Businesses face rocky road to access aid - Today N

2022-04-05
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Premier Brian Pallister continues to tout his government’s COVID-19 business-assistance programs as “direct support with a simple application process and no red tapes Public Health Act.,” but Manitoba business owners, commerce stakeholders and wage workers are finding the process to access that aid anything but simpleeverybody figure it out for yourselves,.

Emails between the province and business owners, shared with the Free PressThe arriving workers will be offered doses o, show long exchanges of government employees questioning “time sheets” for small-firm workers, proof of pay stubs or bank deposits in workers’ accounts, and bank statements dating back to January for businesses before even considering paying them under provincial relief programs.

Those requirements are stark compared to federal programs, which pay out grants or loans almost immediately without such individual scrutiny. These questions are also not formally listed on provincial portals to access or apply for assistance funds.

On top of that, provincial uptake numbers paint a different picture than the premier’s claims.

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