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Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation's Hay Disaster Benefit activated for 2019 Government of Manitoba media release, January 10, 2020

Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) is notifying producers the Hay Disaster Benefit (HDB) has been activated and associated payments will begin shortly. The estimated payout for 2019 is in excess of $5 million on approximately 1,500 claims, announced Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “We recognize it has been a difficult harvest for many farmers in Manitoba,” said Bibeau. “The Hay Disaster Benefit is one of the ways our government is supporting farmers to protect their businesses against weather-related risks, such as this forage shortfall." “The Hay Disaster Benefit (HDB) is a complimentary feature of the AgriInsurance program that compensates insured forage producers for the increased cost of hay and transportation when there is a severe provincial forage shortfall,” said Pedersen. “All producers who are enrolled in the Select Hay Insurance and Basic Hay Insurance programs are automatically enrolled in the HDB.”

The HDB was first introduced in 2014 as part of a revamped forage insurance offering. Payments were made to producers for the first time in 2018. All insured hay types (alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixtures, grasses, sweet clover and coarse hay) are eligible. To trigger an HDB payment, at least 20 per cent of producers with Select Hay or Basic Hay Insurance must harvest less than 50 per cent of their long-term average hay yield. For 2019, producers will receive an additional $40 for each tonne below their Select Hay or Basic Hay Insurance coverage. There is no cost to producers for this benefit. Premiums are cost shared 60 per cent by the Government of Canada and 40 per cent by the Province of Manitoba under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. For more information on forage insurance in Manitoba, contact a MASC office or visit www.masc.mb.ca/masc.nsf/ program_forages.html. The deadline to sign-up for 2020 forage insurance is March 31.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry On-farm research can best answer producer questions Following the farming dream FCC Economists Identify Three Disruptors To Watch In 2020 McDonald's to expand its Beyond Meat burger experiment to more restaurants in Southwestern Ontario Extreme Weather Patterns Causing State of Agricultural Emergency in Canada Open cow rates sky high How healthy are mid-sized farms? Retracing the steps of a misunderstood predator: A biologist's search for a wayward wolf


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Cleanfarms to Research Options to Manage Agricultural Plastic Waste in First-of-its-Kind National On-Farm Study A first-of-its-kind national scale research project that will provide critical information to help agricultural plastic producers and Canadian farmers boost their ability to recycle agricultural plastic waste is starting. The two-part research project will be led by Canadian agricultural waste expert, Cleanfarms. It is a national, non-profit, industry stewardship organization established in 2010 to help Canadian farmers recycle or properly dispose of waste agricultural plastic and other waste materials that have to be managed on farms at end of life. Cleanfarms will first quantify the types and volumes of on-farm plastic wastes and then identify facilities that can manage or recycle these waste streams, in order to create a more circular economy for agricultural plastics. “Farmers are looking for options to manage the plastics they use on the farm in environmentally sustainable ways,” says Cleanfarms General Manager Barry Friesen. “The work we’ll be doing will help advance our understanding of what is out there, drive on-the-ground solutions to help manage these plastics, increase recycling rates, and improve our ability to incorporate higher levels of recycled content in plastics products.” By combining industry research, on-farm visits and interviews with farm operation experts and potential plastics endmarket buyers, this project will provide accurate and updated data, which is key to improving end-of-life management of agricultural plastics, and increasing the quantities of agricultural plastics that are ultimately recycled and brought back into the economy. Additional details about this project will be available online at www.cleanfarms.ca throughout January 2020. One of Cleanfarms’ first priorities will be recruiting farmers to participate in on-farm visits. These visits will help researchers develop a better understanding of usage patterns that impact how well plastics are recycled at end of life. This project will support the Canadian comprehensive federal agenda to address plastic waste and pollution and increase our knowledge and evidence base about plastic waste. It will encourage innovative action along the lifecycle of agriculture plastics in order to support Canada’s goal of zero plastic waste. This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada. For more information Kim Timmer timmerk@cleanfarms.ca 877-622-4460 ext. 2229 About Cleanfarms Cleanfarms, Canada's leading agricultural stewardship organization, is best known for its recycling program for empty, commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers and for its unwanted pesticides and animal health medications collection program, both of which are available across the country. Cleanfarms also operates Saskatchewan’s regulated grain bag recycling program. Learn more at www.cleanfarms.ca.


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YOUNG PRODUCERS LEARN ABOUT ENTERING AND GROWING BEEF OPERATIONS

Manitoba Beef Producers held its first ever youth retreat January 13-14 near Brandon.

Close to 40 producers between the ages of 18 and 39 turned out for the event.

Melissa Atchison, event organizer and an incoming director (District 6) with the organization, remarked:

Topics discussed included tax and financial issues, land acquisition, as well as managing the business & human resources side of the operation.

"It's nice to have an event targeted to young producers, just because they sometimes have some unique individual needs," she said. "When we talked about what those needs are the first thing that came to the forefront of our minds was inter-generational transfer. It's such an uncomfortable conversation to have for a lot of families. We find that beef producers have a lot of options to them in terms of events where there's lots of production focus talks but this was a great one to have on a business focus."

Atchison says they hope to hold the event again next year. The retreat was held at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) farm north of Brandon. Courtesy of PembinaValleyOnline.com


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PROVINCE CREATES NEW PROTEIN CONSORTIUM TO FURTHER MANITOBA’S PROTEIN ADVANTAGE STRATEGY Government of Manitoba News Release, January 21, 2020

The Manitoba government has created a new committee, the Manitoba Protein Consortium, to provide leadership on projects of strategic importance and encourage stakeholders to continue actions to implement the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced here today. “We committed to working with industry, academia and government to create value and jobs from growing and processing animal and plant protein,” said Pedersen. “The consortium brings together members of the plant and animal protein value chains – from producer to processor to retailer, academia and innovator – to provide leadership for a path to position Manitoba as first in class in sustainable protein industry development.” The Manitoba Protein Consortium will have a focus on three main activities: • providing advice to the minister, industry, academia and other stakeholders on implementing the Manitoba Protein Advantage; • engaging with stakeholders to define sustainability and create metrics to quantify Manitoba’s sustainability advantage; and • ensuring that stakeholders are accountable for specific actions under the Manitoba Protein Advantage. The Manitoba Protein Consortium supports Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan, which identifies priority areas including the development of targeted sector strategies as a way to foster competitiveness, facilitate growth, identify investment opportunities and address economic barriers in the province. For more information on the Manitoba Protein Advantage, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/protein/index.html.

BACKGROUNDER: MANITOBA PROTEIN CONSORTIUM Kristine Tapley (Woodside) is a regional agrologist for Ducks Unlimited Canada as well as the owner and operator of Old Shore Cattle Company. She has a bachelor of science and a master of science with a focus in animal sciences from the University of Manitoba. Tapley serves as a committee member to Holistic Management Canada. Dickson Gould (Niverville) is the president of the Progressive Group of Companies Inc., offering business management services and livestock production expertise. He has a degree in agriculture economics and a professional agrologist designation. Gould has served as an executive council member to Maple Leaf Foods. Sav Bellissimo (Saskatoon) is the store brands manager for Federated Co-operatives Ltd. He has experience as the director of sourcing and procurement for Loblaw Companies and holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Guelph. Continued on page 7


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Government of Manitoba News Release, January 21, 2020

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development advises that ongoing technological, agronomic and genetic advances have resulted in an upward trend in yields for many crops grown in the province. To help reflect these changes, yield trending will be introduced in Manitoba’s AgriInsurance program for the 2020 growing season.

• Forages used for extended-season grazing are now eligible for wildlife damage compensation. This includes crops used for in-field bale and swath grazing, as well as standing annual crops intended for grazing (e.g. corn).

A positive trend has been identified in eight crops including red spring wheat, canola, soybeans, grain corn, oats, white pea beans, irrigated processing potatoes and hemp grain. Probable yields, used to determine insurance coverage, will increase for these crops as a result of implementing yield trending.

• Producers will receive 45 per cent of the value of the loss caused by big game and waterfowl during the extended grazing period.

With regular updating, as well as the implementation of yield trending, total insurance coverage will increase to almost $3 billion in 2020 with producers paying premiums similar to 2019. Additional program changes for the 2020 growing season include: • MASC will offer the contract price option (CPO) on canola, including specialty oil canola, and field peas. Manitoba producers have been requesting greater coverage for higher value crops for several years. This option will allow producers to blend the price from their contracted production with the base AgriInsurance dollar value (weighted by production) to better reflect expected market prices. • Fall rye will be introduced as an eligible crop for organic insurance. • Producers will now be eligible for a reseed benefit on annual novel crops based on 25 per cent of the per acre dollar coverage selected for their novel crops. If the annual novel crop fails to establish by June 20, a reseed benefit will be available on those acres. Producers may select from three different coverage levels: $150, $200 or $250 per acre.

• Strawberries are now an eligible crop under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. Compensation will be available for plant loss, as well as production loss. Manitoba has the highest level of AgriInsurance participation in Canada with over 90 per cent of annual crop acres enrolled and more than 8,000 farms are registered in the program. The total governments’ share of AgriInsurance premium for 2020-21 is expected to be $125.01 million. AgriInsurance is provided for over 70 different annual crops and forages during establishment and production, as well as for the inability to seed land in the spring due to wet conditions. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInsurance premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Manitoba government. Administrative expenses are paid 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Manitoba. AgriInsurance is a risk management program administered by MASC. For more information about it and other programs, visit a MASC office or www.masc.mb.ca.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Beef industry’s challenges require co-ordinated effort Dr. Oz asks “Where’s the Beef?” on the Today Show Buyer Beware: Protect yourself when buying farm equipment Starbucks explores faux meat for breakfast, sending Beyond Meat higher Making the cut: Team Canada prepares to compete in 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge Stolen New Zealand therapy goat reunited with best friend, a depressed cow Halifax food lab survey serves up picture of keto diet in Canada

Now in its 16th year Discover Agriculture in the City (DAITC) is an urban awareness event held at The Forks that attracts a significant audience in person and online. Industry stakeholders, including Manitoba Beef Producers, the federal government (Agriculture and Agri Food Canada), as well as The Forks Market and Province of Manitoba as supporting participants, gather together for a fun-filled and informative day to

show the general urban public the importance of agriculture, the value it has to our economy and the benefits it has in our daily lives. This year’s event takes places on Saturday, March 14 between 10am and 4pm inside The Forks Market (south aisle).


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PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW LEGACY FARM AWARD Government of Manitoba News Release, January 21, 2020

A new category has been added to the Manitoba Farm Family Recognition program, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced here today. “Agriculture has changed greatly over the past 150 years and it’s important that we recognize those families that have been involved in the industry for generations,” said Pedersen. “With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s exciting to think of where we may be 150 years from now, but it’s important that we don’t forget our past.” As part of Manitoba’s 150th birthday, the Legacy Farm Award has been created to celebrate farm families that have 150 consecutive years as a Manitoba Farm Family. The Century (100 years) and Heritage (125 years) Family Farm Awards will still be available. “Going back 150 years ago about 90 per cent of the population were farmers. These farms produced enough to feed their families, with limited surplus to trade or export,” said Pedersen. “Now about four per cent of our population are actively farming and agriculture production is a key economic driver in our province.” Since the first Century Farm was recognized in 1981, there have been more than 1,810 farms that have received the award. There have been an additional 97 farms that have received the Heritage Farm award since the first was recognized in 2010. To be eligible for the award, the land must have been held in continuous ownership by direct descendants of the original owner, with a minimum land area of at least 20.23 hectares (50 acres) over the life of the farm. More information on the Manitoba Family Farm Recognition program can be found at: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/farm-management/transition-planning/heritage-and-century-farms.html

Protein strategy (cont. from page 5) James Battershill (Winnipeg) is the founder of Juno Food Labs. He has experience as the general manager and policy analyst for the Keystone Agricultural Producers. Battershill has a bachelor of arts from the University of Manitoba. Emily Murray (Chicago) is the general manager of Cargill’s McDonald’s beef patty business. Cargill is the sole provider of beef patties to McDonald’s Canada. She leads the sustainable beef pilot with Cargill. Murray holds a master of business administration from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a bachelor of arts in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Tracey Maconachie (Winnipeg) is the president of the Life Science Association of Manitoba, a non-profit dedicated to growing Manitoba’s life science industry. She has served on the St. Boniface Hospital Research Enterprise Committee, the Manitoba government/Pharmaceutical Industry Liaison Committee and chaired the Business of Science Conference. Maconachie has been a board member of the Liquor and Lotteries Corporation since 2016. Dr. Emma McGeough (Winnipeg) is an assistant professor in agricultural and food sciences (animal sciences) at the University of Manitoba. Her research areas include forage-based beef and dairy production, enteric methane emissions from ruminants, life cycle assessment and carbon foot printing of livestock products. Neil Cunningham (Winnipeg) is the director of Climate and Clean Technology. Climate change and sustainability are key areas of the protein strategy and an important linkage to government’s relationship with the International Institute for Sustainable Development.


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Manitoba Ag Days 2020 Dixie Nolan and her parents were among the many visitors to the Manitoba Beef Producers' booth at Ag Days in Brandon January 21-23. The annual show is an exposition of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment that attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States.


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Over 200 producers, industry stakeholders, sponsors, trade show participants, speakers, and special guests converged on Brandon February 6-7 for the Manitoba Beef Producers 41st AGM and President's Banquet. Look for a full recap in the March 2020 issue of Cattle Country. Clockwise from top left: producers debate resolutions; Thomas and Felicity Hagan (The Environmental Stewardship Award winners); trade show guests; the 2020-2021 MBP Board of Directors, led by new President Dianne Riding from District 9 (seated, middle), along with MBP General Manager Carson Callum.


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PROVINCE LAUNCHING RESEARCH PROJECT TO REDUCE WILDLIFE PREDATION OF LIVESTOCK More than 2,000 Livestock Lost Annually Due to Predation: Pedersen February 7, 2020 - Government of Manitoba News Release

The Manitoba government is launching a three-year applied research project to identify and test ways to reduce economic loss from wildlife predation of cattle and sheep herds, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “Wildlife predation of commercial livestock is a significant problem for Manitoba producers, with more than 2,000 commercial animals lost each year,” said Pedersen. “This results in significant economic losses to producers, as well as higher costs to Manitobans through their share of compensation under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program funded by the federal and provincial governments.” The Manitoba government will provide a grant up to $300,000 over three years for the Livestock Predation Prevention Project, which will be developed and led by the Livestock Predation Protection Working Group. Members of the group include Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Sheep Association, Manitoba Goat Association, Manitoba Trappers Association, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “Manitoba Beef Producers has long advocated for strategies to reduce the risk of negative wildlife-livestock interaction and conflict, and we are pleased to see this important project moving forward,” said Dianne Riding, president, Manitoba Beef Producers.

