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Manitoba Bridge Grant


New: June 22, 2021

The provincial government is reopening the Manitoba Bridge Grant program with an estimated $5 million in support for seasonal businesses and new applicants affected by the current public health orders.

Businesses that did not previously apply to the Bridge Grant Program before the March 31 program deadline can now apply. Eligible storefront businesses will receive $5,000 and home-based businesses will receive up to $5,000 based on 10 per cent of their gross revenue, depending on when they started operating.

If you previously applied to the Manitoba Bridge Grant program, regardless of whether your application was approved or not, you are not eligible to reapply at this time.

The deadline for new applications is July 16, 2021.

There are two streams of the Manitoba Bridge Grant: Stream A and Stream B.

  • Stream A is for store-front businesses.
  • Stream B is for home-based businesses.

A store-front business is one which is open for clients or the public to enter.† A home based business is one which is not open to clients or the public.† A business that applies to the incorrect stream will be asked to reapply under the correct stream.

In addition, businesses which provide a food service establishment with a valid food handling permit will receive an additional $2,000. This includes hotels, lodges, bars and lounges. Businesses that previously received a $2,000 grant will not receive an additional $2,000.


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Program Description


The Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream A provides a one-time $5,000 grant to eligible Manitoba small- and medium-sized store-front businesses and organizations. The grant provides financial assistance to eligible Manitoba businesses and organizations that are required to fully close their premises to the public as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders.

The Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream B provides a one-time maximum of up-to $5,000 to eligible Manitoba full time home-based businesses.

The deadline for applications under both streams is July 16, 2021.


Eligibility Criteria - Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream A


To receive support from the Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream A, a business or organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a permanent, Manitoba-based business or organization physically operating in the Province of Manitoba;
  • have been actively operating or conducting business on or prior to June 22, 2021;
  • operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, co-operative, non-share corporation, not-for-profit organization or registered charity;
  • possess an active and valid Manitoba Business Number;
  • be in good standing with the Manitoba Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors and registered charities);
  • have been affected by the public by Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders, or any revisions to those orders; and
  • have an e-mail address and a valid business bank account with a Canadian financial institution.

The following businesses or organizations are not eligible:

  • agriculture or farming industries;
  • real estate agents;
  • self-employed salespersons or commissioned-based salespersons;
  • health professionals;
  • lawyers, paralegals, accountants, translators, veterinarians, engineers or geoscientists;
  • businesses operating under a regulatory body of a profession;
  • businesses that deal in securities, manage financial portfolios or provide financial services;
  • businesses that conduct multilevel marketing;
  • businesses or organizations that were in arrears for taxes owing to Manitoba and that have not since rectified the amount in arrears; and
  • businesses that do not exist for the purpose of carrying on an active business in Manitoba.

In addition, businesses that rely on passive income are not eligible. Passive income is income is from the ownership of capital property or assets that generate income without excessive effort on the part of the stakeholder. Examples of passive income include rental revenue, dividends, royalties etc.


Eligibility Criteria - Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream B


To receive support from the Manitoba Bridge Grant - Stream B, a business or organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a permanent, home-based business located in Manitoba and physically operating in the province;
  • have been actively operating or conducting business on or prior to June 22, 2021;
  • operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation;
  • possess an active and valid Manitoba Business Number;
  • be in good standing with the Manitoba Companies Office (this is not required for sole proprietors operating under their personal names who are not registered with the Companies Office);
  • businesses started before January 1, 2020 must have filed a 2019 income tax return;
  • businesses started after January 1, 2020 must have filed a 2020 income tax return;
  • businesses started after January 1, 2021 must provide a record of gross income generated in 2021;
  • have an e-mail address and a valid business bank account with a Canadian financial institution; and
  • must operate on a full-time basis.

The business must be a home-based business and:

  • must operate on a full-time and permanent basis;
  • must be actively operating or conducting business in Manitoba immediately prior to the implementation of applicable public health orders;
  • affected by Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 or any revisions to those orders; and
  • operate in the region to which the public health order applies to.

The following businesses or organizations are not eligible:

  • agriculture or farming industries;
  • real estate agents;
  • self-employed salespersons or commissioned-based salespersons;
  • health professionals;
  • lawyers, paralegals, accountants, translators, veterinarians, engineers or geoscientists;
  • businesses operating under a regulatory body of a profession;
  • businesses that deal in securities, manage financial portfolios or provide financial services;
  • businesses that conduct multilevel marketing;
  • businesses or organizations that were in arrears for taxes owing to Manitoba and that have not since rectified the amount in arrears; and
  • businesses that do not exist for the purpose of carrying on an active business in Manitoba.

In addition, businesses that rely on passive income are not eligible. Passive income is income is from the ownership of capital property or assets that generate income without excessive effort on the part of the stakeholder. Examples of passive income include rental revenue, dividends, royalties etc.


Application Document Requirements - Stream A


Before filling out the online application, ensure you have the following information ready:

  • your business number, companies office registry number, workers compensation board or retail sales tax account numbers (as applicable);
  • the business or organization's bank account information; and/or
  • your social insurance number, if you are applying as a sole proprietor or partnership, when the partner is an individual. The applicant must be the sole-proprietor, partner, director, or authorized representative of the business or organization.

