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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Plenty of community activity to keep us warm – Canstar Herald Article by Andrew Micklefield on February 24, 2021

There is plenty to get excited about this February thanks to the creative enterprise of area community groups. Winnipeg’s annual Real to Reel Film Festival, usually hosted live at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church at 1315 Gateway Road, this year runs online from February 14 to 28, spotlighting an impressive 50 films curated over the past year from submissions by independent film-makers from around the world. Featuring a mix of full length, short, family, and documentary movies, the festival aims to provide “cool, clean, compelling, uplifting films” says Paul Boge, the Festival’s Coordinator. For example, “Breathtaking’, follows the adventure of mountain guides attempting to summit K-2 while “Against the Tide” discusses the intersection between science and Christian faith. This year’s Real to Reel Festival also includes pre-recorded conversations with the film-makers regarding the inspiration and production of each film. Passes for the online festival are $10 at Winnipegfilmfestival.com.

If movies aren’t your thing, Gateway Recreation Center is not letting cold nor Covid compromise their commitment to community programs. Outdoor rinks are open and anyone can choose from a selection of free online exercise classes through their “Fit at Home” initiative, funded by the Province of Manitoba. On Mondays with Genny at 6pm, Zumba; on Wednesdays at 6pm, Boxing with Overtime Fitness; and on Thursdays at 6pm, also with Overtime Fitness, High Intensity Interval Training. Rec-centre regulars will also be gearing up for the Great North Kildonan Scavenger Hunt with gift certificate prizes for winners from local restaurants and businesses, making this a fun and family-friendly event. Tammy Harper from the Rec centre explains, “our hope for both programs is to get people up and moving in order to alleviate some of the mental health issues surrounding staying at home so much.” See www.gatewayrec.com for program details, duration and other information.

There is lots to be thankful for in Rossmere this month, thanks to the bighearted efforts of those willing to make our neighbourhood a community. Let my office know if your organization has something to offer the wider area! Thanks to these groups for helping us get through these months together!

Andrew Micklefield is the MLA for Rossmere and can be reached at andrew@andrewmicklefield.com or by calling 204.289.4545. His office is located at unit 3-935 McLeod Ave, at McLeod and London.

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Manitobans Can Now Access COVID-19 Immunization Record Online

February 18, 2021

MANITOBANS CAN NOW ACCESS COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION RECORD ONLINE

Manitobans who have received a COVID-19 immunization can now view and print this information online, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“This is another proactive measure to ensure people have access to their own health information,” said Stefanson.  “We know many Manitobans have asked for their COVID-19 vaccination information from our public health offices. The new online portal will make this easier for all eligible Manitobans until a more permanent immunization card is available.”

To access this information online, Manitobans must have a valid Manitoba Health registration card and a personal email address. Information about the COVID-19 vaccine received and dates of immunization will be provided for viewing and printing. People who do not have internet access or a health card number can continue to call their public health office for access to their information. 

In most cases, Manitobans can request their online records approximately 48 hours after their immunization. However, it may take up to seven days for the information to become available. The minister noted a secure immunization card is currently in development and will be available to Manitobans later this spring. She also noted that employers and other parties should not be requesting proof of immunization for any purpose.

Immunization records can be accessed securely on the Shared Health online portal that is also used for COVID-19 test results. To view or print this information, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/

To learn more about the COVID-19 immunization campaign, including access to immunization records, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html. For more information on COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

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Province Offers Free Winter Family Fishing Weekend

February 11, 2021

Manitobans will be able to get outside and try their luck ice fishing at many of Manitoba’s world-class lakes and rivers during this year’s Winter Family Fishing Weekend, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

“The free family fishing weekend makes it easier than ever for Manitobans to get hooked on the winter tradition of ice fishing,” said Pedersen. “Manitobans are encouraged to grab a rod and reel and safely head out onto the ice to catch a good time this weekend, while exploring the many fishing opportunities this province as to offer.”
 
From Saturday, Feb. 13, to Monday, Feb. 15, anglers may fish without a licence throughout the province, except in national parks where a federal angling licence is still required. Anglers may retain up to a conservation licence limit of fish, which includes four walleye/sauger, four northern pike, two smallmouth bass, one lake trout, one channel catfish and two stocked trout. Regular limits apply for those who already have a regular angling licence and all other angling regulations apply during this weekend, including regulations for individual waters. For more information on all provincial fishing regulations, refer to the 2020 Manitoba Anglers’ Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com.