“Predation-related challenges pose a significant concern for Manitoba’s livestock producers, who pride themselves on providing quality animal care and husbandry. This project will help improve the understanding of the risks, and work toward developing effective prevention and mitigation methods to reduce future losses.” The project’s key activities will be: • conducting on-farm predation risk assessments and planning in consultation with producers, • testing on-farm predation prevention and removal practices, and • sharing information with producers about management practices and research project results. Pedersen noted the research project will target the highest-known predation areas and emerging problem areas. Currently, the highest incidence of predation is in the northern Interlake and Parkland regions. The governments of Canada and Manitoba currently provide compensation to affected producers through the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, up to a maximum of $3,000 per animal. This program has paid producers an average of more than $1.8 million annually in compensation in recent years.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Manitoba to study livestock loss by predator animals, find ways to reduce risk $5M donation will help create new agricultural research centre at U of C 'Buy Canadian' food campaign could be marketing disaster Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods face a new ‘fake meat’ foe with long, controversial history Province Launching Review Of Forage Insurance Trade deals are not saving Canadian exporters from ‘death by a thousand regulations’ — abroad and at home

Now in its 16th year Discover Agriculture in the City (DAITC) is an urban awareness event held at The Forks that attracts a significant audience in person and online. Industry stakeholders, including Manitoba Beef Producers, the federal government (Agriculture and Agri Food Canada), as well as The Forks Market and Province of Manitoba as supporting participants, gather together for a fun-filled and informative day to show the general urban public the importance of agriculture, the value it has to our economy and the benefits it has in our daily lives. This year’s event takes places on Saturday, March 14 between 10am and 4pm inside The Forks Market (south aisle). Manitoba Beef Producers will be there - stop by and say hello!


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Livestock Producers Receive Tax Relief for 2019 New regions added under the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release, February 18, 2020

The Government of Canada today released the final list of designated regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2019 due to extreme weather conditions. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2020 will offset the deferred income, thereby reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.

Quotes “Extreme and unpredictable weather made 2019 a very difficult year for many livestock producers across Canada. It is a priority for our Government to help our farmers and ranchers get the resources and support they need to manage and rebuild their herds.” - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood

On July 22, 2019, the Government announced the initial list of prescribed regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec for livestock tax deferral purposes. Ongoing analysis of drought conditions and excess moisture has indicated the need to expand the list of designated regions for 2019, with new regions identified for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

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The criteria for identifying regions for livestock tax deferral is forage shortfalls of 50 percent or more caused by drought or excess moisture. Eligible regions are identified based on weather, climate, and production data, in consultation with industry and provinces (See attached Map for designated regions).

In addition to the livestock tax deferral provision, producers have access to assistance through existing Canadian Agricultural Partnership Business Risk Management programs, which include AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest.

Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to those producers located inside the designated prescribed areas. Producers in those regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2019 income tax returns.

Manitoba – 2019 Livestock Tax Deferral Municipalities – Consolidated Census Subdivisions Based on the 2016 Statistics Canada Census * Second designation

Low moisture levels resulted in significant forage shortages for livestock producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in 2019. One option for producers is to reduce their breeding herd in order to manage feed supplies.


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MANITOBA LAUNCHES FIRST STEP IN FORAGE INSURANCE REVIEW Government of Manitoba News Release February 20, 2020

Consultations with forage and livestock producers and organizations to review and shape Manitoba’s forage insurance programming are now available online, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced February 20, 2020. “Manitoba forage producers have had back-to-back challenging production years and only a small proportion of forage acres are insured when compared to annual crops,” Pedersen said. “To bridge that gap, we need to better understand the risks, challenges and effectiveness of the current program to help ensure it meets their needs over the longer term.” Producers have the opportunity to provide their thoughts on the current program and suggest changes that will support growth of Manitoba’s livestock sector through an online survey on https://engagemb.ca/. Contributions will help inform government on how the current forage insurance platform is being used, its limitations and what changes need to be considered. The review will include a number of in-person engagement sessions in March to build on the dialogue. The consultant for the review will work with producers and associations to identify priorities to be considered when developing or redesigning the forage insurance platform. To take part in the online survey, visit the Forage Insurance Review at https://engagemb.ca/forage-insurancereview or visit one of the public kiosks available at the following Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development locations and contact the office to schedule an appointment: • • • • • •

Vita – 108 Main St. N, 204-425-5050; Carberry – junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTH 5, north on PTH 5, 204-834-8815; Virden – 247 Wellington St. W, 204-748-4770; Swan River – 120 Sixth Ave. N, 204-734-3417; Roblin – 117 Second Ave. NW, 204-937-6460; and The Pas – 234 Third St. and Ross Avenue, 204-627-8255.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Crown Land Still Sore Point for Man. Producers KAP Surveys Rural Manitoba Connectivity Cattlemen's Young Leaders Program Open to Applications Canada's Largest Piece of Land is Up For Sale in Manitoba 'I thought I was going to die': Canadian farmers open up about struggles with mental health What does plant-based mean, anyway? More than half of us aren’t so sure Riding takes the reins at Manitoba Beef Producers Puberty Makes Teen Cows Moody, Too New Canadian standard developed to make BBQ grill brushes safer after ingested bristles cause injuries

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Manitoba Beef Producers Encourages Producers to Participate in Forage Insurance Review Manitoba Beef Producers Media Release March 6, 2020

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is strongly encouraging beef producers to participate in the Forage Insurance Review currently underway in the province. “Producers have often raised concerns about gaps or challenges with the current forage insurance offerings that limit their responsiveness and which discourage them from taking out policies,” said MBP President Dianne Riding. “Right now, we have been provided with a very important opportunity by the provincial government to provide feedback on what is or isn’t working, as well as what would be valuable in terms of program changes.” Producers can fill out the online consultation survey at https://engagemb.ca/forage-insurance-review until March 15. Alternatively, they can visit a public kiosk available at the following Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development locations to complete it. Contact these offices to schedule an appointment: • Vita – 108 Main St. North, 204-425-5050 • Carberry – junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTH 5, north on PTH 5, 204-834-8815 • Virden – 247 Wellington St. W, 204-748-4770 • Swan River – 120 Sixth Ave. N, 204-734-3417 • Roblin – 117 Second Ave. NW, 204-937-6460; and • The Pas – 234 Third St. and Ross Avenue, 204-627-8255.

As well, in-person producer consultation meetings will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. as follows: • March 18 – Centre Hylife Centre/La Broquerie Arena (2nd Floor) – 22 Arena Street, La Broquerie • March 19 – Arborg-Bifrost Community Centre – 409 Recreation Centre, Arborg • March 24 – Watson Art Centre (Auditorium) – 104 1st Avenue NW, Dauphin • March 25 – Canad Inns (Great Western Roadhouse) – 1125 18th Street South, Brandon For these meetings participants should preregister either by emailing their attendance to forageinsreview2020@masc.mb.ca or calling the Portage la Prairie office at 204-239-3275. “Forage production is subject to a variety of risks, including droughts and floods. It is very important that the business risk management tools can react to a variety of challenging production conditions,” added Riding. “By taking part in this review, we can help shape the suite of forage insurance offerings in Manitoba in a way to make them more responsive for beef and forage producers. All input is valuable.” @ManitobaBeef Manitoba Beef Producers


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Joint Statement from Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eillen Clarke and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler The construction of the Lake Manitoba / Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels is one of our government’s top priorities. We are committed to continuing a meaningful and respectful consultation process with Indigenous communities who will be affected by this important climate-change mitigation project. Building positive, respectful and inclusive partnerships with Indigenous people and communities is fundamental to enhancing and increasing Indigenous participation in Manitoba’s economy, and it is also critically important for advancing reconciliation through a principled approach. Manitoba has engaged with all 39 Indigenous communities and groups that are potentially impacted; we have 1,083 individual records of communication and have held 139 meetings with Indigenous communities and groups in regards to this project. The Manitoba government has already spent more than $650,000 on engagement and consultation. Currently, we are working with the federal government through a conformity review process regarding the Environmental Impact Statement.

Once the federal government approves the statement, the project will be advanced to the technical review stage and the next phase of consultation will begin. Manitoba is in the process of signing consultation agreements with communities for this next phase, and to date, has signed consultation agreements with Lake St. Martin First Nation and the following Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) communities: Dauphin River First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation and Kinonjeoshetoegon First Nation. Six more agreements are currently being finalized. This next phase will build upon our ongoing dialogue with communities and will follow the requirements laid out in both provincial and federal consultation processes. We are committed to getting this project built, and we are committed to doing so in a way that respects and meaningfully engages Indigenous communities in consultation. Government of Manitoba Media Release February 24, 2020


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Province Releases First 2020 Spring Thaw Outlook

Spring Weather Conditions will Determine Extent of High Water: Schuler *Future snow and spring rain will determine the 2020 spring run-off and potential high water situations along the Red River, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today as he released the province’s first Spring Thaw Outlook. “Our focus is currently on the Red River, where we are expecting a significant inflow of water from the northern United States, but with favourable weather conditions in Manitoba, we would expect high water levels similar to last spring,” said Schuler. “The Assiniboine River basin and other rivers are expected to remain mostly in bank, with possible over-bank high water covering agricultural land.” Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre is modelling the current conditions with possible future weather scenarios. With favourable conditions, forecasters would expect similar water levels to 2019. Last year, the Red River Floodway was put into service but Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 from Winnipeg south to Emerson remained open. Average weather conditions in spring 2020 would result in water levels similar to 2011 on the Red River, according to forecasters. In that year, PTH 75 was closed for 29 days. Unfavourable weather could lead to a run-off nearing 2009 levels. In 2009, PTH 75 was closed for 37 days. Schuler noted the province has invested approximately $65 million in flood mitigation measures through the Red River Valley over the past four years. Projects include:

• raising northbound lanes of PTH 75 south of Morris and improving drainage (construction underway);

• reconstructing the Plum River bridge in the northbound lanes of PTH 75 near St. Jean Baptiste;

• reconstructing the Marsh River bridge on PTH 23 east of Morris; and

• reconstructing the Little Morris River bridge on PR 422 near Rosenfeld.

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre plans to release a second Spring Thaw Outlook in late March. At that time, forecasters will have a more focused assessment of the Red River and will update the forecast based on the most current conditions at that time. The Red River in Manitoba is affected by flows from North Dakota and water from the Manitoba portion of the basin. The river widens as it moves north, naturally flattens and lowers its peak as it moves downstream. The first 2020 Spring Thaw Outlook report is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/pdf/2020/ february_2020_flood_outlook_report.pdf. Government of Manitoba News Release, February 27, 2020


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Cow herd continues long decline Study finds Enterococcus bacteria resistance in people not related to antibiotic use in cattle 5G could be a game changer for farmers Rising lease rates worry ranchers B.C. dairy farmer hosts Starbucks executives to talk sustainability

Three's Company

Former MBP District 2 director Dave Koslowsky welcomed his farm's first ever set of triplets on February 23. The trio were born unassisted with an average weight of 67 lbs. All of the calves are doing well and join four sets of twins so far - at the farm south east of Killarney. Dave reports they are almost half done calving. Photo credit: Dave Koslowsky

Spring forward Manitoba Municipal Relations advises that daylight saving time returns to Manitoba early in the morning of Sunday, March 8, when clocks across the province will be advanced by one hour. Under The Official Time Act, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November. The official time change to daylight saving time occurs at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 8 at which time clocks should be set ahead to 3 a.m.


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Beef Steps Up: National Consumer Campaigns aim to put the Spotlight on Beef CALGARY - March 5, 2020 - In the wake of increased competition in the meat protein category, Canada beef is stepping up to ensure Canadians understand the importance of beef in a well-balanced diet. Canada Beef has launched two complementary consumer campaigns that aim to counter some of the negative narratives about beef with a renewed emphasis on the positives of this nourishing and sustainable Canadian food classic. The two campaigns, called The One & Only Beef, and My Canadian Beef Story, have been designed to dispel some of the misperceptions about beef. The campaigns also celebrate that beef belongs in a healthy diet as a single ingredient, sustainably raised, foundational food. “There are so many compelling reasons to choose beef and support Canadian beef farmers and ranchers. We want a chance to tell our story and allow consumers to make a choice for themselves,” says Ron Glaser, Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Canada Beef. “As part of the campaign, consumers will hear stories from authentic voices across Canada, including beef producers, dietitians, chefs and sustainability partners.” Dubbed ‘Project Crave’, The One & Only Beef campaign operates under the ThinkBeef.ca marketing platform with a sense and sensibility approach. It does not engage in data and stats or far-reaching claims, but rather focuses on the culinary crave qualities that beef effortlessly delivers. Meanwhile, My Canadian Beef Story enlists beef farmers, cooks and dietitians to share their stories, focusing on nutrition, practical family meals, the pride of raising beef and the importance of beef farming and ranching to Canadians. Both campaigns serve to remind consumers that beef plays an important role at our tables and in our communities. Additionally, they highlight the tireless work of Canadian beef producers who implement the best farming practices to raise our food responsibly. “It’s time to peel back the curtain and show people how Canadian beef is raised and how it can contribute to a sustainable food system,” says registered dietitian Erin MacGregor R.D. P.H.Ec. from How to Eat. “There’s a lot of misinformation about beef and agriculture in general. It’s important for people to hear some of the untold stories about the value of beef.” “Canadian beef is an important component of our economy and rural communities” says Jill Harvie, a beef rancher from Alberta. “I think that it's hard for people to conceptualize how much work goes into raising cattle and how many facets are tied to it. In the rural landscape, cattle ranching is the backbone of so many small communities. Without it, you really wouldn't have the grocery store, the church or the clothing retailer. Beef plays an important role in the livelihood of rural communities.” Fourth generation cattle rancher and registered dietitian Paige Hayes also weighs in on the topic. “As one of nature’s most nutrient dense protein foods, beef’s nutritional benefits are unique. It contains high quality protein in an appropriate portion size, and it’s also one of our best sources of iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. Beef is a protein powerhouse.” Cont. on next page