Stream A online application: https://forms.gov.mb.ca/bridge-grant-stream-a/


Application Document Requirements - Stream B


Before proceeding to the online application, ensure you have the following information ready:

  • your business number, companies office registry number, workers compensation board or retail sales tax account numbers (as applicable);
  • for businesses that were operating prior to January 1, 2020 - sole proprietors or partnerships must provide, an image (.jpg or jpeg) of page 2 of the 2019 Statement of Business and Investment Income T2125, showing line 8299; for corporations, businesses must provide an image (.jpg or jpeg) of page 1 of 2019 Schedule 125 - Income Statement Information;
  • for businesses that started operating after January 1, 2020 - sole proprietors or partnerships must provide, an image of page 2  of the 2020 Statement of Business and Investment Income T2125, showing line 8299; for corporations, businesses must provide an image of page 1 of 2020 Schedule 125 - Income Statement Information. Note: exception only for corporations that are not yet required to file their corporate tax return. These businesses may provide their trial balance or sales ledger.
  • for businesses that started in 2021 - businesses must provide their trial balance or sales ledger for the period the business has been operating.
  • the business’ bank account information (personal bank accounts will not be accepted unless you are a sole proprietor operating without a registered business name), including an image (.jpg or jpeg) of a void cheque;
  • your social insurance number, if you are applying as a sole proprietor or partnership, when the partner is an individual. The applicant must be the sole-proprietor, partner, director, or authorized representative of the business or organization.

Stream B online application: https://forms.gov.mb.ca/bridge-grant-stream-b/


If you require assistance to complete the online form, please contact:

Manitoba Government Inquiry
204-945-3744
1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862)


Stream A - Frequently Asked Questions


Seasonal businesses and new applicants affected by the current public health restrictions that did not previously apply to the Bridge Grant Program before the March 31 deadline can now apply. The new deadline for applications is July 16, 2021.


Yes. The grant is taxable and businesses will need to declare it as taxable income. Please note there will be no T4A slips issued.


No, as long as you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will not have to pay back the grant funds.


If you would like to opt out of the program, repay the funds, or if a payment has been made to you in error, please contact the program administration office at mbg@gov.mb.ca to make repayment arrangements.


No. This program supports businesses and organizations that were affected by Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders.


Yes. Restaurants and other eligible businesses and organizations that seek alternative ways to provide services to the public, despite having to fully close their premises as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders, are still qualified to apply for the program.


Yes. Retail stores and other eligible businesses and organizations that seek alternative ways to provide services to the public despite having to fully close their premises as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders are eligible to apply for the program.


Yes. Eligible businesses and organizations that seek alternative ways to conduct operations despite having to fully close their premises as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders are still qualified to apply for the program. Examples include:

  • a restaurant that provides food delivery;
  • a retail store that provides curbside pickup;
  • a place of worship that streams its service online; or
  • a fitness instructor that offers online classes.

Applications must be submitted on or before July 16, 2021. (Note: the application deadline is subject to change as determined by the Manitoba government.)


Only businesses and organizations that have been required to fully close their premises, or who are listed in the program criteria, qualify for the Manitoba Bridge Grant.


Yes, as long as you meet all the eligibility criteria of the Manitoba Bridge Grant, you can apply.


No, your business does not automatically qualify for the Manitoba Bridge Grant. You will need to submit a new application and meet all the eligibility requirements of the Manitoba Bridge Grant to receive funding.



Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of $5,000.The funds will be electronically-deposited into the business bank account, with a confirmation email from the program.


If approved, your payment will be electronically deposited into your bank account within ten business days.

If ten business days have passed and you have yet to receive payment, please contact the grant administration team at mbg@gov.mb.ca.


No, only one grant of $5,000 is permitted per business number. If your business partner has applied and received confirmation of the application was accepted, you would not be eligible to apply twice.


No, a business or organization is limited to a grant to a maximum of $5,000 per 9-digit business number.


You will receive a seven-digit confirmation number once the application is submitted. Please keep this number for future correspondence.

A confirmation email will only be sent after the application has been reviewed.


If you applied to the program on or before March 31, 2021, you will receive the top-up automatically provided your business possesses a food handling permit and you applied under one of the following categories:

  • bars/lounges; or
  • hotels/lodges/outfitters.

If you are a new applicant and you fall under one of the following categories, you will automatically receive the $2,000 top-up with your grant, for a total of $7000:

  • restaurants;
  • bars/lounges; or
  • hotels/lodges/outfitters.


Stream B - Frequently Asked Questions


Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment equal to 10 per cent of gross revenue up-to a maximum of $5,000. The funds will be electronically deposited into the business bank account, with a confirmation email from the program.


Applications must be submitted on or before July 16, 2021. The application deadline is subject to change as determined by the Manitoba government


No. If you previously applied under Stream B, you are not eligible. Only new businesses that were actively operating as of June 22, 2021 and have not previously submitted an application may apply.


No. Only new businesses that started in 2021 and corporations with a non-calendar year-end that are not yet required to file their corporate income tax return may attach their trial balance or sales ledger. All others will be rejected.


Yes. As long as you meet all the eligibility criteria of the Manitoba Bridge Grant, you can apply.


Yes. Use the gross revenue generated for the length of time your business has been operating in your application. Please attach the trial balance or sales ledger that corresponds to gross revenue.


No, your business does not automatically qualify for the Manitoba Bridge Grant. You will need to submit a new application and meet all the eligibility requirements of the grant to receive funding.


If approved, your payment will be electronically deposited into your bank account within ten business days.

If ten business days have passed and you have yet to receive payment, please contact the grant administration team at BGPHome@gov.mb.ca.


No, only one grant up-to a maximum of $5,000 is permitted per business number. If your business partner has applied and received confirmation of the application was accepted, you would not be eligible to apply twice.


If you received funding but applied under the incorrect stream, please contact the Bridge Grant Administration Team at BGPhome@gov.mb.ca and they will assist you.


Yes. The grant is taxable and businesses will need to declare it as taxable income. Please note there will be no T4A slips issued.


Yes. As long as you meet all the eligibility criteria of the Manitoba Bridge Grant, you can apply.


No, as long as you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will not have to pay back the grant funds.†


You will receive a 7-digit confirmation number once the application is submitted. Please keep this number for future correspondence.