs, connects people needing practical assistance with anyone willing to help in the community. A mandatory and free security check ensures no “helpers” have criminal pasts.

• Those seeking student work or workers for the summer should visit studentjobsmb. ca, a secure site linking prospective employers, non-profits and government departments directly with students wanting to work. Both students and employers can sign up to find each other.

• The Summer Student Recovery Jobs program is investing $120 million to further incentivize student hiring by subsidizing up to $7 an hour to a maximum of $5,000 per student. Manitoba Green Team is investing $10 million for 100 per cent student wage subsidies for students hired by non-profits to beautify or maintain grounds, run community programs, and train youth. I’ve helped many organizations to apply and already several are approved.

• I’ve also consulted extensively with area faith groups regarding resuming worship services. Both Dr. Brent Roussin and health minister Cameron Friesen have indicated publicly that services will likely resume soon, with some COVID-19 guidelines.

• Lastly, after a long week of calls, emails and Zoom meetings, I’ve turned off the computer and gone for a bike ride or walk on one of North Kildonan’s many trails

or paths (say hi if you see me).

Bunn’s Creek trail is dry all the way to the river, and Kilcona and Harbourview parks are open for visitors. The Chief Peguis walking trail is paved and now runs all the way to East St. Paul.

Just a 20 minute drive north of Winnipeg, Birds Hill Park has numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as a beach and campground. The weather has improved, and as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s important to get some sunshine, to be grateful for what we have, and to enjoy those things which often cost nothing or very little, but which I have come to appreciate more in recent months.

Andrew Micklefield is MLA for Rossmere and can be reached at 204-289-4545 or by emailing

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Province Introduces New Resources To Support Victims of Family Violence During Pandemic


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Texting Services are Available to Those with Safety Concerns: Cox

The Manitoba government is launching new resources to help those affected by family and intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox, minister responsible for the status of women, announced today.
“Our government is committed to ensuring victims of family and intimate partner violence know support and shelters are still available during these challenging times, but we also know that not everyone has the technology and safe environment to make a phone call,” said Cox. “The new resources I’m announcing today are intended to let people know help and information is available in a variety of ways.”
The province provides funding to support a toll-free crisis line staffed by shelters across Manitoba. The new campaign was created to promote the crisis line and introduce a new texting option.
New radio spots, social media ads and posters will remind Manitobans that shelters are still open and help is available through the toll-free line or by texting directly with two shelters.
If you have concerns about your safety, call the toll-free crisis line at 1-877-977-0007, text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682, or visit Crisis lines are confidential and available 24 hours a day. In an emergency, dial 911 or call the local police service.
“Families isolated together during the COVID-19 pandemic may be experiencing increased tensions, which can lead to a rise in domestic or family violence,” said Cox. “We want anyone who has concerns about their own, or others’ safety to know help is available.”
The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) plans and develops community programs that help stop family violence. The program provides funding to community-based organizations that offer special services for abused women and their children and for men living with family violence. There are 33 agencies across Manitoba that provide help for people affected by family violence and the minister recognizes the support of agency partners as experts in the delivery of services.
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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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May 12, 2020

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province. During those 15 decades, people from all over the world have come to our keystone province in search for a safer, more prosperous life for themselves and their families. They found it here in Manitoba, their home of hope.

They found a tolerant society that continues to welcome people from every region of the world, regardless of their age, gender, religion or sexual preference. They found a compassionate society that faces its challenges together, consistently leading the nation in volunteerism and support of charities. They found an inclusive society, composed of a diverse mosaic of cultures, customs and languages. They found a society of freedom and opportunity, where the only obstacle to achieving your potential is the size of your dreams.

Their story is our story and it is the story of the approximately 10,000 newcomers who become Canadian citizens each year in our province. Manitobans will always embrace them with open arms and open hearts, welcoming them to our Manitoba family.

As we look to the future, our talented workforce, our diversified economy and our unshakeable respect for human rights ensures that Manitoba will continue to be the envy of the world.

It is often said the only thing better than today in Manitoba is tomorrow in Manitoba. I know that is true because of the many people making meaningful contributions to our province’s economy and society. Manitobans of all races and religions, working together each day to build an even brighter future for themselves, for their families, for their neighbours and for future generations of Manitobans.

We are united in celebration; we are united in hope. We are united.