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Hayes cites that beef provides a number of essential nutrients for a modest portion size and calorie contribution: • Compared to chicken, beef has 200% more iron, 600% more vitamin B12 and 700% more zinc.[1] • One serving of beef (100 g at 245 calories) has the same amount of protein (35 g) as ¾ cup of almonds (at 960 calories).[1] • And on average, Canadians get only 5% of their total calories from red meat [2], while 50% comes from ultra-processed foods.[3] To learn more, visit www.canadabeef.ca/ MyCanadianBeef or www.ThinkBeef.ca/Real to find nutritional information, recipe ideas and facts about raising Canadian beef from producers, dieticians and cooks. About Canada Beef: Canada Beef is the cattle producer-funded and run organization responsible for domestic and international beef and veal market development. It has 28 staff in offices in Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan and Mexico. Canada Beef works to enable and sustain loyalty to the Canadian beef brand and build strong relationships with trade customers and partners around the world. These efforts increase demand for Canadian beef and the value producers receive for their cattle. -30For more information, please contact: Paula Worthington paula@worthingtonpr.com (403) 585-2429 [1] Health Canada, Canadian Nutrient File, 2015. Food codes: Chicken 842, Almonds 2534, Beef 6172. [2] Canadian Community Health Surveys (Nutrition) 2015, Statistics Canada [3] Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, http://www.heartandstroke.ca/-/media/pdf-files/canada/ media-centre/hs-report-upp-moubaracdec-5-2017.ashxla=en&hash=9FB9794C42D6B6BA93 AB91335E2B6A612656C586


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The Province of Manitoba is consulting with affected stakeholders on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in Manitoba. The Federal government is mandating the use of ELDs for all federally regulated commercial vehicle operators starting in June 2021. Federally regulated carriers typically cross provincial borders. Manitoba adopts the federal regulation for all provincially regulated carriers (intra-provincial), with an exemption for limited use vehicles under 6800 kilograms, farm vehicles, and several others. The province must decide how best to respond to the federal regulatory changes. In particular, how should Manitoba apply the federal regulation to carriers who operate only within Manitoba’s borders? The Manitoba regulation must be updated to reflect the decision prior to June 2021. Your input is needed as the province explores possible options and to develop a plan for moving forward.

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E-Newsletter March 20, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

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MBP is open for business - virtually! In light of the unprecedented challenges our province is facing with COVID-19, Manitoba Beef Producers will transition to a virtual office beginning Friday, March 20. Staff will be working remotely until Monday, April 13 at which time we will provide a further update. Our office hours remain 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Please continue to contact us through all our regular channels including: Telephone: 204-772-4542 or toll-free 1-800-772-0458 Fax: 204-774-3264 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Social media:

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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Live beef carcass ultrasounds now on offer in the Maritimes Government Committed To Allowing Temporary Foreign Workers To Enter Canada COVID-19 taking a toll on cattle markets The resilience of the agriculture community is being tested anew amid the COVID-19 outbreak Impossible Foods raises $500M in new funding, says it can 'thrive' in coronavirus pandemic It took three years, but here's how she got 14,000 McDonald's stores to switch to fresh beef Stepplers named Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers 2020 Farm CEO: Women farm executives


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The Province of Manitoba is consulting with affected stakeholders on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in Manitoba. The Federal government is mandating the use of ELDs for all federally regulated commercial vehicle operators starting in June 2021. Federally regulated carriers typically cross provincial borders. Manitoba adopts the federal regulation for all provincially regulated carriers (intra-provincial), with an exemption for limited use vehicles under 6800 kilograms, farm vehicles, and several others. The province must decide how best to respond to the federal regulatory changes. In particular, how should Manitoba apply the federal regulation to carriers who operate only within Manitoba’s borders? The Manitoba regulation must be updated to reflect the decision prior to June 2021. Your input is needed as the province explores possible options and to develop a plan for moving forward.

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E-Newsletter March 27, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MANITOBA ANNOUNCES MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN FLOOD PROTECTION WHILE MODERNIZING PROVINCIAL DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Flood Protection Program Supports Municipalities In Building Future Flood Resiliency: Squires The province will invest nearly $8 million to support more than 80 Manitoba municipalities with enhancing spring flood preparations and protection, Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced March 26. “Manitobans always rally together in challenging times and while we are facing unprecedented global circumstances, our government is helping municipalities take important steps to enhance flood protection," Squires said. “Municipalities know best what will work for them, and this program is designed to help ensure protection put in place this year will benefit communities for many years to come.” Under the 2020 Flood Protection Program, the province offered onetime funding support to municipalities in enhancing municipal capacity for flood preparedness, equipment costs and build resiliency for future floods. Initially, the one-time program was capped at $3 million, but in light of the need for preparation this spring, the funding will more than double for projects in areas all across Manitoba, the minister said. This funding will bring added resources for projects and equipment for the crews who will be working on flood protection in areas all across Manitoba, while boosting economic activity during extraordinary global challenges, the minister noted. Proposals were reviewed by a panel made up of representatives from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the Manitoba government. Evaluation of proposals considered factors including flood risk, ability of the proposal to enhance emergency preparedness or resiliency for future flood events, as well as potential regional benefits. Based on applications, the breakdown for funding by district is: • Central District – $1,271,662.07 for 14 municipalities; • Eastern District – $776,451.01 for 10 municipalities; • Interlake District – $1,059.167.70 for 10 municipalities; • Midwestern District – $715,082.41 for nine municipalities; • Northern District – $76,899.00 for two municipalities; • Parkland District – $759,262.68 for 11 municipalities; • Western District – $1,139,583.73 for 15 municipalities; and • Winnipeg Metropolitan Region – $2,041,770.52 for 13 municipalities. “The Association of Manitoba Municipalities commends the provincial government for more than doubling its initial commitment to support the Spring Flood Preparedness program,” said Ralph Groening, president of the AMM. “As municipalities cannot fight floods alone, these additional dollars further help underscore the importance of the provincial-municipal partnership.”

“The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region commends the Province of Manitoba for providing support through the 2020 Flood Protection Program in such a timely and direct way, as municipalities are on the front lines in flood fighting across this province. With an important focus on partnerships and projects that cross jurisdictions, this program will ensure resources are used for the maximum benefit of all Manitobans," Colleen Sklar, executive director, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. The funding covers a range of items including generators, pumps, steaming equipment to unclog frozen culverts, utility trailers, equipment for emergency operations centres, sandbags and other small equipment that will assist municipalities in protecting vital infrastructure and reducing flood damage. These items reflect what municipalities have identified as their priority needs in order to prepare for future flood events. Also announced was a new opportunity for municipalities to set aside funding for disaster mitigation programs in their communities while modernizing the Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) cost-sharing formula. “We have developed an optional program for municipalities to apply to set aside funds dedicated to disaster mitigation and increase the resilience of Manitobans against future disasters,” said Squires. “If approved, municipalities would be able to redirect funds destined for payments under the provincial/municipal DFA cost-sharing formula to disaster mitigation and preparedness measures.” “The existing DFA system is a decade old and needs to be revised,” said Schuler. “As the scale and scope of disasters increases, governments need to shift their focus to mitigation in order to limit the impact of future disasters, rather than relying on response and recovery.” If approved, municipalities would be able to redirect funds destined for payments under the provincial/municipal DFA costsharing formula to disaster mitigation and preparedness measures. This would apply when a DFA program qualifies for federal cost sharing under Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). In this case, the province would reimburse municipalities for 100 per cent of eligible DFA costs. Continued on page 2


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MBP is open for business - virtually! In light of the unprecedented challenges our province is facing with COVID-19, Manitoba Beef Producers' staff will be working remotely until Monday, April 13 at which time we will provide a further update. Our office hours remain 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Please continue to contact us through all our regular channels including: Telephone: 204-772-4542 or toll-free 1-800-772-0458 Fax: 204-774-3264 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Social media:

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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Editorial: coronavirus situation offers strange times ‘We’re in unknown territory’: Agriculture sector scrambling to offset consequences of COVID-19 pandemic ‘Old farmers’ share their wisdom Young and farming in Austria Cancellation of winter fair a multimillion-dollar blow to local economy: Brandon mayor

Flood protection continued from page 1 Proposed changes to the Disaster Financial Assistance program will result in municipalities covering the first $3.25 per capita, up from $1 per capita, before the DFA formula applies. Further details are available at www.manitobaemo.ca. A full list of the 2020 Flood Protection Program projects is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/mr/mfas/ flood_preparedness_funding_2020.html. Government of Manitoba Media Release, March 26, 2020


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Highlights from 2020-21 Provincial Budget Speech https://www.gov.mb.ca/budget2020/

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The following are some key highlights from the 2020-21 provincial budget which was read in the Manitoba Legislature on March 19.

· To ensure the province is ready to handle the risk of flooding this spring, Budget 2020 increases the budget for emergency expenditures to $100 million.

Green Levy and PST announcements – on, then off

· There is also $5.7 million in funding for the Department of Infrastructure to react quickly to smaller-scale floods or other emergency events.

On budget day, the province announced it would be introducing a made-in-Manitoba Green Levy effective July 1 at a flat $25 per tonne that will not increase each year. At that time the government indicated it planned to offset the impact of the Green Levy by lowering the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) rate to six per cent as of July 1. However, during a March 26 news conference Premier Brian Pallister indicated that due to the enormous financial implications of the COVID-19 situation the planned PST cut will not be taking place as announced in the budget, postponed to a future date. The implementation of the Green Levy is also being deferred at this time. He told the media that “"The gap between the revenues that were coming in and what's coming in now is enormous, and the need to borrow additional money is enormous.” (As cited in the March 26, 2020 online edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.) Other finance-related budget announcements included a commitment to continuing to index the Basic Personal Amount, saving Manitobans $16.2 million in taxes in the 2020 tax year. The personal income tax exemption will go up to $9,809. The province is also eliminating all probate fees as of July 1. Vehicle registration fees are to be cut by 10 per cent July 1. Fees for preparing personal income tax returns are not to be subject to the provincial sales tax as of Oct. 1. Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project · The government again stated its commitment to completing the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project “as soon as possible” with $101 million allocated for this initiative. · Additionally, there was also the following statement from the provincial Budget Papers: “While the Government of Canada’s commitment to this project was first made in Budget 2016, a federal funding agreement is still being negotiated, resulting in further delays. We are committed to getting this project built and we hope the federal government will work with us on the next phase.”

· The budget allocates $500,000 to support emergency preparedness and response related to animal health and welfare. No details were provided about this. · Funding for Manitoba Infrastructure increases by 7.2 per cent, to $494 million. Capital funding for highways rises slightly by $12.5 million, to $362.5 million. · The budget includes a one-time capital investment of $45 million for "climate resiliency projects”, but no details were provided. Justice · The budget provides an additional $6 million for provincial police service agreements including funding for 27 additional police officers. · There is a commitment of $5 million to fight crime and gang activity. Education · The government restated its commitment to eliminating the education portion of property taxes. It said that “the phase-out will begin the first year after the budget is balanced, and will be completed over a maximum of 10 years. Once fully implemented, the average homeowner will save more than $2,000 annually.” · The budget contained a $4.8-million increase to the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Program including $1.8 million for the Manitoba Bursary Program and $3 million for the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative. · More than $41 million in interest-free loans will be made available for post-secondary students


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COVID-19 BULLETIN #33 Public health officials advise three additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 39 at this time. Manitoba has also recorded its first patient death. Patient specific details are not being released at this time. Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of this/these case/ cases. As authorized under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters. Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business. Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres. Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect. Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 606 tests on Thursday. As of March 26, a total of 6,203 tests have been performed. Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any nonessential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. This recommendation does not include: • the commercial transportation of goods and services; • workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work; • health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; • normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required. Additional drive-thru community testing sites opened today in Eriksdale at the Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and in Portage la Prairie at the Stride Centre, 245 Royal Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. A community testing site will open Monday, March 30 in Pine Falls at École Powerview School, 33 Vincent St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. The community testing site in The Pas has relocated to the Royal Canadian Legion at 4 Veterans Way and will continue to be open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will brings the total to 15 community testing sites including six drive-thru locations. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. Moving forward, the province will continue to share updates on the total number of cases but additional patient information such as gender, age, and the regional health authority where they reside will be provided online once it is confirmed through public health investigation. The province is also working to provide an additional breakdown of information online including the number of hospitalizations, home recovery and cases that are resolved. This reporting is in line with reporting in other jurisdictions and ensures consistent, accurate data is available to the public. Information about flights where a person with a labconfirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ flights.html as information becomes available. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit: www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

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Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19 (Office of the Prime Minister News Release) Canadian farmers and food businesses work hard so Canadians have quality food on their grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure that they are supported so they can continue providing the good, healthy food that nourishes our families.

“Like many Canadians, I am truly grateful for our farmers and food business owners and employees, who continue working hard so we all have quality food on our grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. Their continued work is essential to our plan to manage COVID-19. The measures announced today will provide farmers and food producers across the country with important financial flexibility they will need during these challenging times.”

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on March 23 important new measures to support farmers and agrifood businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. This will offer increased flexibility to farmers who face cash flow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially strong during this difficult time.

· Grains, oilseeds, and pulse producers who participated in the 2018 Stay of Default announced this summer, are encouraged to contact their administrator for more details. Cattle, bison, flower, and potted plant producers should also contact their APP administrator to enquire about their eligibility for the Stay of Default.

In addition, all eligible farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan. This important measure, which represents $173 million in deferred loans, will help keep more money in farmers’ pockets during these critical months. The Stay of Default will also provide farmers the flexibility they need to manage their cash flow when facing lower prices or reduced marketing opportunities. Applicable farmers who still have interest-free loans outstanding will have the opportunity to apply for an additional $100,000 interest-free portion for 2020-2021, as long as their total APP advances remain under the $1 million cap. The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting Canada’s agricultural sector to ensure that farmers and businesses have the support they need to provide for their families and all Canadians during this critical time. Quotes “Farmers and food producers work hard to put food on tables across our country, and they should not have to worry about being able to afford their loan payments or having enough money to support their own families. We are taking action now to give them more flexibility to meet the challenges ahead in these times of uncertainty.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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· The Advance Payments Program is a financial loan guarantee program that provides producers easy access to credit through cash advances. For the 2019 program year, there are over 21,000 producers participating and over $3 billion in advances. · Administrators participating in the Stay of Default are the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, BC Breeder and Feeder Association, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Corn Growers Association Inc., Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Inc., Western Cash Advance Program Inc., PEI Federation of Agriculture, and the Agricultural Credit Corporation. · Farm Credit Canada is our country’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $38 billion. The Crown corporation provides flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information, and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industries. · Farmers will continue to have support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The comprehensive suite of business risk management programs are designed to help manage significant financial impacts and risks beyond farmers’ control. · The new deadlines for outstanding Advance Payments Program loans are as follows: o September 30, 2020: 2018 cash advances for grains, oilseeds, and pulses. o September 30, 2020: 2018 cash advances for cattle and bison. o October 31, 2020: 2019 cash advances on flowers and potted plants


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COVID-19 Resources

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada (GoC) to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring Canadians have continued access to nutritious beef products is a top priority in these discussions. For updates, information and practical resources to help navigate the challenging landscape of COVID-19, please click here.

