Important Information on Your Business and COVID-19

The Government of Canada has a lot of resources for you and your business during these troubling times.

If you visit this link, you can gain access to resources on how to operate or re-open you business during COVID-19, including:

  • Safety guidelines for workplaces
  • Rules for federally-regulated workplaces
  • Printable templates and signage from the Canadian Business Resilience Network

There are also links to financial support, loans and access to credit, including opportunities we have posted about previously.

Benefits of wearing a mask during a pandemic

Why are masks important during a pandemic? How can they help slow the spread of COVID-19?

This video from PBS’s It’s Okay to be Smart discusses the effect masks can have in slowing the transmission of COVID-19.

Here in Manitoba, masks have not been mandated in public spaces but are being encouraged on Winnipeg Transit buses.

Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin has said in the past masks can help protect people and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Loan for Female Entrepreneurs

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is providing partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 for women-owned businesses struggling because of COVID-19.

To qualify, your business must be at minimum 50 per cent owned by women, according to an article in the Winnipeg Free Press written by Gabrielle Piche.

The article also states if 75 per cent of the loan is paid back before Dec. 31, 2022, the remaining 25 per cent will be forgiven. If it isn’t it will convert to a three year term with an interest rate of 5 per cent.

Funds for the program have been made available through the federal government’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

You can check to see if your business is eligible by visiting

Stay tuned to our blog page for more news regarding EDP-Winnipeg businesses and COVID-19.