Public Health Resources: Who to Call and Where to Find Up-to-Date Information
Non-Critical Business Closures: Housing Providers are Exempt
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
- – have traveled outside Manitoba in the past 14 days
- – had close contact with a confirmed case
- – are health care workers
- – are lab workers who have worked with COVID-19 tests
- – live/work in a remote or isolated community or congregate setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long- term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp
Posters and 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
- Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Resources for Employers
- Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
- 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:
From our communications with RTB, this means:
- – All currently scheduled eviction hearings are postponed
- – 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
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