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Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy The Government of Canada is providing an update on travel restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions. The exemptions include · seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers · international students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020 · permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 16, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada.

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These exemptions follow others announced earlier this week, for • foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Canadian government for a purpose related to the containment of COVID-1 • close family members of Canadian citizens • close family members of Canadian permanent residents • a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members • a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act • accredited diplomats and family members (including NATO, those under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, other organizations) • air crews • any foreign national, or group of foreign nationals, whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety • members of the Canadian military, visiting forces and their family members • transiting passengers Quotes

“Our government will continue to take the measures necessary to protect the health and safety of Canadians, including putting in place social distancing, isolation and travel restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Today’s announcement will ensure both a robust response to addressing the spread of the In addition, a temporary modification is being made to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process for agriculture and virus, and that our farmers, fishers and other producers have the workers they food processing employers, as the required 2-week recruitment need, when they need them, to strengthen Canada’s food security and provide other vital services.”

period will be waived for the next 6 months.

We are also increasing the maximum allowable employment duration for workers in the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program from 1 to 2 years. This will improve flexibility and reduce the administrative burden for employers, including those in food processing. To safeguard the continuity of trade, commerce, health and food security for all Canadians, temporary foreign workers in agriculture, agri-food, seafood processing and other key industries will be allowed to travel to Canada under exemptions being put in place to the air travel restrictions that took effect on March 18. In addition to health screening protocols before travel, all individuals entering from abroad must isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada. Allowing foreign workers to enter Canada recognizes their vital importance to the Canadian economy, including food security for Canadians and the success of Canadian food producers. The arrival of farm workers and fish/seafood workers is essential to ensure that planting and harvesting activities can take place. There will always be jobs available for Canadians who wish to work on farms and at food processing plants. Those affected by these exemptions should not try to travel to Canada immediately. We will announce when the exemptions are in place, which we anticipate will be early next week.

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship “Temporary foreign workers are important for sectors with critical labour needs— notably agriculture. Our government is taking strong measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. These exemptions will provide the short-term workforce support necessary to maintain our highstandard levels of trade, commerce, and food security.” – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion “The participation of temporary foreign workers on our farms and in our food businesses is absolutely necessary. It is nothing less than an issue of food security. We are making sure that our food supply chain is not compromised by the closure of our borders, as we now need thousands of workers on the farms for the planting season as well as the processing of foods from the land and sea.” – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada “We’ve heard the call from our fish and seafood sector and we’re responding. These exemptions mean local processors on both coasts will have access to the workers they need to keep feeding Canadians and global citizens with healthy, high-quality food sources. These are unprecedented times and we will continue to work across government and at all levels to ensure Canadians are safe and the economy is supported.” – The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, P.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent March 25, 2020 News Release From: Department of Finance Canada The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and our economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Helps businesses keep their workers by providing eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. Eligible employers would include small businesses (including cooperative corporations) eligible for the small business deduction, unincorporated employers, certain partnerships, non-profit organizations and charities.

Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, today received Royal Assent, guaranteeing the rapid implementation and administration of measures to protect Canadians’ health and safety and stabilize the Canadian economy. The authorities in this legislation makes sure that the government can do what it takes to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, and the economy as whole, in a timely way, today and in the future, as the situation continues to evolve.

· Helps protect seniors’ retirement savings from the impact of volatile market conditions by reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25 per cent for 2020.

The Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion through tax deferrals, to help meet the cash needs of Canadian businesses and households, and to help stabilize the economy. This comprehensive support helps ensure that Canadians can pay for essentials like housing and groceries, as well as helps businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills during this time of uncertainty.

· Ensures the availability of drugs and medical devices by providing the Government with the authority to make regulations to address any future shortages of therapeutic products, including drugs and medical devices. This would include allowing for drug patent overrides in health emergencies in the period up to September 30, 2020, and for the importation of drugs and medical devices not authorized for sale in Canada to address certain shortages, such as for personal protective equipment or drugs required to treat COVID-19.

This legislation:

Supports Canadian businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) by temporarily providing the Minister of Finance with more flexibility to determine BDC’s capital limit, allowing it to provide further financial support to Canadian businesses when they need it.

· Supports the agriculture and agri-food sector by amending the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Act to temporarily provide the Minister of Finance with the flexibility to set the limit on the amounts that may be paid by the Minister of Finance to FCC out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to ensure continued availability of credit to businesses in the agriculture and agrifood sector. · Provides additional assistance to families with children by temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments, delivering almost $2 billion in extra support. · Provides additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit, delivering $5.5 billion in support. · Introduces a Canada Emergency Response Benefit providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to support workers who lose their income as of result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation related to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. The CERB is available to Canadian workers affected by the current situation whether or not they are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Introduces a pause on the repayments of Canada Student Loans in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, the Canada Student Loans Act, and the Apprenticeship Loans Act in order to introduce a 6-month moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all borrowers currently in repayment.

· Supports provinces and territories with a COVID-19 Response Fund that would provide one-time funding of $500 million through the Canada Health Transfer for their critical health care system needs and to support mitigation efforts as needed.

· Supports Canadian businesses through Export Development Canada (EDC) by temporarily providing the Minister of Finance with more flexibility in setting EDC’s capital and liability limits – as well as the Canada Account limit – and expanding EDC’s ability to engage in domestic financial transactions so that it can more effectively deliver financial and credit insurance support to affected Canadian businesses. · Supports the mortgage financing market in Canada by enhancing the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) access to capital, and increasing its insurance-in-force and guarantees-inforce legislative limits, so that it can continue to provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders in support of continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers. · Protects Canadians from the Spread of COVID-19 by providing authority to a federal minister to requisition funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Health to support federal efforts to prevent or control the spread of COVID-19. · Provides the Minister of Finance with flexibility to respond expeditiously to COVID-19 developments, by amending the Financial Administration Act (FAA) to temporarily remove the requirement for the Minister of Finance to receive Governor in Council’s authorization in order to use emergency powers. · Supports the protection of Canadians’ savings by providing the Minister of Finance with the flexibility to increase the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation’s deposit insurance limit beyond its current level of $100,000. Continued on page 10


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Emergency Response Act continued from page 9 Quotes “I would like to thank and commend my Parliamentary colleagues in the House of Commons and Senate for agreeing to the immediate adoption and Royal Assent of Bill C-13 so that the Government can deliver this extraordinary support for Canadians and the economy on an urgent basis. The measures being implemented through Bill C-13 show that we will do whatever it takes to ensure that the health of Canadians is protected, that families and businesses are supported, and that our economy remains strong in the face of uncertainty.” Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Related products · Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan · Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan · Prime Minister outlines Canada’s COVID-19 response · Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19 · Canada outlines measures to support the economy and the financial sector

Extensions on Tax Filing Deadlines Announced by the Federal Government In a March 18 news release the federal government announced its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan which includes a series of measures to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes some changes with respect to tax filing deadlines as follows: Flexibility for Taxpayers In order to provide greater flexibility to Canadians who may be experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canada Revenue Agency will defer the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals, including certain trusts. · For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020. However, the Agency encourages individuals who expect to receive benefits under the GSTC or the Canada Child Benefit not to delay the filing of their return to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined. · For trusts having a taxation year ending on December 31, 2019, the return filing due date will be deferred until May 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. In order to reduce the necessity for taxpayers and tax preparers to meet in person during this difficult time, and to reduce administrative burden, effective immediately the Canada Revenue Agency will recognize electronic signatures as having met the signature requirements of the Income Tax Act, as a temporary administrative measure. This provision applies to authorization forms T183 or T183CORP, which are forms that are signed in person by millions of Canadians every year to authorize tax preparers to file taxes. To see the complete details of the Economic Response Plan, go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html


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Temporary foreign workers, some international students and approved permanent residents who haven’t yet landed are now able to enter Canada Update from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada March 26, 2020 The travel restriction exemptions that were announced are now in place. If you’re exempt, you can now travel to Canada. If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air. When you arrive in Canada we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory. Only people who provide essential services and truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods are exempt from the isolation requirements. IRCC, along with other government departments and international allies, continues to closely monitor COVID 19 and any impacts on people and our operations. For complete details of the implications of travel restrictions on IRCC clients, including a detailed question and answer section, go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html


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E-Newsletter April 3, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Announces Over $100 Million in Support and Relief for Manitoba's Fight Against COVID-19 Manitoba Protection Plan Ensures Government Can Respond Quickly and Effectively to Needs of Manitobans: Pallister Government of Manitoba News Release, April 3, 2020

The Manitoba government is announcing new measures in the Manitoba Protection Plan to provide extra support and relief to homeowners and businesses, and to enhance health preparedness for new medical equipment and shelter space in the fight against COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

In addition, Manitoba businesses can donate unused personal protective equipment supplies in original packaging, clean and in useable condition. For more info, visit: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/ covid19/supply-donations/.

“Our government’s number one priority during this global pandemic is keeping Manitobans safe and ensuring our health-care system is there for us and our loved ones,” said Pallister. “We must protect our most valuable service – our health-care system – and protect our most vulnerable people, our senior citizens, our homeless, those faced with threats of violence and those who are facing new financial challenges.”

Today’s measures will provide immediate relief to Manitobans facing financial challenges by deferring provincial fees and charges, the premier noted.

Cash Flow Tax Relief

“Manitobans have always risen to the challenge and what we’ve seen so far during this pandemic is no exception,” said Pallister. “This $100-million investment will allow us to support made-in-Manitoba products and solutions from local businesses to quickly help in our collective efforts to fight COVID-19 and protect Manitobans in the weeks and months ahead.”

As part of the Manitoba Protection Plan, the province is providing the following protections for the next six months until Oct. 1: • instructing Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to not charge interest or penalties in the event that Manitobans are unable to pay at this time; • instructing MPI to relax ordinary practices on policy renewals and collections; • instructing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries not to charge interest on receivables from restaurants, bars and specialty wine stores; • supporting Workers Compensation Board (WCB) to do the same and asking WCB to extend relief from penalties for late payments; • directing Manitoba Hydro and Centra Gas to not disconnect customers during these times; and • working with municipal partners to ensure municipalities do not charge interest on provincial education taxes and school division fees and the province is encouraging municipalities to do the same with respect to their own taxes and will start discussions to support implementation.

Manitoba manufacturers or businesses that are prepared to rapidly scale up production or re-tool manufacturing lines to develop products made in Manitoba to help in the fight against COVID-19 can go to the portal at www.manitoba.ca/ covid19, and then visit the business and workplace page.

The government is also deferring provincial income tax and corporate income tax filing deadlines and payments to coincide with the current revised federal deferral of income tax to Aug. 31 and has indicated it would be willing to extend these deferrals until Oct. 1, should the federal government agree, the premier added.

The province is also issuing a call to businesses who have a stock of personal protective equipment. If the equipment is not being used due to closures and physical distancing, they can also reach out by visiting www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

The new measures are in addition to the recently announced twomonth deferral for small businesses that remit up to $10,000 in Manitoba payroll tax or $10,000 in sales tax. This will result in $80 million in deferred remittance to the province.

Faster Health Equipment Procurement The government is investing more than $100 million to accelerate the pace at which Manitoba is procuring essential medical supplies and equipment, hotel capacity and other critical needs to help prepare for COVID-19.

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Please consider taking part in species at risk survey Dear beef producers, Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions. SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by May 8, 2020. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


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Support and Relief (cont. from page 1) Pallister also announced plans to help make insurance more affordable for Manitobans. While the province has no ability to allow for deferrals of payments or the waiver of interest charges and penalties, Manitoba is taking steps to make home and business property insurance more affordable to Manitobans by accelerating the removal of $75 million of annual PST from residential and business properties, effective July 1. This will save residential property owners an estimated $38 million per year and business property owners $37 million a year. Expanded Shelter Capacity The Manitoba government will add more than 140 new shelter beds to support people affected by homelessness and allow for social distancing protocols as part of the province’s broader Manitoba Protection Plan response to COVID-19, the premier announced. “While many of us have the capacity to shelter at home, the reality is some of us do not,” said Pallister. “Through our Manitoba Protection Plan, our government will ensure people who don’t have a stable home have a place to stay safe and healthy as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic together.” Up to $1.2 million will be invested at several locations in Winnipeg to: • repurpose a vacant Manitoba Housing building on Sargent Avenue to create 31 new beds; • add 35 beds provided by the Salvation Army at its Martha Street location; • expand Siloam Mission’s capacity by 50 beds; and • move individuals currently using the Salvation Army’s SonRise Village to alternate locations, making its 26 beds available for new clients. The beds at the Sargent Avenue location will be managed by Main Street Project, which is partnering with other shelters to coordinate access among their clients. This location will open today and others will become available as soon as possible. The provincial building on Sargent Avenue may also be used as selfisolation units for homeless individuals who need it. The premier noted the province is also looking into additional options to support homeless and vulnerable people outside of Winnipeg as part of the province’s Manitoba Protection Plan response to COVID-19. “Our government remains committed to looking at every possible way to help all Manitobans through these uncertain times, by providing financial relief and support needed on the front line as we face this global pandemic together.” The province continues to rely on the recommendations of the chief provincial public health officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages all Manitobans to engage in social distancing protocols. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

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Province Advises Outflow from Shellmouth Reservoir Increasing Government of Manitoba News Release, April 2, 2020

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increasing to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) from 100 cfs as part of the annual reduction from the upper Assiniboine River. This will result in a two-to-three foot increase on the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth to Russell, and one-totwo ft. from Russell to Brandon. There will be a 0.5-to-one ft. increase as the water reaches Winnipeg in about two weeks. The increased outflow will result in potentially hazardous ice conditions from the Shellmouth Reservoir down the Assiniboine River. Citizens are advised to stay off the river at this time. The province will continue to monitor conditions on the upper Assiniboine River as well as downstream river levels. The Hydrologic Forecast Centre is also advising the public of potentially hazardous ice conditions on rivers, lakes and drainage ditches throughout Manitoba as the spring thaw progresses. Use of the rivers, lakes, floodways or drainage ditches for activities such as skiing, sledding and snowmobiling could be hazardous at this time and should be avoided. People living near waterways should be especially careful to prevent children and pets from wandering onto the ice. Daily temperatures are warming gradually and are causing ice thickness and strength to deteriorate. The quality of river ice within communities is also uncertain, so citizens are advised to stay off rivers and retention ponds.