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Manitoba Government Announces Successful Efforts To Redirect Resources to Front Lines While Minimizing Layoffs

May 4, 2020
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Necessary Savings Achieved to Mitigate Massive COVID-19 Impacts Through Creativity and Teamwork: Fielding

Thanks to the efforts of numerous government departments, Crown corporations and more than 100 other outside reporting entities outside of the health-care sector, the Manitoba government will have the financial capacity to continue increased spending to support critical front-line services in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“Ensuring public health and safety during the global COVID-19 pandemic has meant redirecting resources to the front lines, and making crucial and sustained investments to protect all Manitobans,” said Fielding. “At the same time the economic impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented, causing a massive level of private-sector layoffs and the rapid deterioration of all provincial finances through a combination of rising expenses and collapsing revenues.”

Overall, the size of government is still expected to grow by more than $1 billion this year. However, through these efforts by non-front-line care government departments and other public-sector organizations, 4.9 per cent of non-essential operating expenses and 2.2 per cent of non-essential workforce expenditures will be redirected to the front-line COVID response. 

“Our aim has always been to minimize temporary public-sector layoffs, despite the tremendous fiscal challenges we’re facing,” said Fielding. “And through our success in finding other necessary operating savings in non-essential discretionary spending areas, we will have kept our actual workforce expense reductions to just over two per cent, many of which have already been implemented.”

The province is now projecting a deficit up to $5 billion in 2020-21, caused by a drop in provincial revenues of approximately $3 billion and additional COVID-19 related costs of approximately$2 billion. The cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone could reach up to $1 billion, the minister highlighted, and the province has committed more than $250 million to support struggling businesses with more support programs to be announced in the coming weeks.

External rating agencies continue to report that Manitoba has the highest direct-debt-to-revenue ratio among provinces, estimated at 297 per cent, and the highest direct debt per capita. These same agencies have reported that, due to this high debt load, Manitoba is among the most vulnerable of all provinces to withstand economic shocks such as the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue to responsibly address our profound challenges. In order to procure PPE and support the rapidly escalating costs of our ongoing front-line response to the pandemic and mounting pressures on other areas of government, we have to focus our spending and spend smarter,” said Fielding. “We’ve taken an all-hands-on-deck approach, working together with management, public-sector unions and our front-line workers within government departments and our outside reporting entities, to find creative ways to redirect resources to where they’re needed most and innovative ways to adjust our service delivery models given the new realities caused by COVID-19.”

The minister cited numerous examples of successful teamwork and innovation since March:
•    the repurposing of Crown corporation facilities for front-line support,
•    the redeployment of hundreds of staff across government and Crown corporations to priority areas such as the Manitoba Emergency Co-ordination Centre and centralized pandemic procurement and distribution logistics within the health system,
•    the redeployment of Shared Health employees to Cadham Labs to support increased testing capacity, and
•    the creation of inter-disciplinary teams to address the urgent priority of supporting front-line health-care workers with child-care opportunities and rapidly rolling out new support programs for Manitobans.

The minister also reinforced the work of government and outside reporting entities to minimize layoffs continues and that government would pursue all alternative tools, such as voluntary reduced workweeks and possible work sharing options, to achieve the necessary reduction in workforce expenses.

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It’s Important to Stay Connected – April 22, 2020 Herald Article by Andrew Micklefield

While it is essential to stay home and physically distance when we are in public places, it’s equally important to stay connected to one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I am unable to attend community events or meet people directly, I am working full time from home answering calls, helping constituents, and assisting area residents seeking to access the government help available to their families and businesses. Every morning my assistant and I discuss emails and phone calls, and organize our day to respond to everyone who has reached out to our office.

 It’s also been encouraging to learn of neighbours are helping each other in big and small ways too: by picking up shopping for seniors or those unable to go out, and dropping it on their doorstep before sending a quick text or making a quick call to indicate it’s there; by phoning a loved one or isolated friend or relative; by donating blood to Canada Blood Services or by donating food to Winnipeg Harvest. There are many big and small ways to stay connected during COVID-19, despite the physical distancing we must all continue to observe. 

If you would like to help but don’t know what to do, sign up at Manitoba’s Help Next Door website to be notified of ways you can assist in your area at And if you need help, you can visit the same website to request assistance. Manitobans are helping each other overcome life’s challenges, just as they have done for generations. 

Our government is also working hard to protect Manitobans, issuing daily news releases explaining the rules and reasons for the cautious measures required at this time. It’s important not to believe everything you see on social media, Manitoba’s most credible and up-to-date source of information is available online at

Small businesses and the people who run them are also vital to our economy and collective well being. Business owners with questions about critical services or operations can ask questions at and get answers in real-time. 

The health and safety of Manitobans is not just a top priority — it’s the top priority. So during this time, we want to make sure we’re spreading the facts, not the virus. 

Please phone or email my office if you have any questions or concerns at or 204-289-4545.