Manitobans looking for fisheries information such as contour maps, fisheries assessment summaries and stocking information can use the interactive Lake Information for Anglers website, which provides valuable information in an easily accessible format. The Lake Information for Anglers website can be found at www.manitobafisheries.com.

The province is also offering free entry into provincial parks throughout the month of February. Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park this month, but Snopasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks, said Pedersen.

Anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions before travelling onto the ice. It is important to let someone know where you are fishing and to wear appropriate clothing so that your ice-fishing adventure is enjoyable.

Anglers are also reminded that aquatic invasive species (AIS) requirements are in effect year-round. The winter (ice-covered) season checklist is a step-by-step resource that can help you comply with the Manitoba government’s AIS Regulation. For more information, visit www.Manitoba.ca/StopAIS.

Anglers cannot kill and remove live bait from an aquatic invasive species control zone and reuse the dead bait for future use.

Bait taken into an AIS control zone must be discarded before leaving the shore, if it:
• is live bait;
• has been handled (e.g. hooked); or
• has come into contact with surface water from the control zone.

These requirements apply even with a valid three-day live bait fish transfer and use receipt. Additionally, all water from the bait container must be drained before leaving the shore.

Outdoor gatherings continue to be restricted to five people. However, anglers are strongly encouraged to limit their groups to members of a single household.  Anglers who are not from the same household are required to maintain a minimum separation of at least two metres from each other. Travelling in separate vehicles and/or on separate snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles is recommended. A mask should be worn if anglers cannot physically distance at outdoor locations, such as waterbody access points.

All Manitobans are reminded to continue to follow public health orders while angling. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/covidcareful.html.

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New Public Health Orders Formalize Next Steps of Province’s Cautious Reopening Effective February 12

February 9, 2021 – Following the Fundamentals is How We Continue to Protect Each Other and Save Lives: Pallister

Following feedback from Manitobans and advice from public health leaders, the province is loosening a variety of restrictions while ensuring protocols are in place to protect Manitobans from the risks of COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced today.

“Today is another big day for Manitobans, especially for our local business owners who are eager to safely reopen their doors, and provide the goods and services that Manitobans have missed the past few months,” said Pallister. “With fewer restrictions, we must remain cautious, in fact, even more cautious. In the absence of COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, following the fundamentals is how we continue to protect each other and save lives.”

The orders will formalize the following changes for all of Manitoba, replacing the General COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on Jan. 28 and the Northern Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on Feb. 1, 2021. The orders will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 12 and will last for three weeks.

The orders include the following changes, with further pandemic safety measures in place:
• allowing restaurants and licensed premises to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with patron groups limited to members of the same household only;
• allowing outdoor sports facilities to reopen for casual sports as well as organized practices and games, with multi-team tournaments not permitted;
• allowing gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instruction only;
• allowing places of worship to hold regular religious services if a service does not exceed 10 per cent of usual capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;
• allowing self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviours to hold meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the premise where meetings take place;
• allowing museums, art galleries and libraries to operate at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing personal service businesses, such as those providing pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing up to 10 people to attend a wedding in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer;
• allowing photographers and videographers to offer services to individual clients or those residing in the same household in addition to providing services at weddings, with the exception of visiting client homes; and
• allowing the film industry to operate fully with physical distancing and other safety measures in place.

“These new orders allow us to resume more activities and services we enjoy, but we cannot let our guard down yet,” said Roussin. “We will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 developments and case numbers to ensure we protect each other and our health-care system. Manitobans need to continue to follow the fundamentals at all times including staying home when sick, frequent handwashing and wearing masks. We all have a part to play in keeping our COVID-19 curve down so we can continue making measured progress towards getting back to the things we love.”

The new orders also bring the entire province under the same restrictions, where the northern region had previously been under separate orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Under the new orders, northern Manitoba will see the changes listed above in addition to the restrictions in place over the last three weeks for the rest of the province including:
• household visitor restrictions of up to two designated people,
• visits of five people plus members of a household on an outdoor private property,
• retail stores open at 25 per cent capacity or 250 people maximum with adequate physical distancing, and
• non-regulated health services, hair salons and barbershops open with 25 per cent capacity and adequate physical distancing.