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 –

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- Wet hands with warm water. - Apply soap. - Wash for at least 20 seconds (including your palms, back of each hand, between fingers, thumbs and under nails). - Rinse well. - Dry hands with paper towel. - Turn off tap using paper towel.



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Manitoba Restricts Operations of Non-Critical Businesses in New Public Health Order Changes Made to Protect Health, Safety of all Manitobans: Pallister Government of Manitoba News Release, March 30, 2020

The Manitoba government is issuing a new public health order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “These decisions are not easy ones, but they must be made during this global pandemic to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans,” said Pallister. “These new orders will ensure critical services are available while taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.” The chief provincial public health officer is issuing orders under The Public Health Act as approved by the minister of health, seniors and active living. The following measures will be in place as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1: • Public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters. This remains in effect at this time under the previous health order issued on March 27, and will continue when this order comes into effect on April 1. • All restaurants and other commercial facilities that serve food are prohibited from serving food to customers in their premises. This prevents eat-in dining at all facilities. However, restaurants and other commercial facilities can prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout. If this takes place, the operator of the restaurant must ensure that all people maintain the appropriate social distancing from other customers when picking up food. • All businesses that are not listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order must close between April 1 and April 14. - This closure order does not prevent these businesses from operating on a remote basis. - A business may accept orders on the Internet, or over the phone for delivery or pickup, as long as the employees are not working at the place of business. - The order does not prevent employees or others from coming into the business to perform repairs, to provide security services or to take out items from the business premises if the business is going to operate on a remote basis. - Nothing in the order restricts the operations of delivery of services by the federal or provincial governments or a municipality. - Nothing in the order restricts any activities of a publicly funded agency, organization or authority that delivers or supports government operations or services including healthcare services. This means the order does not affect institutions, agencies and other service providers who provide health-care services such as hospitals, regional health authorities and private agencies who provide a range of health services.

All businesses listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order may continue to operate. If these business allow members of the public to attend the place of business, the operator of the business must put in place measures to ensure that appropriate social distancing rules are followed. • The order does not affect how members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba or the College of Midwives of Manitoba provide health-care services under the order. Any other health professionals may continue to practice if they are providing services for a publicly funded agency, such as a government or a regional health authority, or a business listed under the schedule. In addition, health-care providers can continue to provide emergent or urgent care such as dental surgery. • Municipal transit services, taxis and other private vehicles for hire can continue to operate. The operator of the vehicle must take measures to ensure there is a reasonable separation of people in a vehicle. This order does not contain specific distance restrictions because it is hard to impose a limit in small vehicles. The goal is to ensure a reasonable level of spacing between people. The order also repeals previous orders as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1 so there is only one public health order in effect at a time. “We are seeing what is happening in other jurisdictions, and the time to act is now. We must continue to adapt to the situation and change our day-to-day lives to prevent unnecessary illness and further tragedies in Manitoba,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “These measures will help us reduce the risk and protect all Manitobans during the ongoing pandemic.” The premier noted that a state of emergency declared by the powers set out in Section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in effect. “Manitobans have always pulled together in a time of crisis and this is no different,” said Pallister. “We must continue to do whatever we can to support each other.” The list of public health orders and the schedule of critical services can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ soe.html. Businesses with questions about how the order and schedule of critical services apply to their operations can visit http://engagemb.ca/covid19-csp for up-to-date information, and to ask questions that will be answered by government officials. Continued on page 7


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The Updated Public Health Order and Agriculture There are several sections of Manitoba’s latest Public Health Order dealing with essential services that directly or indirectly pertain to agriculture. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: 1. A business: (a) that provides another business listed in this Schedule with goods or services necessary for the business to operate, including transportation and logistics management relating to those goods or services; or (b) that supports or facilitates the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and global supply chains. 2. A business that provides, either by wholesale or by retail sale, food or household consumer goods necessary for the safety, sanitation or operation of residences and businesses. Such a business includes a grocery store, supermarket, convenience store, butcher shop, bakery, market, hardware store and any other similar wholesale or retail business. 3. A business that provides personal protective equipment or protective clothing for use in the workplace. 4. A business that provides essential goods and services for the health and well-being of animals, including animal feed, pet food, and animal supplies such as bedding. 5. A gas station or other business that provides diesel, aviation, propane, heating fuel or other fuel used to power a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft. 13. A business that provides transportation services necessary for the activities of daily living. 14. A business that provides transportation services to other businesses or individuals by road, rail, air or water, including a business that provides logistical support, distribution services or warehousing and storage, or truck stops. 15. A business that services or repairs vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, bicycles and includes car, truck and farm equipment dealerships and related facilities and auto supply stores and other similar retail businesses. 20. A business that is engaged in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, producing or distributing food or farm products such as crops, animal products and by-products or beverages. 21. A business that is engaged in fishing, hunting or aquaculture. 22. A business that supports the food supply chain, including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal processing plants and grain elevators. 23. A business that supplies agricultural producers with necessary products or services, such as seed, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, agricultural equipment, custom application of herbicides and pesticides and the repair of agricultural equipment. 24. A business that supports the safety of food, including animal and plant health and animal well-being. 25. A business that provides veterinary services or that supplies veterinary or animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits. 26. A business involved in ensuring the safe and effective management of animal waste, and includes a business responsible for the disposal of dead animals, rendering, nutrient management and biohazardous materials treatment or disposal. 60. A lawyer, paralegal, accountant, translator, veterinarian, engineer or geoscientist. 73. A business that provides for the health and well-being of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers.



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Government of Canada provides guidance on services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19 (April 2 Public Safety Canada News Release) Governments at all levels and the private sector need clear advice when it comes to determining the services and functions that are essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has released the “Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to assist various jurisdictions and businesses in their decision-making around the types of employees considered essential to maintain the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians throughout this health crisis. The guidance document provides a list of services and functions across Canada’s 10 critical infrastructure sectors: Energy and Utilities, Information and Communication Technologies, Finance, Health, Food, Water, Transportation, Safety, Government and Manufacturing. The guidance will support critical infrastructure employers in identifying and managing their workforce, while fostering alignment and harmonization across sectors. The guidance is non-binding and advisory in nature, and should not be considered to be a federal directive or standard. Quotes “Through this incredibly challenging time, Canadians want the services they rely on every day for their health and safety and economic well-being to continue. We have put together this guidance to help support critical infrastructure employers in identifying and managing their workforce while responding to COVID-19.” – Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Quick facts • The guidance is based on the Canada’s 10 critical infrastructure sectors identified in the National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure. • The list of essential services and functions was developed in consultation with industry and labour representatives and provinces and territories. • Public Safety Canada will continually consult on and amend the list as events unfold. The List Canada’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure defines critical infrastructure as the processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. The Strategy classifies critical infrastructure in Canada according to ten sectors: Energy and Utilities; Information and Communication Technologies; Finance; Health; Food; Water; Transportation; Safety; Government, and Manufacturing. Public Safety Canada has developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population. These services and functions can also help the private sector self-identify as essential.

These services and functions are considered essential to preserving life, health and basic societal functioning. These include, but are not limited to, the functions performed by first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure workers (e.g., hydro and natural gas), and workers who are essential to supply critical goods such as food and medicines. Workers who deliver essential services and functions should continue to do their jobs provided they have no symptoms of COVID-19 disease. Employers of these workers should take all possible steps to protect their health and safety by implementing practices and procedures recommended by public health authorities and providing appropriate protective equipment and products. Further, workers who can perform their tasks remotely should do so. Municipal, provincial, territorial or Indigenous jurisdictions have the legislative authority to implement and execute response actions within their jurisdictions, while Public Safety Canada has a key role to play to facilitate and enable critical infrastructure security and resilience. The following are some of the essential services and functions identified that are relevant to agriculture: Annex A: Essential Services and Functions by Critical Infrastructure Sector Food • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other outlets that sells food and beverage products • Restaurant employees necessary to support take-out and food delivery operations • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, fish processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, fish and seafood, slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging • Workers including those employed in animal food, feed, by-product and ingredient production, processing, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to harvest and produce our food supply domestically • Agriculture and aquaculture workers and support service workers including those who field crops; those responsible fuel ethanol facilities, storage facilities, and other agricultural inputs • Workers undertaking traditional harvesting activities, including fishing, hunting and agricultural activities Continued on next page


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Province Eases Spring Road Restrictions to Aid Transportation of Essential Commodities The Manitoba government is easing 2020 Spring Road Restrictions to aid the transportation of essential commodities, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced. “In order to allow vehicles to more easily transport essential goods during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are easing spring road restrictions in certain circumstances,” said Schuler. “This will help ensure communities continue to have access to items such as medical supplies, groceries and emergency equipment at this crucial time.” Under normal conditions, spring weight restrictions are enforced on Manitoba’s surfaced roads during the spring. This protects roads from excessive damage by reducing the axle weights of heavy commercial vehicles during the period when roads are most at risk of weakening under spring rains and thawing. Under the revised restrictions, a vehicle may transport essential commodities at normal loading on highways that are subject to Level 1 road restrictions. Additionally, essential commodities may be transported at normal loading on roads subject to Level 2 restrictions, under the following conditions: • If the highway links two points on the vehicle’s itinerary that are less than 10 kilometres apart, or in any other case if the highway is the most direct route between a point on the itinerary and the nearest highway that is not subject to Level 2 road restrictions. A point on the itinerary means that the vehicle is picking up, or dropping off a load on that Level 2 restricted highway. • If the essential commodities are transported between midnight and noon during the first 14 days of this restriction order, or at any time of the day after the 14th day. Vehicles that are travelling empty to pick up essential commodities, or travelling empty after having delivered them, may travel at any time of the day at Level 1 weights on highways that are subject to Level 2 road restrictions, if they comply with the above-noted conditions. Essential commodities include groceries, medical supplies, fuel, fertilizer, bulk milk, potable water for non-industrial use, emergency equipment and materials, and mail delivery on behalf of the Canada Post Corporation. It also includes livestock and livestock feed in transit, and hay for feed in transit within Manitoba. For the 2020 Spring Road Restrictions season, a permit is not required to transport grain to satisfy grain quotas or contracts, or to transport potatoes or vegetables from producer to processor, and these commodities are eligible for the normal loading described above. Vehicles are not authorized to travel over a bridge or other structure in excess of posted weight restrictions. For complete details on road restrictions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/mit/srr/index.html.

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Essential services (cont. from page 9) • Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution, including warehouse workers, vendormanaged inventory controllers • Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail • Company in-house cafeterias used to feed employees • Workers in food testing labs • Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce, including provincial, territorial and federal inspectors • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural, aquaculture, and fishery production and distribution Transportation Essential transportation workers are defined as workers supporting or enabling transportation functions in any transportation mode (i.e. road, air, rail, marine), in support of the continued essential movement of goods and people, in circumstances where non-essential travel is restricted. Other Services • Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and necessary support staff • Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments • Health and welfare of animals, including boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers


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Province Releases Second 2020 Spring Thaw Outlook On March 31 the Manitoba government released its March spring flood outlook. Of note from the outlook: • The March Outlook Report prepared by the Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure reports the risk of major spring flooding in most Manitoba basins is low. The risk of major flooding is low for the Assiniboine, Souris, Qu’Appelle and Saskatchewan Rivers. The risk of major flooding is also low for the Interlake and northern Manitoba regions. • Due to the above normal to record high soil moisture at freeze-up in southern and central Manitoba and normal to above normal winter precipitation to the middle of March in the U.S. portion of the Red River basin, the Red River Valley is at a higher risk of major flooding. There is a high risk of moderate flooding for southern and southeastern Manitoba, including the Roseau River and the Pembina River. However, the flooding risk level could change depending on weather conditions between now and the spring melt. • Most of the major lakes are near normal for this time of the year, and the risk for lake flooding is low at this time. However, there is a high risk of moderate flooding in Whiteshell Lakes area as most of the Whiteshell Lakes are above normal for this time of the year.

The outlook notes that “The province’s practice is to plan and prepare for the unfavourable weather condition scenario, which is a weather scenario that would result in a 1 in 10 chance of occurring… The magnitude of the spring flood flows on Manitoba’s rivers is still very dependent on weather conditions from now till the spring melt and during the spring melt period. The flood potential is significantly affected by the amount of additional snow and the spring rains; the frost depth at the time of runoff; the timing and rate of the spring thaw; and the timing of peak flows in Manitoba, the United States, Saskatchewan and Ontario.” To read the report in its entirety, go to: https:// www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/pdf/2020/ march_2020_flood_outlook_report.pdf For additional information re: lake and river levels and flows, forecasts, maps, etc., go to: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html. To read the full March 31, 2020 media release please see page 12


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Province Releases Second 2020 Spring Thaw Outlook

The second Spring Thaw Outlook of 2020 reports the Assiniboine River basin and other rivers are expected to remain mostly inbank, with possible over-bank high water covering agricultural land at a few locations.

• $10.3 million for reconstructing the Marsh River bridge on PTH 23 east of Morris; • $4.2 million for reconstructing the Little Morris River bridge on PR 422 near Rosenfeld; • a $1.3-million project will raise PR 205 in the vicinity of Rosenort and this ongoing project is scheduled for completion in October 2020; • a $1-million project will raise PR 422 in the vicinity of Rosenort, scheduled to be completed in October 2020; • a $8.3-million bridge is under construction over the Aux Marais River on PR 201 with a scheduled completion date of fall 2020; • a $7.8-million concrete culvert replacement project is underway over the Kronsgart Drain on PTH 75 and is expected to be completed by fall 2020; and • a $1-million steel culvert replacement project for the Aubigny Drain on PR 246 is complete and open to traffic.

