- Today, Manitoba Premier Jon Reyes announced the launch of a new $1.92 million programme to help transportation companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jon Reyes, Economic Development and Jobs Minister, announced today that the Manitoba government is launching a new $1.92 million program to assist bus and air charter transportation companies that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and public health restrictions.
“The COVID-19 travel restrictions have had a significant impact on many Manitoba-based charter transportation service companies, including restrictions on travel, school and amateur sports, seniors’ clubs, and school tours,” said Reyes.
“Through the Manitoba Charter Transport Recovery Program, businesses will be able to apply for funding to help offset some of the costs they’ve incurred over the last 20 months.”
Each charter/tour bus and the charter air-service operator will be able to apply for funding to cover the costs of maintaining, restarting, or ramping up operations that were temporarily halted or drastically reduced due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This program can only be used to claim costs that are not covered by other relief programs.
“The pandemic has posed numerous challenges to Manitoba’s aviation industry over the past 20 months,” said Joe Vodopivec, president of the Manitoba Aviation Council. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the province on these challenges, and we look forward to doing so again soon.”
“We appreciate the Manitoba government’s partnership in addressing some of the challenges faced by Manitoba bus operators as a result of the pandemic,” said John Fehr, general manager of Beaver Bus Lines. “We’re looking forward to Manitobans traveling more and serving them again.”
Charter bus companies offer urban and rural services and contracted school and employee transportation. Air charter operators serve as remote communities, tourism, and business travel.
According to the minister, additional details on the new program will be released in the coming days, and applications will begin to be accepted later in December.
The new program builds on other business-supporting investments made by the Manitoba government, such as the Manitoba Bridge Grant program, which has provided more than $295 million in funding to private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, seasonal businesses, and registered charities across the province that public health restrictions have impacted.
Furthermore, there have been programs like:
Hospitality Relief: $8 million;
Dine in Restaurant Relief: $9 million;
Digital Manitoba Initiative: $15 million;
Retrain Manitoba: $12.5 million.
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