Q&A, Resources, and Videos from MNPHA Webinars
Public Health Resources: Who to Call and Where to Find Up-to-Date Information
Non-Critical Business Closures: Housing Providers are Exempt
Cleaning and Disinfectants, and Suppliers
The Health Canada website has information on hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers
Government of Canada guidance on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces
We have researched suppliers of various high-demand products related to COVID-19. Not all suppliers have products in stock at all times, so you may need to call.
• Disinfectant and cleaning supplies: HD Supply; Complete Purchasing; Wood Wyant; Swish; ZEP; Jani-King; Share Canada; HD Supply; Eco-Plus Sanitation; Miracle Sanitation Supply; Busy Bee Sanitary Supplies; Progressive Sanitation (Brandon)
• Face shields and Protective Goggles: Scientific Supplies Centre
• Wipes: Staples Business Advantage(eway, under Janitorial Supplies)
- Other Supplies: Corporate Source makes partitions for counters/offices; Tormax Canada sells touchless door entry solutions
Support Services to Seniors Programs focused on providing congregate meals should be discontinued. Alternative ways to deliver meals to vulnerable seniors must be put into place. Each program is encouraged to work with their local Regional Health Authority on potential alternatives. Read the Shared Health Support Services to Seniors information here
Testing and Who to Call
Posters and Fact Sheets
Government of Canada fact sheets
Signage for Staff and Tenants
- Know the facts poster (multiple languages available)
- Hand Hygiene Poster (MB Shared Health, multiple languages available)
- Cough etiquette (MB Shared Health, multiple languages available)
- STOP 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (BC)
- Sign for Visitors (for front door)
- Do not Enter Door Sign (For travelers, people with symptoms, English)
- Do not Enter Door Sign (For travelers, people with symptoms,French)
- Social Distancing Infographic (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Know the Difference: self-monitoring, self-isolation, isolation (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- How to self-isolate (BC Centre for Disease Control)
- Safer Drug Use During COVID-19 (Harm reduction coalition)
- Organizational Risk Planning (Marsh Insurance)
- BC Housing developed a COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Housing & Service Providers
- Provincial PPE Guidelines (Shared Health)
- Provincial PPE Guidelines for In Home Care (Shared Health)
- Sample Policy for Common Area Closures (SAM Management)
Annual General Meetings for Non-Profit Corporations and Cooperatives
- AGM Options for Housing Providers during COVID-19 (MNPHA)
- CHF Canada – Manitoba Resource Page for cooperatives
ONPHA has published similar resources on Pandemic Planning.
Resources for Employers
- Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
- Discrimination based on COVID-19: A Guideline (The Manitoba Human Rights Commission): the guideline helps employers and employees understand The Code and what constitutes discrimination based on COVID-19. It also recognizes the importance of balancing an individual’s right to be free from discrimination, with public health and safety, including the need to address the risks associated with COVID-19.
People Corporation Wellness has developed resources for employers:
- A simple, easy to read poster for tenants or staff (COVID-19, What you Need to Know)
- A preparation guide for employers
- COVID-19 Resource Page for members of MNPHA’s Group Benefits plan, including simplified disability claims, and employee assistance program information
Residential Tenancies Branch Information
Manitoba to Postpone Eviction Hearings and Freeze Rent Increases:
- Media Release
- Q & A Documents for Tenants and Landlords are on the RTB Website
- Bill 58 amends The Residential Tenancies Act. It is in place until repealed.
- Rent is frozen at the amount payable immediately before April 1, 2020
- Evictions are limited to specific circumstances that infringe, interfere with or adversely affect the security, safety, health or well-being of other tenants, such as engaging in unlawful activity. This amendment is effective as of March 24, 2020
- Late fees for failure to pay rent are prohibited.
From our communications with RTB, this means:
- – All currently scheduled eviction hearings are postponed. Hearings will resume after the Emergency Measures Order is lifted, June 30.
- – Any breach in a mediated agreement that would lead to an automatic eviction without a hearing will NOT be granted OP (order of possession) papers until after the pandemic
- – No mediated agreements that might result in an eviction (e.g. having to pay rent on time or having to stick to a payment plan) will be scheduled
- – Mediated agreements that do not involve a potential eviction (such as mediated move outs) will continue to be conducted
- – For tenants who have given notice to move but choose not to move, no eviction hearings will be conducted during this period
- – For tenants whose landlords were granted OPs from hearings prior to today, the RTB no longer has jurisdiction and it’s up to the Sheriff’s office to enforce the OP
- – Any rent increases set for April 1 must be cancelled immediately or rebated. Housing providers can still document rent increases and register/notify tenants of changes as usual, but give tenants notice that they are postponed/increases will not occur until the freeze is lifted.
Rent Increase Information for Non-Profits Exempt from RTB Guidelines
No housing provider is exempt from the rent increase freeze announcement, whether or not they are regulated by the Residential Tenancies Act.
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada has advised co-ops to follow the spirit of the announcement and not increase housing charges or terminate any memberships at this time.
For organizations with an agreement with Manitoba Housing, Manitoba Housing will delay anticipated changes in program income limits and utility rates for the social and affordable housing programs and continue using the rates from 2019. Fixed shelter (EIA, affordable, market and rent supplements) rates will remain unchanged until further notice. Contact your Portfolio Manager if you have any questions.
CMHC Information for Housing Providers
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has sent communications stating that: “we expect any housing provider who has received financing or support from CMHC, directly or via provinces and territories, to act compassionately and refrain from eviction.”
If you are a housing provider or co-op who is receiving financing or support from CMHC:
- CMHC will work with each of you individually to be able to find the best solution. They have a series of tools and relief measures for housing providers including deferral of loan payment, capitalization, special payment arrangements, advancing flexibilities, and any combination of tools.
- CMHC will ensure that eligible housing providers who have opted-in the Phase 2 of the Federal Community Housing Initiative, and who have federally administered operating agreements expiring in the coming months, continue to receive their current level of financial assistance so that there is no disruption in assistance to households. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks. Any questions in the interim can be directed to: [email protected].
- On a case-by-case basis, CMHC will consider flexibility for subsidy suspensions for new accounts as a result of a breach in their agreements.
Read CMHC Questions and Answers on their programs and services
Federal Government Resources
The government of Canada’s Economic Response Plan is available here. There is a range of programs available. We have provided details about those more relevant for non-profit housing providers and their staff.
- The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deduction required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Apply through your payroll remittance.
- The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) supports employers that are hardest hit by the pandemic, and protect the jobs Canadians depend on. The subsidy covers 75% of an employee’s wages – up to $847 per week – for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May.
- The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. Up to 25% of the loan is non-repayable. Apply through your financial institution.
- The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. It is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:
- – live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
- – stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits
- – have not voluntarily quit their job
- – had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application.
Resources for Tenants
- Income Supports for Manitobans (EI, EIA, Emergency Care and Emergency Support, Child Tax, MB Hydro, Student Loans; Compiled by Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba)
- Community Resources Available During COVID-19 Pandemic (Compiled by West Central Women’s Resource Centre)
- COVID-19 Resources for Older People in Manitoba (Compiled by the University of Manitoba Centre on Aging)
- Help Next Door MB – Matching Services for Volunteers and Manitobans who need help
- Seniors Resource Finder – Information and Referral Hub (Winnipeg Reginal Health Authority)
- Guide to Benefit Info in plain language (Compiled by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University, using public information)
- Crisis support line (Klinic)