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports with favourable conditions, water levels similar to the spring of 2019 are expected. Last year, the Red River Floodway was put into service but Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 from Winnipeg south to Emerson remained open.

The minister noted that considerable provincial resources are involved in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and officials have contingency plans in place if the approaching spring thaw requires preparations for high water management.

Average weather conditions in spring 2020 would result in water levels similar to 2006 on the Red River, according to forecasters. In that year, PTH 75 was closed for 18 days. Unfavourable weather could lead to a run-off nearing 2011 levels. In 2011, PTH 75 was closed for 28 days.

The delivery of emergency services continues with appropriate personal protection during this COVID-19 episode and any high water response will be developed with COVID-19 in mind. Safe work procedures are being finalized to ensure the safety of all response workers and maintain social distancing in producing sandbags and building dikes if required, the minister said.

With the annual spring run-off approaching, the province continues to watch the Red River Valley in anticipation of potential high-water situations, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today as he released the second Spring Thaw Outlook of 2020. “Our outlook remains similar to the first outlook we released in late February and our focus continues to be on the Red River this spring,” said Schuler. “Forecasters are expecting a significant inflow of water from the northern United States and they expect high water levels similar to last spring, barring a major early April storm with substantial precipitation or a fast melt.”

The minister noted the province has invested nearly $80 million in flood mitigation measures through the Red River Valley over the past four years. Projects include: • $31 million for raising northbound lanes of PTH 75 south from St. Jean Baptiste to Morris to 2009 flood levels and improving drainage; • $15.5 million for reconstructing the Plum River bridge in the northbound lanes of PTH 75 near St. Jean Baptiste;

“The government has also recently announced the most emergency-ready budget in Manitoba history with additional financial provisions for COVID-19 and any other emergencies we may face,” said Schuler. “Manitobans have dealt with many emergencies in the past, and we will be prepared for any high-water event that may develop over the coming weeks.”


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Manitoba Calls on Child-Care Providers to Help Our Heroes Fight Covid-19 Government of Manitoba April 2, 2020 News Release

***Special provision announced re: farmers and farm workers seeking child care spaces. The Manitoba government wants to thank all child-care providers that have stepped up to provide care to the children of health-care and other emergency services workers, and is calling on all child- care providers to help the heroes who are on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced. “The early childhood educators and child-care centres that have stepped up to provide child care to health-care and other emergency services workers are truly heroes helping heroes, and I want to thank them for stepping up during this difficult time,” said Stefanson. “There are still health-care and other emergency services workers who need child care, and today I want to call on child-care providers throughout our province to help those workers as they provide needed services during this pandemic.” As of March 31, more than 1,200 children of health-care and other emergency services workers have been matched with an available space. To support centres so they can re-open during this critical time, the minister noted the first quarter of the provincial operating grant, amounting to nearly $30 million, started flowing to all licensed child-care centres as of April 1. Licensed child-care facilities that want to help by re-opening or continuing to have spaces available should notify the province by emailing cdcinfo@gov.mb.ca. Last month, the government also announced new programs to expand home and community-based child care, including an $18million grant program to help early childhood educators begin independently offering child-care services at their homes or in the community, administered by the Winnipeg and Manitoba chambers of commerce. The chambers will also offer business mentorship to early childhood educators looking to open up their homes or other locations in the community to provide child care. Early childhood educators can apply for the grant by filling out the Temporary Child Care Service Grant Form at https:// forms.gov.mb.ca/temporary-child-care-service-grant/. “It is not too late to step up and help out, whether you are operating in a child-care centre or in your own home,” said Stefanson. “Our government is providing financial support to child-care centres and early childhood educators during this difficult time, and we will continue to support the child-care sector so that we can help ensure health-care and other emergency services workers can continue working during this pandemic.”

All child-care centres have also been asked by the province to reimburse parent fees if care has not been provided and to not charge parents to hold spots if they are not being used, the minister added. Licensed child-care centres will continue to be limited to 16 spaces to support social distancing and infection prevention measures based on the advice of the chief provincial public health officer. Some larger centres with segregated rooms and separate external entrances are able to offer care for up to 16 children per room. This will continue indefinitely in alignment with the decision regarding kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. “If you are a front-line health-care or other emergency services worker, we want to hear from you,” said Stefanson. “Staff will continue working around the clock to ensure that you can get the child care that you need so you can continue working during this pandemic, after which we will be expanding service to all critical services workers as defined by the chief provincial public health officer.” Health-care and other emergency services workers can apply for a child-care space by filling out the request form at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/GoMCovid19ESW/. These parents, which include health-care providers, emergency service providers, corrections workers, law enforcement workers, fire and paramedic workers, and direct social services and child protection workers, should submit their request to be matched with a child-care spot by Wednesday, April 8, so that they can be prioritized for placement. Families that have already submitted a request do not need to complete the form again, as the province is already working to match them with an available space. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, all parents who work in critical services, as defined by the chief provincial public health officer, will be able to access child-care spaces available in licensed facilities. This includes support staff at hospitals and clinics, grocery store staff, farmers and farm workers, construction workers, bank or credit union employees. Parents working in these sectors who have been unable to make other child-care arrangements will be able to check which facilities have available spaces at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and work directly with them to receive a spot. The listing of critical services, as authorized under The Public Health Act, is available at https://news.gov.mb.ca/ asset_library/en/newslinks/2020/03/BG-PHA_-_COVID-19PR.pdf.


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Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs (April 1 News Release, Department of Finance) The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This measure, which is a part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, would support businesses that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and would help protect the jobs Canadians depend on during these difficult times. Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, announced the details of the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy as follows: • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. • Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 30 per cent in March, April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy. • Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities. • For non-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is appropriate to their circumstances. The government is also considering additional support for non-profits and charities, particularly those involved in the front line response to COVID-19. Further details will be announced in the near term. • An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a key measure to ensure that workers are able to count on a source of income through this difficult time. It will enable employers to re-hire workers previously laid off, and to keep those who are already on payroll, so that Canada’s workforce and supply chains are able to return from this crisis in a strong position.

Eligible employers would be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by applying through a Canada Revenue Agency online portal. More details regarding how to apply for the program will follow. Those organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy may continue to qualify for the previously announced wage subsidy of 10 per cent of remuneration paid from March 18 to before June 20, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. The government will continue to carefully monitor all developments relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to take further action to protect Canadians and the economy. Quotes “Businesses provide the jobs, the goods and the services that Canadians depend on to keep their communities going, in good times and bad. With the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, we are helping businesses keep their staff on payroll so that businesses will be better positioned to rebound when the current challenges have passed. We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that workers and businesses are supported through the outbreak, and that our economy remains resilient during these difficult times.” Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance “Small businesses are at the heart of our communities and are the backbone of our economy, employing millions of hard-working Canadians. There is no question that they are feeling the brunt of this challenging time. This wage subsidy will help keep more Canadians employed and will provide direct support to businesses so they can keep up with their bills. We will continue to listen to the very real needs of Canadian business owners and workers, and we will be there to support them every step of the way.” Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade “We have been in constant communication with Canadian businesses, and we know that all sectors of the economy are being affected by COVID-19. With the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, employers—no matter their size—will be supported to weather this storm, to be ready to recover when it passes, and to help Canadians keep their jobs.” Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Quick facts • The government has taken action to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that: o Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country. Continued on page 15


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o Launch the new Canada Emergency Business Account. This program will provide up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses, including not-for-profits. These loans – guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada – will ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need, at a zero-per-cent interest rate, so they can pay for rent and other important costs over the next number of months. o Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank, for guaranteed loans when small businesses go to their financial institutions to help weather the impacts of COVID-19. This is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements. o Extend the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. o Increase credit available for farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada. o Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. Related products • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/government-announces-details-of-the-canada-emergencywage-subsidy-to-help-businesses-keep-canadians-in-their-jobs.html

Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Launch on April 6 (April 1 News Release, Employment and Social Development Canada) The Government of Canada is continuing to take strong, immediate and effective action to support Canadians impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that Canadians will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as of April 6th at Canada.ca/coronavirus. As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government recently introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit . This benefit will help Canadian workers impacted by COVID-19 put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. The CERB will support Canadians who have lost their income because of COVID-19 by providing $2,000 a month for up to 4 months. Some examples of support to workers provided by the CERB include: • workers, including those who are self-employed, who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support; • workers who lost their employment, as well as workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19; • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures; and • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

The Government of Canada’s priority is to ensure that Canadians receive the money they are entitled to as quickly as possible. That is why the CERB is being jointly administered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. This will leverage two of the Government of Canada’s largest payment systems, allowing for more timely and accurate delivery of this important emergency benefit. All eligible workers, whether or not they are eligible for Employment Insurance, will apply through a simplified application process. Applications will be accepted starting April 6, 2020. There is no waiting period and direct deposit payments will be delivered into accounts within three business days of applicants being eligible to receive it, and cheques within 10 days. Quotes “From the beginning we have been committed to supporting all Canadians who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No one should have to worry about paying their rent or mortgage, or supporting their families. The design of the CERB is being kept as simple as possible to make it quick and easy to access for all Canadian workers.” – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion “We understand that Canadians are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we recognize the importance of getting funds into the hands of Canadians quickly and efficiently. Canadians can count on the Canada Revenue Agency to deliver these critical benefit payments to Canadians during this difficult time.” – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue “We are working to ensure every Canadian gets the money they need as quickly as possible. We expect eligible Canadians to be able to get the money they need in 3 to 5 business days.” – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board Backgrounder : Canada Emergency Response Benefit


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Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers Regarding COVID-19 Context •

Further to recent announcements by the Government of Canada to facilitate the entry of foreign workers while taking steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this document outlines the expectations for employers of temporary foreign workers.

Like all Canadians, most temporary foreign workers entering Canada are required to follow certain obligations, including self-isolation (visit the Resources section of www.canada.ca/coronavirus to learn more). Employers must not prevent workers from meeting those requirements in any way.

In addition, employers have an important role to play in helping to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This document is intended to assist employers in understanding how to fulfill that role, with a view to helping to protect the health and safety of Canadians and workers.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it is recommended that the following website be consulted regularly for the latest public health information: www.canada.ca/coronavirus.

Criteria for all Employers: 1. The worker's period of employment is intended to begin upon their arrival to Canada, and include the self-isolation period. This means that the employer must comply with all laws and policies regarding the employer-employee relationship during that period. 2. The employer must pay the worker regular pay and benefits for the self-isolation period. Specifically, for workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, the provisions of the applicable contract must be followed. For other workers, the employer must pay the worker for a minimum of 30 hours per week, and at the rate of pay specified on the Labour Market Impact Assessment. The employer can withhold standard contract deductions (e.g. Employment Insurance, housing, transportation, etc.) as per applicable Program stream requirements. The employer is not allowed to deduct any additional amounts due to the self-isolation period. Proof of wages paid should be kept. 3. The employer cannot authorize the worker to work during the self-isolation period, even if requested by the worker, with the exception of those deemed as providing an essential service by the Chief Public Health Officer. In addition, the employer cannot ask the worker to perform other duties during that period, such as building repairs or administrative tasks.


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4. The employer is responsible for regularly monitoring the health of workers who are self-isolating, as well as any employee who becomes sick after the self­ isolation period. In practice, it is suggested that the employer communicate with the worker on a daily basis (e.g. call, text, email, or in-person two metres away if no other option is available) during the self-isolation period and ask if he/she is experiencing any symptoms (see www.canada.ca/coronavirus for a list), and maintain a record of responses received. 5. If a worker becomes symptomatic at any time, the employer must immediately arrange for the worker to be fully isolated from others, and contact local public health officials. It is also suggested that the employer contact the appropriate consulate. 6. The employer must ensure that all workers have the tools needed to practice good hygiene. This includes access to facilities that enable them to wash their hands often with soap and warm water, providing soap, and providing an alcohol­ based sanitizer if soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly soiled. 7. The employer is asked to provide information to the worker on COVID-19 (see www.canada.ca/coronavirus for resources) either on or before their first day of self-isolation. With a view to promoting understanding by all workers, it is suggested that information be provided in a language the worker understands, and that consideration be given to providing this information in writing and/or orally (e.g. by phone, etc.), as appropriate. Several resources are available online. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has some materials available in several languages for use, which can be accessed by calling 1-833784-4397 or emailing phac.covid19.aspc@canada.ca. 8. Like all Canadians, the employer is asked to report a violation to the Quarantine Act on the part of a self-isolating worker to local law enforcement. This includes workers that do not respect the mandatory self-isolation period. 9. Throughout the course of this pandemic, all people in Canada, including employers, are expected to follow the latest public health requirements and/or guidance from the Government of Canada and the province/territory in which they operate. In addition, as per existing Program requirements, employers are required to follow all applicable federal and provincial/territorial employment and health and safety laws. This includes new provisions in several jurisdictions for job-protected sick leave as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Additional Criteria for Employers who Provide Accommodations: 10. The employer must house self-isolating workers in accommodations that are separate from those not subject to self-isolation. This may require finding alternate accommodations (e.g. hotel) if this requirement cannot be met. 11. The employer can house workers who are subject to self-isolation together, but the housing must enable them to be two metres apart from each other at all times. For example, beds must be at least two metres apart. Shared facilities (e.g. bathroom, kitchen, living space) are allowed, provided that there is sufficient space in the accommodations for workers to respect the self-isolation requirements. If this requirement cannot be met, alternate accommodations (e.g. hotel) may be required. In the best interest of all parties, it is recommended that date-stamped photos be taken of the facilities, including the bedroom, to demonstrate compliance. • Note: If new workers are housed for self-isolation in the same accommodations as others who are self-isolating, the clock resets to the day the most recent worker arrived. This is to account for the potential exposure of the new person from outside of the country to those already here. 12. The employer should ensure that surfaces in the accommodations are cleaned and disinfected regularly. It is suggested that surfaces in bathrooms, kitchens and common areas be cleaned and disinfected daily, or more often as required, and that a log be maintained. Workers can do this, as it constitutes essential care. The employer can also use the services of a professional cleaner, if desired. Regardless, the employer is expected to provide the cleaning materials (e.g. paper towels, household cleaning and disinfection products, dish soap and laundry soap). 13. The employer is asked to post information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the accommodations, including information that outlines best practices for workers in maintaining bathroom and other washing facilities. It is suggested that such information be posted in bathrooms, kitchens and common areas, and that it be posted in the language of the worker. Several resources are available online (visit the Resources section of www.canada.ca/coronavirus). In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has some materials available in several languages for use, which can be accessed by calling 1-833-784-4397 or emailing phac.covid19.aspc@canada.ca. 14. For the duration of the self-isolation period, the employer must ensure that the accommodations do not prevent the worker from avoiding contact with older adults (65+) and those with medical conditions who are at risk of developing serious illness. For example, a caregiver to an elderly person must be housed in separate accommodations for the duration of the self-isolation period.


