Coronavirus: New emergency measure orders aim to support Manitoba’s vulnerable, supply chain

The Manitoba government is implementing four new temporary orders under The Emergency Measures Act which will support the economy and protect the flow of goods and supplies during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the province.

“We are suspending certain statutory requirements and extending deadlines with the well-being of Manitobans in mind,” Premier Brian Pallister said in a news release.

“Our government is listening and acting on the concerns brought forward by our partners in various areas.”

The first order applies to Child and Family Services (CFS) and ensures youth who age out of the system will continue to receive support during the emergency period.

The Student Aid Provisions Order means borrowers can’t go into default and suspends the obligation for repayments to begin within eight months after the end of their studies.

The minimum monthly payment has also been reduced from $25 to $0, while the maximum term for repayment has been extended.

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Post-secondary students will also remain eligible for aid, even if they stop qualifying during the emergency period.

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