Since Feb. 4, over 33,000 responses were provided on the proposed changes to the orders. Feedback indicated:
• 65 per cent of respondents felt somewhat or very comfortable going to restaurants;
• 57 per cent of respondents felt somewhat or very comfortable going to the gym or to a yoga studio; and
• opening food services was ranked the highest priority for respondents, followed by opening personal services like nail salons and tattoo parlors, allowing gyms to reopen for individual training and allowing outdoor organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices.

Final survey results will be posted on the EngageMB website once compiled.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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Province Seeks Feedback On Next Steps in Reopening Plans to Balance Economic Activity and Health and Safety of Manitobans

February 4, 2021 – Continue to Prioritize Needs of Health-Care System, Protect Manitobans from Risks of COVID-19 and New Variants: Pallister

After safely implementing modest changes to public health orders to slowly reopen the economy, Manitoba’s COVID-19 curve continues to bend in the right direction, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced today, noting the province is considering further loosening some restrictions, while continuing to prioritize the needs of the health- care system and protecting Manitobans from the risks of COVID-19 and new variants.

“I want to thank Manitobans for their patience and their commitment to follow to the guidelines and public health orders as we cautiously begin to restart our economy and reopen our communities,” said Pallister. “While Manitoba’s COVID cases continue to trend in the right direction, we must not lose sight of the gains we have made and the risks associated with vaccine delays and new COVID variants. We must, and will, proceed with caution to ensure we continue to protect and safeguard Manitoba lives.”
 
The province is considering the following changes for all of Manitoba is and asking Manitobans for their input on:
• allowing food services, including restaurants and lounges, to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with closure time of 10 p.m., limited to patron groups of household members;
• allowing personal services, including nail salons and tattoo parlours, to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with adequate physical distancing, enhanced personal protective equipment measures and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.
• allowing gyms to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for one-on-one and individual training sessions with adequate physical distancing, with no group classes;
• allowing places of worship to reopen at a maximum of 10 per cent capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;
• allowing libraries to reopen at a maximum of 25 per cent capacity, limited to patron groups of household members;
• allowing organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices (no multi-team tournaments);
• clarifying that addictions support and treatment groups can operate with adequate physical distancing measures in place;
• allowing the film industry to resume work, with safety protocols in place;
• opening public washroom facilities with 25 per cent capacity and enhanced signage;
• increasing capacity for weddings to up to 10 people in addition to the officiant and photographer; and
• allowing photographers to resume operations outdoors and with studio capacity limited to patron groups of household members only.
 
“We’re in a stable place right now – our data is not showing evidence of a spike as a result of the reopening measures put in place Jan. 23. However, the next few weeks will be crucial to determine whether any COVID-19 variants have entered Manitoba and their impacts,” said Roussin. “Of course, the fundamentals – including physical distancing, frequent handwashing, mask wearing and staying home when sick – still apply, and are what will help us gradually reopen more activities and services when it is safe to do so.”
 
The proposed plan brings the entire province under the same restrictions, enabling the northern region to observe restrictions the rest of the province will continue to have in place including household visitor restrictions of up to two designated people, visits of five people plus members of a household on an outdoor private property, retail stores open at 25 per cent capacity or 250 people maximum with adequate physical distancing and non-regulated health services, hair salons and barbershops open with 25 per cent capacity and adequate physical distancing.
 
The province is asking for feedback from Manitobans on the proposed changes, which would come into effect next week to replace the current public health orders that expire at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 12. To provide input, visit https://engagemb.ca/.
 
Manitobans provided feedback that helped form the orders beginning Jan. 23, which saw the safe, modest reopening of Manitoba’s economy, as well as the basis for the proposed changes above, the premier said.
 
More than 73,000 responses were provided between Jan. 15 and 19 and indicated:
• 85 per cent of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed it is important the province reopen gradually, preventing a yo-yo return to restrictions in future;
• 61 per cent of respondents indicated the ability for children and young people to participate in organized sports and recreation is very important or important;
• 62 per cent of respondents are very or somewhat comfortable going to restaurants; and
• 49 per cent of respondents said that the ability to have more people attend a wedding than the current five-person limit is very important or important.

Results of the survey will be posted on the EngageMB website once completed.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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Local investments a priority in 2021 – Feb 3 Canstar Herald article by Andrew Micklefield

Rossmere MLA Andrew Micklefield meets with Kim Scherger, executive director of the Manitoba Camping Association, located at 1215 Henderson Hwy.
SUPPLIED PHOTORossmere MLA Andrew Micklefield meets with Kim Scherger, executive director of the Manitoba Camping Association, located at 1215 Henderson Hwy.