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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

PROVINCE ADVISES RED RIVER FLOODWAY TO BE ACTIVATED High Water Warning Issued In Red River Valley: Schuler (April 8 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province has issued a high water warning for the Red River south of Winnipeg and is preparing to activate the Red River Floodway to manage water levels within the city of Winnipeg, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced. “As Manitoba prepares for the rising waters of the Red River, we are taking measures to protect properties that could potentially be affected by high water,” said Schuler. “We could activate the Red River Floodway for the first time in 2020 as early as the evening of Thursday, April 9.” Schuler noted standard operating procedure for the floodway gates is to wait until the river ice has broken up and cleared upstream of the floodway inlet. River ice observations indicate the ice is unlikely to clear until April 9 at the earliest and may occur a day or two later, so those levels will be monitored. Water from the Red River began to spill into the Red River Floodway naturally on April 7. The initial operation is the first of several that will roll the gates off the river bed and push more water into the floodway inlet. The gates will be raised in stages in accordance with Rule 1 of the floodway operating guidelines, which outlines normal spring operation. The province has issued a high water warning for the Red River from Emerson to the Red River Floodway inlet, just south of the city of Winnipeg, as the river is close to spilling its banks in most of the region. A high water watch has been issued for the Red River from Lockport to Netley Creek due to potential of some overland water in low-lying areas due to ice jamming. A warning is issued when river or lake levels are exceeding or are expected to exceed flood stage within the next 24 hours, whereas a watch is issued when river or lake levels are approaching and likely to reach flood stage, but unlikely within the next 24 hours. Manitoba Beef Producers @ManitobaBeef

The forecast peak flow of Red River at the floodway inlet, without further significant precipitation, is estimated to be between 68,000 and 74,000 cubic feet per second. The Red River is forecast to reach levels close to 2006 spring levels between Emerson and Letellier, and between 2006 and 2019 spring levels north of Letellier along the river. Water levels are expected to peak at Emerson between April 15 and 20 with the peak expected to reach the Red River Floodway between April 19 and 24. With the operation of the floodway, the Red River level in Winnipeg at James Avenue is expected to peak between 19 and 19.5 feet between April 13 and 17. Provincial crews are deployed in a number of communities in the Red River Valley to prepare for potential ring dike closures. Dike closures are anticipated over the weekend at West Lynn and Noyse. Partial dike closures may also be required along PR 201 on the east side of Letellier and at St. Jean Baptiste. The minister is reminding property owners to protect wells as high water rolls through the Red River Valley. If local sandbagging is required, the province has shared suggested safety measures with municipalities for crews to maintain COVID-19 safety procedures that can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/. Water levels along the Assiniboine, Souris and Pembina rivers are relatively low with no significant flooding issues. The Portage Diversion continues to operate to reduce downstream ice-jam impacts. Small ice jams may occur in Winnipeg at some of the Assiniboine River bridges. Major lakes in Manitoba are within normal or desirable operating ranges. Updated forecast information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/ floodinfo/index.html. More information for residents is available at www.gov.mb.ca/ flooding/health_safety.html and http://www.manitoba.ca/ asset_library/en/spring_outlook/wellwater_safety_factsheet.pdf. For current highway conditions and road closures, call 511 or visit www.manitoba511.ca/en/.


COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

It only takes one person to infect many. DON'T BE THAT ONE PERSON. PROTECT yourself, PROTECT your loved ones and PROTECT your community

SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

spread of viruses like COVID-19 during an outbreak. It means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not. With patience and cooperation, we can do this, and we need to do it NOW.

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whenever possible makes us all safer right now.

Handshakes and hugs are out. We need to get good at non-physical greetings like waving or nodding. Limiting unnecessary touching makes us all safer right now.

Shop wisely

Touching surfaces people touch often

Use technology to keep in touch

Contact with people at higher risk

There are things we need like groceries, fuel and the like. Where possible, use online shopping and home delivery. Please remember that panic buying is not needed. Finally remember that if you feel sick. do not go out - you must stay home.

We all need to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, especially when keeping physical distance. Phone calls, texting, and video chats are all great options.

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Walking or exercising outside is good, but keep your distance from others and avoid things like hand rails, public play structures and public phones whenever possible

We all have a responsibility to protect those in our community who are most at risk from COVID-19, which includes the elderly and those with other health conditions. We can use non-physical ways to stay in touch, and where possible we can help these people with getting groceries and other essential errands.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces often


NEW MEASURES TO ENFORCE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC Enhanced Ticketing Capacity and Pre-Set Fines will Protect Manitobans, Help Flatten the Curve: Premier and Mayor (April 9 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg are working in collaboration for an ‘Operation Safe Apart’ pandemic public health enforcement strategy, including new pre-set fines for individuals or business owners who disregard public health orders, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced today. “Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and the majority of Manitobans are adhering to good social distancing practices and changing how they operate at home, in their community and within their business,” said Pallister. “Unfortunately, there is still a need to have additional measures in place to address situations where people are ignoring the advice of our health experts. These changes will give enforcement officers more tools to help curb the spread of the virus.” In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the province declared a state of emergency on March 20, which included orders under The Public Health Act to help reduce the spread of the virus including:

with bylaw officer and support from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) where required. required.

“I want to thank all those who are doing their part by staying home, practising physical distancing and respecting the measures put in place by the Manitoba government,” said Bowman. “While most in our community are doing their part, there are some who are not getting the message. I hope education and awareness will be sufficient and enforcement won’t be required but in the event it is, these measures will help protect the safety of Winnipeggers.” To support these efforts, Manitoba Justice is partnering with City of Winnipeg to create enforcement units, with WPS acting in an assistance role, in ‘Operation Safe Apart’. These units will be dedicated to enforcing orders along with providing awareness and prevention, responding to complaints and supporting bylaw enforcement officers. In Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made by calling: 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca, or Twitter: @cityofwinnipeg.

Measures involving public health officers working in • restrictions on public gatherings to 10 or fewer conjunction with local police services, First Nation police services and the RCMP are also in place for people, municipalities outside of Winnipeg. Plans are • require the closure of non-essential underway to expand these and adopt measures similar businesses, and • enforcement of social distancing measures by to those announced today for Winnipeg. These include engaging municipal bylaw officers, community businesses and services that remain open including ensuring a two-metre distance is kept and First Nation safety officers, community volunteer groups such as Citizens on Patrol, and Manitoba between people in the facility or premises. Conservation officers who will work with respective police services.

Effective immediately, fine amounts for breaching these emergency orders will be set at $486 for individuals and $2,542 for businesses. Manitoba will be implementing a multi-tiered enforcement approach to enforcing orders, which will include public education, written warning or ultimately, enforcement actions such as ticketing or arrest if necessary, the premier said. In Winnipeg, the province is working in close collaboration with the City of Winnipeg, which will

utilise Community Service Ambassadors to participate in public education and awareness,

Outside of Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry (MGI) inquiry line at 204-945-3744 or by email at mgi@gov.mb.ca. “We must to everything we can to protect our most valuable service – our health-care system –and our most vulnerable citizens,” said Pallister. “These orders will help save lives and changing how we ensure compliance will help us flatten the COVID curve.” More information about Manitoba’s response to COVID-19 is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.


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A message from the Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development To our valued producers: This has been a difficult time as the usual optimism of springtime has been replaced by uncertainty for Manitoba farmers, families and communities due to Covid-19. Food production is an essential service in Manitoba and our government is helping the agriculture and food industry to work through challenges posed by Covid-19.

Blaine Pedersen Minister of Agriculture & Resource Development

Our government recognizes the importance of a secure food supply to the health of our families and our economy and is taking actions to support this priority. On March 31, 2020, essential services were identified, including agriculture and food production, food safety and logistics. We are working with the federal government to ensure the border stays open to essential transportation of goods and animals.

We have also lifted spring road restrictions for transporting essential products. As you continue to produce beef for grateful customers here at home and beyond, it is important that you too take the necessary steps to protect the health of yourself, your family and your farm business. Although there is uncertainty about what is on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are committed to continuing to work with the beef industry to help position the industry for opportunities and to navigate barriers during this difficult time and in the future. If you can, please consider how you can support your friends and neighbours in need.

Manitoba Student Loan Repayments Suspended To Lessen Cost Burden During Pandemic (April 7 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province is suspending repayment of Manitoba Student Aid loans for six months to reduce the financial burden on postsecondary students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister and Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “During these uncertain times, Manitobans need to pull together to help each other,” said Pallister. “While people, businesses and organizations across our province co-operate to try to flatten the curve on COVID-19 and reduce its spread, it’s important that our government also do its part to assist those carrying a heavier financial burden during this public health emergency. With this suspension of loan repayments, we are giving a helping hand to Manitobans who have invested in postsecondary education.” Effective April 1, the Department of Economic Development and Training has suspended all repayments of loans under the Manitoba Student Aid Program through Sept. 30. The temporary stoppage of repayments parallels a similar suspension put in place by the federal government under the Canada Student Loan Program, also through Sept. 30. Manitoba Economic Development and Training had been scheduled to receive a total of about $1 million in repayments on April 1 from Manitoba Student Aid borrowers.

The suspension of repayments from April 1 through Sept. 30 will defer the collection of up to $7 million for 2020-21. “Manitobans carrying student loan debt have become vulnerable to programming and labour market changes resulting from COVID-19,” said Eichler. “This deferral of loan repayments is going to significantly lessen the hardship for them, at a time when they really need it.” Manitoba Student Aid loan disbursements, including tuition and grant payments, will continue to be made to students as scheduled while repayments are suspended. During the deferral period, the program will accept payments from borrowers who choose to repay loans through cheque or electronic fund transfers. The overall impact of COVID-19 on Manitoba Student Aid will be assessed as the situation evolves. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/ bg/2020/04/covid19.html .


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COVID-19 Resources Please visit the Government of Manitoba or the Public Health Agency of Canada for reliable information about COVID-19. For the latest industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ -

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada (GoC) to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring Canadians have continued access to nutritious beef products is a top priority in these discussions. For updates, information and practical resources to help navigate the challenging landscape of COVID-19, please https://www.cattle.ca/ cca-resources/covid-19/

Headline News U.S. to probe surging beef prices, falling cattle prices during coronavirus pandemic Physical distancing appears to be working in Manitoba — prepare to keep at it until the leaves turn Quarantine nation: Inside the lockdown that will change Canada forever Making more of less: How COVID-19 is impacting food production in Canada Google publishes tracking data showing 59 per cent drop in normal movement patterns


ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

Symptoms may be very mild or more serious. They may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

FEVER

COUGH

DIFFICULTY BREATHING

Coronaviruses are most commonly SPREAD from an infected person through: ► respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze ► close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands ► touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to: ► wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds ► avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands ► avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you have SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 - fever, cough, or difficulty breathing: ► stay home to avoid spreading it to others if you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance ► call ahead before you visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions ► if you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and tell them your symptoms.

► when coughing or sneezing: cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards ► clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electronic devices and doorknobs. ► stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others

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Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers,

Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions. SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by May 8, 2020. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.



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Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (April 8 Department of Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada announced that is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and employers facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau provided further details on the eligibility criteria for businesses to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). These details will ensure that the proposed CEWS meets the government’s objective to support the employers that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the jobs Canadians depend on during these difficult times. The proposed CEWS would provide a strong incentive for employers to pay employees who have been sent home for health and safety reasons or due to lack of work. It would also enable employers to retain employees who are still on the payroll and rehire workers who have been previously laid off. The proposed CEWS would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities. An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to make best efforts to bring employees’ wages to their pre-crisis levels. As well, the Government is proposing that employers eligible for the CEWS be entitled to receive a 100-percent refund for certain employer-paid contributions to Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan, and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan. This refund would apply to the entire amount of employer-paid contributions in respect of remuneration paid to furloughed employees in a period where the employer is eligible for the CEWS. This will make it easy and cost effective for employers to rehire people previously laid off. In order to address the realities faced by the not-forprofit sector, high growth companies and new businesses, the Government proposes the following additional flexibility:

• To measure their revenue loss, it is proposed that all employers have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020. • For March, the Government proposes to make the CEWS more accessible than originally announced by reducing the 30-per-cent benchmark to 15per cent, in recognition of the fact that many businesses did not begin to be affected by the crisis until partway through the month. • In recognition that the time between when revenue is earned and when it is paid could be highly variable in certain sectors of the economy, it is proposed that employers be allowed to measure revenues either on the basis of accrual accounting (as they are earned) or cash accounting (as they are received). Special rules would also be provided to address issues for corporate groups, nonarms length entities and jjoint ventures. • Registered charities and non-profit organizations would also be able to benefit from the additional flexibilities being provided to employers with respect to the revenue loss calculation. In addition, to recognize that different types of organizations are experiencing different types of funding pressures, it is proposed that charities and non-profit organizations be allowed to choose to include or exclude government funding in their revenues for the purpose of applying the revenue reduction test. The government will continue to carefully monitor all developments relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to take further action to protect Canadians and the economy. Quotes “The government will continue to do whatever it takes to support Canadians and the economy during this very difficult time. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is one of the tools we have proposed to help businesses and workers. We are listening to the feedback that Canadians and the business community have provided and will make sure this subsidy serves the needs of Canadians.” Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance “We’ve heard the voices of small business owners and employers from across the country. These enhancements to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will mean more flexibility and support for start-ups, high-growth companies, and non-profit organisations. We continue to listen, and we’ll be there for Canadian businesses every step of the way through this unprecedented challenge.” Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Continued on page 10


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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - continued from page nine Quick facts The government has taken action to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that: • Launch the new Canada Emergency Business Account. This program will provide $25 billion in total funding consisting of interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits in all sectors and regions. To qualify, organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 and $1 million in total payroll in 2019. These loans – guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada – will ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need so they can pay for rent and other important costs over the next number of months. • Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada, for small businesses to help weather the impacts of COVID-19. This is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements. The program will allow eligible businesses to access up to $12.5 million in additional financing support. • Increase credit available for farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.

