Manitoba Bridge Grant

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Manitoba Bridge Grant


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Program Overview





Eligibility Criteria


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




Organizations that do not qualify include





Application Documents



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

For General Inquiries

Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca




How to Submit Your Application


Eligibility is determined based on information provided in the application form. The grant will be approved based on meeting the eligibility requirements.

Apply here: https://forms.gov.mb.ca/bridge-grant/




Common Questions and Answers


You are eligible to apply for this grant if you are a Manitoba business or organization and meet all of the following criteria:

  • A permanent, Manitoba-based business or organization physically operating in the Province of Manitoba;
  • Actively operating or conducting business on November 9, 2020;
  • Operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, co-operative, non-share corporation, not-for-profit organization, registered charity;
  • Possess an active and valid Business Number as of November 9, 2020;
  • Be in good standing with the Manitoba Companies Office (not required for sole proprietors;
  • · Have been required by Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020, or any revisions to those Orders, to fully close your premises to the public;
  • Have an e-mail address and a valid business bank account with a Canadian financial institution.

No. This program supports businesses and organizations that were required to fully close their premises a result of Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020


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 prevention order, 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 prevention 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 prevention 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
  • A fitness instructor that offers online classes

Applications must be submitted on or before December 15, 2020.*

*The application deadline is subject to change as determined by the Manitoba government.


All businesses or organizations that have been required to fully close their premises to the public as a result of Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020 are eligible, except for:

  • Businesses and organizations required to limit the number of occupants within its premises as a result of COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020;
  • Businesses or organizations that conduct multilevel marketing
  • Businesses that are passive businesses;
  • Businesses or organizations that were in arrears for taxes owing to Manitoba on March 20, 2020 (i.e., before the first state of emergency), and that have not since rectified the amount in arrears (note: this does not include businesses that have deferred tax remittances incurred between April and September 2020).

No. Only businesses and organizations included in the public health order that have been required to fully close their premises qualify for the Manitoba Bridge Grant.

Please find the most current public health orders here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html#current


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 MBG to receive funding.


The Manitoba Bridge Grant may be extended beyond January 1, 2021, and provide an additional $5,000 to eligible organizations should these Prevention Orders remain in place. If this occurs, the province would automatically process the second payment at that time with no further actions required from applicants.


No, as long as you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will not have to pay back the Manitoba Bridge Grant funds. However, it should be noted that Manitoba Bridge Grant contributions are taxable income.


Yes, your business or organization qualifies as long as the entity was operational prior to the COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect as of November 12, 2020, or any revisions to those Orders, and you meet all the eligibility criteria.


You may apply directly to the program via the online application. To apply you will need to have the following information ready:

  • your Business Number, and if applicable, your Companies Office Registry Number, your Workers Compensation Board and Retail Sales Tax account numbers;
  • the applicant and one other partner's SIN number if the business is operated by a sole proprietor or partnership;
  • the Registered Charity number issued by the Government of Canada if you are applying as a registered charity;
  • the business bank account information and a void cheque/direct deposit form.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact Manitoba Government Inquiry for assistance:

For General Inquiries

Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca


Eligible applicants will receive a payment in the form of a grant in the amount 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.


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 of $5,000. (One grant per business entity or organization.)


The Manitoba Bridge Grant is taxable income.


You will receive a 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.


By applying for the Manitoba Bridge Grant, and accepting the deposited funds, you agree to the following:

The Manitoba Government is authorized to collect personal information by section 36(1)(b) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act(FIPPA). The information will be used to:

  • process this application for the Manitoba Bridge Grant Program financial support;
  • determine and verify eligibility for financial support;
  • for research, planning and reporting purposes; and
  • to administer and evaluate the Program with other provincial departments.

You also consent to and authorize the disclosure and release by any person, individual, corporation, organization, or by any government or government agency (including but not restricted to any federal or provincial government department or crown corporation), of any information or documents (including, but not limited to, any personal information as defined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Income Act [Canada] or The Income Tax Act [Manitoba] or The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act requested by the Province of Manitoba for any purpose respecting the administration of the Manitoba Bridge Grant Program for the benefit by the Manitoba Department of Finance or its successors.

You consent to the Manitoba Minister of Finance or his/her designate(s) to release to government or government agency (federal, provincial/territorial or municipal government department or crown corporation), any information or documents (including, but not limited to, any personal information as defined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or the Income Tax Act [Canada] or The Income Tax Act [Manitoba] or The Tax Administration And Miscellaneous Taxes Act for any purpose respecting the administration of the Manitoba Bridge Grant Program.

You further consent to authorize Canada Revenue Agency to provide the Manitoba Government Department of Finance with any information from any Income Tax Returns of the applicant corporation or other relevant documents that Canada Revenue Agency possesses. The information so provided will be used to verify the content of this application and will not be used or communicated for any other purpose.


If your online application was not successfully submitted, verify that the information you submitted in the online form matches your official business documentation name, address and Business Number.

Ensure that all required fields are completed and that you have completed the declaration and consent sections.

If further assistance is required, please contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).