As the MLA serving our area, I am honoured to write about ongoing investments into our local communities. Since Jan. 1, many such investments have been announced which will benefit families, schools and neighbourhoods in real and meaningful ways. 

$50 million was announced for capital investments in kindergarten to Grade 12 schools, including: a roof replacement at Chief Peguis Junior High School; phase 2 of a two-storey roof structural upgrade at Springfield Heights School; and an elevator at Kildonan-East Collegiate. 

The announcement also included a commitment to land acquisition for a future school in Devonshire Park north of the Regent Avenue Costco, and reaffirmed the expansion of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine’s new Panet Road school for 350 students in 2022. 

In addition, 96 regularly funded nursery schools received Jan. 1 grant increases for operating funding as part of a commitment to a fair funding model. Of Manitoba’s 162 nursery schools, only 66 received this level of funding until now. More details about this nursery school funding are forthcoming to ensure the expansion and accessibility of nursery and preschool care.

As well, non-profit and community organizations are invited to apply for Green Team grants to hire youth aged 15 to 29 between May 1 and Sept. 30. Last year my office successfully helped local organizations benefit from over $200,000 in grants for summer children’s and youth programming, community gardens, site maintenance, and COVID protocols. One hundred per cent of wage costs are covered for non-profit organizations; applications must be received by Feb. 15. 

Non-profit and community-led organizations can also apply for Building Sustainable Communities grants, which fund up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $75,000; and for larger-scale capital projects to a maximum of $300,000. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

Since Jan. 1, the province has also announced $2.3 million for wraparound care for youth and young adults injured by violence; $5.6 million for support and services for victims of crime; and $4 million for safety and security upgrades for Manitoba Housing. 

Despite the challenges of the current times, Manitoba’s government is committed to investing in local communities like ours.

While these investments rarely make front page news, they often make a huge difference in the lives of those they touch. And it is a highlight of my service as an MLA to help community groups access funds they are eligible for, and to see them put those monies to good use serving the community. 

If you would like more information about any of the above opportunities, please contact my office anytime at 204-289-4545 or by emailing andrew@andrewmicklefield.com

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Province Announces $600,000 for Projects to Protect Environment, Deliver Green Economic Opportunities

January 26, 2021 – Conservation and Climate Fund Grants Nearly Doubled: Guillemard

The Manitoba government will provide $600,000 in new grants through the Conservation and Climate Fund to eight organizations for green initiatives throughout the province, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.

“We have taken an important step in moving the Conservation and Climate Fund to a competitive intake process and a merit-based approach that delivers projects offering value for money and green economic opportunities, aligning with the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” said Guillemard. “We know that Manitobans expect smart investments that will help us become Canada’s most climate-resilient province.”

The Manitoba government launched the Conservation and Climate Fund last year. Investments in green initiatives through the fund have nearly doubled this year to a total of $600,000 from the $355,000 that was granted to various groups in 2020.

Grants have been awarded this year to the following groups through the new results-oriented intake process:
• Bike Winnipeg – approximately $37,000 for the Bikeshare Social Enterprise Project;
• Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources –  $100,000 for a project on nutrient reduction in the Lake Winnipeg Basin through nature-based solutions and a collaborative approach involving Indigenous and municipal leaders;
• Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (Winnipeg) – $1,200 for a community organic composting project;
• Ducks Unlimited Canada – $65,000 to support a project involving climate adaptation contributions of wetlands in livestock production grasslands;
• Frontiers North Adventures – approximately $149,000 to assist with the conversion of a Tundra Buggy in Churchill to electric power from diesel;
• Manitoba Building Trades Institute – approximately $78,000 for an aquaponics greenhouse training facility to teach sustainable food production;
• Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (W.R.E.N.C.H.) – approximately $29,000 for Project CleanCycle, which will reclaim bicycle parts from the waste stream while providing education to youth and affordable active transportation options; and
• Winnipeg Trails Association Inc. – approximately $138,000 for Project Bicycle Power for Every Ability, which will match bicycles to the specific needs of newcomer/refugee communities, Indigenous communities, differently abled people and those with a need to transport young children.

