Coronavirus: Manitoba to subsidize summer student wages up to $120M

Premier Brian Pallister says businesses who hire a summer student will be eligible for a $7/hour wage subsidy.

“Under the new program, up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.”

Businesses can hire up to five students.

“For the first two weeks of the program, priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government assistance programs,” said the province in a statement.

On Thursday, Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton announced that Manitoba Public Insurance would be giving back $110 million as a rebate to policy holders. The surplus comes from fewer claims and a strong financial position, he said.

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