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Manitoba Government Press Release–Families Minister Heather Stefanson said today that the province has implemented a number of measures to support and protect vulnerable Manitobans in response to COVID-19.

Manitoba will continue to extend supports to children aging out of care and to young adults who sign voluntary agreements to support their transition to greater independence. As noted in a media bulletin issued Sept. 10, an order under the Emergency Measures Act is in place until March 23, 2021, ensuring young people turning 18 or young adults turning 21 can continue to receive financial assistance and other supports. This helps provide ongoing stability for youth who may experience additional challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help ensure the health and wellness of Manitobans, the province recently announced plans to distribute reusable masks to clients of Manitoba Families including households that receive EIA benefits. The province is also distributing reusable masks to child-care workers. In total, more than 227,000 reusable masks will be distributed, beginning in Winnipeg.