We’re here for you – even if we’re apart.

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Striving to serve the community – March 25, 2020 Canstar Herald Column by Andrew Micklefield


(From left) Helen Hopko, Evelyn Kohut, Sheila Daly, Irene Gaylord, Emily McDougal and Rossmere MLA Andrew Micklefield chatted at a Valentine’s Day lunch.

The most fulfilling element of public service is serving people, meeting local community groups and addressing individual needs.

During the first part of 2020 I was honoured to serve constituents in this way, immersing myself in the community before the current legislative session began.

During these weeks I attended several Rossmere seniors’ events, including a Valentine’s lunch with a table of lively grandmothers — all over 80 years old and all full of wit and wisdom. They told stories about their adventurous lives and shared concerns that my office was able to resolve within a few days. I was grateful to hear stories of positive experiences at Concordia’s Urgent Care Centre.

I enjoyed assisting newcomers settling into their new Canadian home by answering questions about the provincial nominee program, directing them to government services, and helping them find doctors and other services outlined in my Now that you are here presentation. The newcomers Ruth and I have welcomed into our own home have enriched our lives and family as we’ve tried to ease their transition to a new culture.

I also visited 13 Rossmere area schools and preschools for I Love to Read month in February. I read fun stories and answered many questions from students. I also joined a djembe drumming class, where I tapped into past lives of teaching and drumming for a few hours of percussion with local students.

Now that our break has come to an end, I look forward to debating and passing legislation designed to move Manitoba forward.

This spring’s return to session has been full of unfolding events but in the midst of every circumstance I will continue to work for the people of Rossmere who I am honoured to serve and represent. I can be reached at 204-289-4545 or by emailing

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Manitoba Government Introduces COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to Budget 2020


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Most Emergency-Ready Budget in Manitoba History: Fielding

The Manitoba government is tabling a supplementary document that will outline measures in Budget 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“Budget 2020 takes measures that serve as the foundation for the Manitoba government’s fiscal response to the fast-evolving public health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fielding.  “Budget 2020 sets aside the largest amount of money in Manitoba history for emergency expenditures, and Manitobans should be reassured by this unprecedented level of fiscal resilience and flexibility to quickly deliver the resources required to respond to any emergency.”

The province is taking significant financial and public health steps to ensure Manitobans are safe and protected at this time of rising economic and social anxiety, noted the minister.

The budget supplement outlined key measures that contribute to Manitoba’s resiliency:
•    reinvestment in the rainy day fund – over the coming month, the province will increase the Fiscal Stabilization Fund to $800 million from $571 million, and transfer an additional $72 million by the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year;
•    prudent budgeting – the province has avoided $10 billion in debt over the past four years as a result of responsible financial decisions, as well as approximately $200 million of incremental interest costs;
•    federal support – $18 million in federal support is available to Manitoba and Ottawa has indicated further aid is likely forthcoming; and
•    a stable, resilient economy – with Manitoba’s diversified economic base, the province continues to have one of the most competitive and stable economies in Canada.

Overall, Manitoba has nearly $1 billion of financial flexibility to address this challenge, if required, the minister noted.

“The steps our government has taken over the past four years to manage provincial finances more responsibly means that we are better positioned to respond to this and future emergencies and withstand the ongoing period of economic uncertainty,” said Fielding.  “Living in a province that regularly faces floods and other natural disasters has taught us the importance of being prepared for emergencies and having flexibility and agility in our planning and response.”

Fielding noted the province is making the necessary investments to address the pandemic and implementing protocols to ensure funds are available in order to quickly respond to the rapidly changing situation.

The COVID-19 response will also impact Manitoba’s forecasted budgetary revenues for the 2020-21 fiscal year, the minister said.  Preliminary estimates for Manitoba’s economy suggest a large initial decline in economic growth during the first half of 2020, followed by a recovery in the second half of the year.  Growth in 2021 may be higher than currently forecast as a result of the return of pent-up demand across impacted sectors, he noted.  The Budget 2020 supplement states that there are reasons to believe Manitoba will see a less significant decline than other jurisdictions, in part, given the province’s diversified economic base.

The government’s 2019-20 third quarter fiscal update released in early March projected a $325-million deficit for the current fiscal year.  The province does not anticipate significant impacts that would disrupt that forecast.

The Manitoba government will update its projections as the situation unfolds over the coming months.  Government departments continue to engage closely with key provincial stakeholders and other governments to mitigate the economic and public health challenges of this significant event, Fielding said.

Visit for the most up-to date information on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to Budget 2020 will be posted with the rest of the budget documents at

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