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Manitoba Government Press Release–The Manitoba government has opened its online intake for the Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant so charities and non-profit organizations can apply to receive additional financial assistance, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Our government recognizes the important work charities and non-profit organizations do to build healthier and stronger communities right across the province, as well as the opportunity they have to help stimulate job creation for thousands of students,” said Pallister. “As we continue to ease restrictions and restore our services, charities and non-profits can play a vital role in our province’s pandemic recovery efforts, while providing valuable work experience for Manitoba students.”

The new Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant is now available to eligible charities and non-profit organizations that apply for the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. The grant will provide an additional $6,000 to approved applicants that hire at least one full-time equivalent student under the jobs program for at least eight weeks, with $3,000 paid upfront and the remainder paid out at the end of summer employment.

Organizations are also eligible for up to $25,000 in support to hire up to five summer students aged 15 to 29 under the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Program, which is a critical part of the provincial pandemic response, the premier noted. The program provides private and not-for-profit, charitable sector employers a $7 per hour wage subsidy for each student hired, to a maximum of $5,000. In addition to working in traditional summer roles, students can help organizations and businesses adapt their workplaces and public spaces to the public health requirements of COVID-19 this year.

“Students can provide valuable assistance to non-profit and charitable organizations across Manitoba, and in turn receive critical work experience to build their careers and help to finance their educational pursuits,” said Pallister. “Through the combination of the new Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant and the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, eligible organizations can access up to $31,000 in provincial government supports this summer.”

The province has created a single access portal to streamline the application process for both the Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Program. Charities or non-profit organizations that have already applied for the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program do not need to reapply and provincial staff will reach out to those organizations to confirm interest in the grant.

The application form and list of eligibility criteria is available online at:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/summerstudentjobprogram.html.

Those who require assistance to complete the online form can contact the Manitoba Economic Support Centre (toll-free) at 1-888-805-7554.

Since the province launched the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Program April 24, more than 1,300 employers have applied for nearly $15 million in supports for nearly 3,000 student positions.

Pallister noted charities, non-profits and other employers with positions available for students can also connect with more than 5,800 students through the recently launched Student Jobs MB online tool. Students and employers can use the easy online matching tool at https://studentjobsmb.ca. More than 360 employers have already posted approximately 700 jobs and are finding qualified applicants daily.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.