Protecting Manitobans

Sector Support Program

Program Description

The Sector Support Program is a $22 million program that provides assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health order restrictions released on December 17, 2021 and are in effect from December 21, 2021 to January 31, 2022.  The assistance is income for income tax purposes.

Businesses who donate surplus food to a charity that feeds the homeless or other Manitobans in need can deduct the cost of the food for income tax purposes.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible recipients include:

  • Food service facilities that rely primarily on dine-in services, including those in hotels
  • Movie theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Museums and galleries
  • Recreation and sport facilities and centres, including gyms

Available Assistance

Total assistance is based on the number of workers employed for the last pay period that preceded the December 21, 2021 public health orders:

  • $3,000 for businesses with up to 9 employees
  • $6,000 for businesses with 10 to 19 employees
  • $9,000 for businesses with 20 to 49 employees
  • $12,000 for businesses with 50 or more employees

One worker includes either a full-time or part-time employee.

How to Apply

Online application:

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

The amount of funding will depend on the number of employees the eligible business had on its last payroll before the Dec. 21 public health order took effect.

  • $3,000 for businesses with up to 9 employees
  • $6,000 for businesses with 10 to 19 employees
  • $9,000 for businesses with 20 to 49 employees
  • $12,000 for businesses with 50 or more employees

The program is not capped in terms of funding availability. If 1,800 businesses are eligible for the full $12,000 that will total $21.6 million.  If more businesses apply they will qualify for the assistance.

Government has set aside $1.18 billion in the budget for health care and other COVID-19 related costs, including business assistance.

Restaurants and bars that primarily provide dine-in food services including hotel and other venues, fitness and recreational facilities and centres including gyms, movie theatres, concert halls, and museums.  Primarily means that more than 50% of the food service delivery’s income is from dine-in customers.

The online assessment tool will be available by the end of the holiday period, considering businesses will be focused on service delivery during this busy time of year.

The online assessment tool will be available until January 31, 2022.

The program provides some needed relief for businesses that incurred costs in preparation for bookings at their busiest time of year. Places of worship were not affected in the same manner and are not eligible under the program.

Businesses with surplus food are encouraged to contact Harvest Manitoba who can connect them with organizations that help feed the homeless and other families that may otherwise not receive a special meal during this holiday season.

The Manitoba government will re-examine the situation at that time.

The Manitoba government has provided over $650 million to more than 38,000 businesses and organizations, in both financial assistance and tax relief since March 2020.

Yes.  Sector Support is a stand alone program that is not impacted by other supports, federal or provincial, you may be receiving now or in the past.

You can use a revenue test: more than 50% of your revenue from food services is dine-in or take-out/delivery.

All employees in the food service are eligible to be included in the employee count that determines the level of Sector Support you will receive.

No. You automatically qualify for the $3000 assistance for up to 9 employees. Without a payroll, Finance has no way of establishing employee numbers if an applicant is audited.

Each employee counts as one-employee regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time.

If you can show, if audited, that your average payroll in 2021 was higher than your last payroll before December 31, we will accept that count.

All persons involved in the food service portion of your business - including managers, hosts and drivers - should be included in the employee count.

Yes. Under federal income tax rules government assistance is taxable income.

While Sector Support is taxable income, if the employer is tax exempt then you do not pay income tax on government assistance.

Any decisions respecting business assistance have been made within the context of public health order restrictions. The Government is committed to being flexible and will announce any changes to business supports if the PHOs change.

The program is intended to compensate those entities that are likely to have incurred additional costs leading up to the holiday period that will now be out of pocket and could lead to waste because of PHOs for that period. Entities impacted by PHOs for that period in terms of capacity but were unlikely to incur additional costs that could result in waste are not eligible for Sector Support.


Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)