“Support from Manitoba’s Conservation and Climate Fund is kick-starting our diesel-to-electric power Tundra Buggy fleet conversion,” said John Gunter, president and CEO, Frontiers North Adventures. “This first EV Tundra Buggy will help to reduce our carbon footprint while relying on 100 per cent renewable energy generated right here in Manitoba. I can’t wait to deliver guests a silent touring experience among Manitoba’s wild polar bears and under our amazing northern lights.”

“We are pleased the Province of Manitoba has selected our innovative and forward-thinking aquaponics programs as a recipient of the Conservation and Climate Fund,” said Sudhir Sandhu, CEO, Manitoba Building Trades Institute. “This first-of-its-kind program in Western Canada will provide key training opportunities in the green economy, while addressing the crucial issues of food insecurity and sustainability.”

Manitoba continues to work toward becoming Canada’s cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province, Guillemard added. The Conservation and Climate Fund has modernized the grant application processes for non-profit organizations, made businesses eligible to apply and facilitated more results-oriented projects. Through a convenient one-stop online portal, applications were received and assessed by a government-wide team to maximize the effort to achieve the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’s priorities including cleaner water, conservation and low-carbon solutions.

For information on the Conservation and Climate Fund, visit Manitoba GO (Manitoba Grants Online) at www.gov.mb.ca/grants/grant-name.html.

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Province Highlights Plans to Protect Vulnerable Manitobans With Comprehensive Vaccine Prioritization List

January 27, 2021 – Manitobans Invited to Learn More About Province’s Vaccine Plans in Upcoming Town Hall: Stefanson

The province has released a four-stage immunization plan that builds on medical expertise and Manitoba’s current approach to the vaccine campaign, with the goal of protecting Manitobans at greatest risk of COVID-19 the soonest, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“These priority groups are clear and based on the guidance of our medical experts,” said Stefanson. “We all want to get the vaccine to our most vulnerable people, and to every Manitoban who wants a vaccine, as quickly as possible. Now, we need the vaccine supply to put our plans into action. This is incredibly important work that is being led by the Vaccine Implementation Task Force, on behalf of all Manitobans.”

The plan sets out how Manitoba will further expand its immunization campaign to reach more Manitobans in priority groups, and then to all Manitobans, based on age. Manitoba’s approach follows the guidance provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on priority populations for the COVID-19 vaccine, tailored to meet Manitoba’s situation. The NACI guidance for priority populations includes:
• those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19;
• those most likely to transmit COVID-19 to those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19; and
• those whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection and where infection could have disproportionate consequences including Indigenous communities.

Manitoba’s plan identifies four main groups including:
• health-care workers and congregate living staff;
• residents of congregate living facilities;
• residents of First Nations communities; and
• Manitobans, based on age.

These groups are then also broken down into smaller groups, so those at greater risk are eligible to be immunized sooner.

The most vulnerable people within the first three groups have already started to be eligible for immunization. The priority plan helps to set out how Manitoba continues to expand its immunization criteria to more Manitobans on the basis of age, as vaccine supplies allow.

Manitoba’s plan is based on recommendations from its vaccine medical advisory table, which includes 27 physicians from a broad range of specialties, a pharmacist and two nurses.

“Our priority population sequencing reflects what we know about COVID-19, including who is at greatest risk of serious illness and who is most likely to be exposed to the virus,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical officer of health with Manitoba Health and Seniors Care and medical lead on the Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “The plan we’re releasing today builds on the work we’ve already done to immunize thousands of people. Now Manitobans will have a better sense of where they and their loved ones fit in the vaccine campaign as it rolls out in the weeks and months ahead.”

These priorities are in addition to pop-up vaccination clinics and Focused Immunization Teams (FITs) that can be used quickly immunize target priority populations.

The minister noted Manitoba is ready to rapidly launch a significant, provincewide immunization campaign to help protect as many Manitobans from the virus as quickly as possible.

Manitoba is now also actively planning to support the launch of new super sites across the province and expand capacity at existing locations. Once additional vaccine supply is received, the province will be able to deliver all vaccine the federal government is able to deliver.

As part of its plan, the province will continue to for immunizing other essential workers when additional vaccines become available in the future. These decisions will also be guided by epidemiological information, medical advice and occupational workplace safety and health. Additional immunization planning for essential workers may happen as additional vaccines become available.

Manitoba remains focused on providing full protection against COVID-19 to those most at risk. The province is currently third in the country for total population fully immunized, at 369 people per 100,000.

The minister also noted that Manitobans will have an opportunity to join her, Reimer and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, at a telephone town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To register and receive a phone call to join, visit https://engagemb.ca/restartmb-pandemic-response-system

An overview of Manitoba’s prioritization strategy and more information about Manitoba’s COVID-19 immunization campaign are available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html.

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Manitoba Government Announces Virtual Engagement for Budget 2021

January 22, 2021 – Online, Telephone Feedback will Help Shape Provincial Priorities to Protect Manitobans: Fielding

The provincial government is inviting Manitobans to participate in virtual and telephone engagement sessions and an online survey to help shape Budget 2021, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“As we prepare our upcoming budget, our government’s priority is to protect and support all Manitobans through the unprecedented fiscal and economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Fielding. “Our annual budget process relies on Manitobans to provide valuable input on important issues. With the pandemic restricting the ways we gather, this year we’re inviting all Manitobans to share suggestions in a safe way as we launch our first-ever virtual engagement process.”

Due to COVID-19 public health orders that restrict gathering sizes, Fielding will host four telephone town halls and four virtual engagement sessions in late January and early February, and invites Manitobans to submit online and written feedback.

Telephone town halls: 
• Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents;
• Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans;
• Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents; and
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. for rural Manitobans.

Virtual meetings:
• Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for rural Manitobans;
• Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. English-French bilingual session;
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans; and
• Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents.

The Manitoba government has also launched an online budget survey through EngageMB and invites Manitobans to complete the survey and register for the virtual public engagement meetings and telephone town halls at https://engagemb.ca/budget-2021.

Manitobans can also email comments and ideas to budget2021@gov.mb.ca or mail written submissions to:
Minister of Finance c/o Budget Consultations
103-450 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

“Budget 2021 will focus on protecting health care, jobs, incomes, education and child care for Manitobans, as we look for ways to protect our province’s future,” said Fielding. “We invite Manitobans to help prioritize our investments in areas such as health care and our COVID-19 response, jobs and the economy, mental health and addictions, and investments in our schools.”

The province’s mid-year financial report and economic outlook released in December 2020 projected a revised deficit of $2.048 billion for the current 2020-21 fiscal year, which would be the highest deficit in Manitoba history.

To date, Manitoba has committed $3.2 billion in response to the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, which is the third-highest level of estimated per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) support in the country.

Fielding noted the province remains focused on its pandemic response and has yet to set a date to release Budget 2021 as it awaits information from the federal government in regards to its budget date and final transfer amounts to provinces.


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Province Provides Update on Vaccine Supply and Plans

January 15, 2021 – Manitoba’s Careful Plan to Protect Manitobans Means No Appointments Will be Cancelled: Stefanson

No vaccine appointments have been cancelled in Manitoba following news that upcoming Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine delivery schedules will be delayed across Canada, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Every Manitoban who has made an appointment to be immunized will still be able to do so, whether it’s their first or second dose,” Stefanson said. “We are now seeing the benefits of our initial planning and the precautions we took, as the federally-sourced vaccine supply remains unpredictable. I want to thank the Vaccine Implementation Task Force for the strategic work that has been done to develop and implement this unprecedented campaign.  We have not taken unnecessary risks by over-extending or assuming future supply and as a result, will not have to deal with mass cancellations or confusion.”

Like all jurisdictions across Canada, today Manitoba learned its Pfizer vaccine shipments from the federal government would be delayed. Due to this uncertainty, no new appointments will be made at this time. The delayed shipment means the second super-site in Brandon will significantly scale back operations shortly after opening on Monday, Jan. 18 and the Thompson Vaxport will not open as soon as expected.

Based on the latest delivery schedules received from the federal government today, appointments that have already been booked will continue, ensuring second doses are also administered within the window set out by the manufacturer. The province’s plan to immunize all residents of personal care homes by Feb. 8 is also unaffected.

“By carefully managing our immunization campaign, we have minimized disruptions for people today and will build on that solid foundation to protect Manitobans with the COVID-19 vaccine in the weeks and months ahead,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “These delays are disappointing. However, we will be ready to immunize every Manitoban who wants the vaccine in the coming months, as soon as supplies resume.”

Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force is already working with stakeholders and the health system to review the impact of delayed shipment schedules from Canada, and will provide further updates when they are available.

For more information about Manitoba’s COVID-19 immunization campaign, visit www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

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