• Extend the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. • Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. • Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as GST and customs duty payments owed for imports. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cashflow challenges across the country. Related products • Additional details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy


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Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (April 6 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada continues to take action to support Canadians and their families impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, together with the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government, announced that Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) at Canada.ca/coronavirus. The Government of Canada is working day and night to ensure Canadians have access to the CERB in the simplest and fastest way possible. Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19 can expect their payment in 3 to 5 business days from when they apply if they are using direct deposit. That means most Canadians who are eligible will receive $2,000 before the end of next week. Canadians looking to get more information about the CERB or, who are unable to apply online, can call the tollfree telephone line at 1-833-966-2099. To help manage the volume of applications through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Service Canada, applicants will be asked to apply over four days depending on their month of birth. In addition, Shared Services Canada has also increased the bandwidth capacity of the network infrastructure supporting the CRA, including the My Account secure online portal. Canadians who have already applied for EI do not need to reapply. To date, over 1.2 million of the EI applications received since March 15, 2020 have been processed through the new CERB. The Government of Canada remains fully committed to supporting all Canadians during this global pandemic. The Government will continue to carefully consider any additional steps it can take to do just that. Quotes “The Government of Canada is fully committed to ensuring Canadian families have the support they need through these difficult times. Our priority is to ensure that Canadians receive the money they need as quickly as possible.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian workers and their families facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today marks the launch of an unprecedented measure to help Canadian workers through an extraordinary time. This new benefit will help Canadian workers pay their bills and keep a roof over their head.” – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion “Our top priority is to get funds into the hands of Canadians quickly and efficiently. Thousands of CRA employees across the country have been reassigned to bolster our call centre capacity, and our systems have been tested in anticipation of the expected record volumes starting April 6. CERB recipients will see the money in their registered direct deposit bank account within 3 to 5 business days or through the mail within 10 business days. Canadians can count on the CRA to deliver these critical benefit payments during this unprecedented and challenging time.” – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue “Canadians are unable to work due to COVID-19 pandemic are counting on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help them pay their bills and provide for their families. Shared Services Canada is working to provide the necessary IT support to the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada so that they can deliver this benefit quickly, easily and securely.” – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government Quick facts • The CERB is available from March 15, 2020, to October 3, 2020. Eligible workers can apply no later than December 2, 2020. • Direct deposit payments will be delivered into accounts within 3 business days of applicants being eligible to receive it, and cheques within 10 days. To ensure timely delivery of their payments and avoid any potential payment disruptions, Canadians should sign up for direct deposit. • The CERB will support Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 by providing $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Some examples of support to workers provided by the CERB include: o workers, including those who are self-employed, who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support; o workers who have lost their employment, as well as workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19; o working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures; and o workers who are still employed, but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work. Associated links • Canada Emergency Response Benefit


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University of Manitoba Offers Job Posting Service to Producers The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is offering Manitoba farmers individualized support in posting a job for the 2020 growing season on the University of Manitoba job boards. Postings will reach students who are studying agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering and others; farmers may target students from specific disciplines. PPositions must be paid and can be casual, part-time or full-time. Positions must start after April 27th 2020. Applications from students will be sent to farmers following their posting deadlines. Contact Kalynn Spain, Job Placement Coordinator for the Faculty, for further details: Kalynn.Spain@umanitoba.ca







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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MANITOBA FLOOD INFORMATION Some parts of Manitoba have been affected by flooding in recent days. Information in this regard can be found at a couple of key provincial government websites. The site https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/index.html contains links related to resources such as: flood preparedness, health and safety, managing stress, evacuations, road information, information, and the flood recovery process. Manitoba’s Hydrologic Forecast Center (HFC) provides an array of technical information. Forecasts during the flood event provide daily flows and levels forecasts as the runoff develops. The HFC also provides daily forecasts for flows and levels at key locations during the open water season as needed. Forecasts are issued as flood sheets, daily flood reports, and flood media bulletins. For example, this includes information on lake levels, river flows, and the operation of key infrastructure such as the Portage Diversion, Red River Floodway, Shellmouth Dam and Reservoir and the Fairford River Water Control Structure. See: https://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/ index.html#forecasts_reports

Some useful contact information is as follows: Flood Information Line 204-945-1165 1-855-415-4530 (toll free) Email: floodinfo@gov.mb.ca Hydro Emergency Contact 204-480-5900 1-888-624-9376 (toll-free) Disaster Financial Assistance - EMO 204-945-3050 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: dfa@gov.mb.ca Emergency Measures Organization - EMO 204-945-4772 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: emo@gov.mb.ca


ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

Symptoms may be very mild or more serious. They may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

FEVER

COUGH

DIFFICULTY BREATHING

Coronaviruses are most commonly SPREAD from an infected person through: ► respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze ► close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands ► touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to: ► wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds ► avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands ► avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you have SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 - fever, cough, or difficulty breathing: ► stay home to avoid spreading it to others if you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance ► call ahead before you visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions ► if you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and tell them your symptoms.

► when coughing or sneezing: cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards ► clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electronic devices and doorknobs. ► stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others

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Current State of Emergency and Public Health Orders April 17, 2020 The Manitoba government declared a provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act on March 20, 2020, to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of Covid-19. The chief provincial public health officer issued new public health orders that take effect on April 17, 2020 and will be in effect until May 1, 2020. They mandate that anyone entering Manitoba, regardless of whether it was from another country or another province must self-isolate for 14 days. This does not include: • workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services; • workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work; • health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and • normal personal travel in border communities. In addition, travel to northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel of latitude) is prohibited with some exceptions, including: • residents of northern and remote communities may continue to move within the north; • delivery of goods and services may continue; and • exceptions include those who travel to the north for employment, medical treatment or to facilitate child custody agreements. The new orders maintain the gathering size of no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor premises. Additional updates include: • a clarification that businesses not listed as critical may operate, and have customers attend to pick up ordered items , providing social distancing measures are in place; • a provision to allow farmers markets to operate, providing social distancing measures are in place; • hotels may operate, but must close common areas such as pools, hot tubs and game rooms;

• campgrounds can provide accommodation to recreational vehicles that act as a primary residence; • garden centres can operate, providing social distancing measures are in place; and • appliance, electronic and furniture stores are excluded, and should not be open to the public, except where orders are placed remotely and orders are delivered or picked up with social distancing measures in place. The following restrictions remain in place as they were with previous orders: • All restaurants and other commercial facilities are prohibited from serving food to customers in their premises. This prevents eat-in dining at all facilities. However, restaurants and other commercial facilities can prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout. If this takes place, the operator of the restaurant must ensure that all persons maintain the appropriate social distancing from other customers when picking up food. • All businesses that are not listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order must remain closed. • This closure order does not prevent these businesses from operating on a remote basis. • A business may accept orders on the Internet, or over the phone for delivery or pickup. • The order does not prevent employees or others from coming into the business to perform repairs, to provide security services or to take out items from the business premises if the business is going to operate on a remote basis. • Nothing in the order restricts the operations of delivery of services by the federal or provincial governments or a municipality. • Nothing in the order restricts any activities of a publicly-funded agency, organization or authority that delivers or supports government operations or services, including health-care services. This means the order does not affect institutions, agencies and other service providers who provide healthcare services such as hospitals, regional health authorities and private agencies who provide a range of health services.


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Temporary reduction of service at some low traffic Canadian land border crossings (April 14, 2020 Canada Border Services Agency News Release)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the temporary reduction of service hours at certain low-traffic ports of entry (POE) along the Canada-United States land border. These COVID-19 related measures are temporary and in effect as of April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. They will remain in effect until further notice. The Government of Canada continues to introduce border measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada. All non-essential travel into Canada continues to be prohibited. The CBSA will proceed with the temporary reduction of service hours at a total of 27 locations. Economic supply chains and trade will remain open and we will work to ensure that access to goods and services is not interrupted. As such, these changes should not affect commercial traffic. The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities, and are able to provide and access essential goods and services. Coulter, Manitoba Goodlands, Manitoba Gretna, Manitoba Lena, Manitoba Windygates, Manitoba Winkler, Manitoba

Quick facts • This temporary reduction of service hours will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves. • As of March 21, there is a temporary 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the CanadaU.S. border, including but not limited to tourism and recreation. • Travellers who are granted entry into Canada will be informed of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement. This is mandatory for all coming into Canada even if they do not have any symptoms, as they are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others. If they do have symptoms, they will be provided a mask and referred to a health professional. • Travellers will also be required to provide their contact information and place of isolation to help PHAC monitor and enforce compliance with the 14self-isolation requirement.

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To see the full list of changes go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/border-services-agency/ news/2020/04/covid-19--temporary-reduction-of-serviceat-canadian-land-border-crossings.html


COVID-19 Resources Please visit the Government of Manitoba or the Public Health Agency of Canada for reliable information about COVID-19. For the latest industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ -

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada (GoC) to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring Canadians have continued access to nutritious beef products is a top priority in these discussions. For updates, information and practical resources to help navigate the challenging landscape of COVID-19, please https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/

Headline News CCA Holds Virtual Town Hall Meeting To Discuss COVID-19 Impacts Coronavirus: Manitoba farmers taking one day at a time as planting season looms Winkler, Man. pilot gets bird’s eye view of Red River flooding Comment: Talking to the new CCA president


COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

It only takes one person to infect many. DON'T BE THAT ONE PERSON. PROTECT yourself, PROTECT your loved ones and PROTECT your community

SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

spread of viruses like COVID-19 during an outbreak. It means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not. With patience and cooperation, we can do this, and we need to do it NOW.

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Expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers (April 15, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is taking significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member. This is why the government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a taxable benefit of $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months for eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the government is stepping up to better support those who need help but don't qualify for the CERB, and Canadians working in essential jobs who make less than they would if they received the benefit. To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to: • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB. • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed particular demands on low-income workers in certain sectors, including those on the front-line in hospitals and nursing homes, those ensuring the integrity of the food supply, or providing essential retail services to Canadians.

In recognition that these essential workers’ salaries are often less or similar than what they would receive from the CERB, the government will work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share a temporary top-up to the salaries of workers deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19, who make less than $2,500 a month. Details as to the application and delivery of this measure will be released shortly following further work with provinces and territories. This measure could help several million workers currently involved in the COVID-19 response. The government will continue to look for ways to better help all Canadians during this difficult time. Quick Facts • The government is working to get money into the pockets of Canadians as quickly as possible. Canadians begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. Canadians will have to apply every four weeks, attesting that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the CERB payment, which will be available to individuals for a maximum of 16 weeks, until October 3, 2020. • The more accessible CERB and the top-up for low-income essential workers are part of the government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which committed$107 billion in support to Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

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Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers,

Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions. SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by May 8, 2020. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


Status of Environmental Farm Plan Program Workshops The following is some information from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD) regarding the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Program in-person workshops.

NOTE: EFP's must be renewed every five years to remain valid. Check the date of your Statement of Completion to ensure you will be eligible to apply for financial assistance under Ag Action Manitoba.

*DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, NO further in-person workshops will be scheduled until FURTHER NOTICE. If you are interested in participating in an EFP workshop, please call your nearest Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office to be put on a WAITING LIST. Indicate if it is urgent. We are currently exploring options to deliver workshops remotely via an online platform. Once that is planned, you will be called if you would be available to participate on the date chosen.

Contact information for your local MARD office can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/contact/ index.html


Adjustments Made to Canada Emergency Business Account (April 16, Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and are vital for our families and communities across the country. They are facing economic hardship and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Government of Canada is working around the clock to give these businesses the support they need so they can continue to make our country strong at this critical time. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job. The Government of Canada is: • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new range will replace the previous one of between $50,000 and $1 million, and will help address the challenges faced by small businesses to cover non-deferrable operating costs. Since the launch of the CEBA on April 9, 2020, more than 195,000 loans have been approved by financial institutions, extending more than $7.5 billion in credit to small businesses. • Announcing its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners

who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. We are working with the provinces and territories to increase rent support for businesses that are most impacted by the pandemic and we will have more details to share soon. These measures are part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which has committed more than $107 billion in support to Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the pandemic. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and take additional actions as needed to protect the health and safety of Canadians and stabilize the economy.

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Government of Canada provides $20 million to safeguard Canada's food supply by supporting critical food inspection services The CFIA and the provinces and territories are The Government of Canada is providing $20 million to the already working together to safeguard the CFIA to support critical food inspection that help to ensure Canadian food supply during the COVID-19 that Canadians will have continued access to safe, high-quality pandemic. This funding will also support the food to feed their families. training of provincial food inspectors so they can provide assistance to the CFIA as needed. In some The funding was announced by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, provinces, it may entail training CFIA inspectors to Minister of Health, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, support provincial food inspection activities. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. This investment will allow the CFIA to hire, train and equip additional staff While the CFIA works to keep food safe and protect (including recently retired CFIA inspectors and veterinarians) the health of animals and plants during this to conduct critical inspection activities, reassign staff from pandemic, it is also looking at ways to introduce within the Agency to focus on critical services, and work closer flexibility where possible. For example, the CFIA is with industry and trading partners to minimize supply making packaged food intended for use by disruptions during this crisis. restaurants and hotels more easily available for (April 14, 2020 Canadian Food Inspection Agency News Release)

sale at retail outlets and grocery stores. This will The funding will also support the CFIA in developing flexible help to make more food products available to ways to carry out inspections, including through the expanded Canadians while reducing food waste and use of electronic tools such as tablets and access to the CFIA's supporting businesses without compromising food remote service delivery network. This increase in safety. competencies will ensure that the CFIA can remain agile and responsive despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.


Manitoba Government to Connect Businesses, Non-Profit and Charities To Support Programs Impacted By COVID-19 (April 13, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has engaged Manitoba-based business, 24-7 Intouch, to help businesses, not-for-profits and charities facing economic challenges due to COVID-19 connect with support programs, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “Manitoba’s small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of our economy and they are facing pressures in ways we’ve never seen before because of the global pandemic,” said Pallister. “We want to help organizations navigate and leverage the resources available to them so they can be in a better position to rebound from the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19, and continue offering services and creating jobs into the future.” Pallister estimated more than 65,000 Manitoba businesses are eligible for federal support programs, such as the 75 per cent wage subsidy and Canada Emergency Business Account, which offers interest-free loans up to $40,000. The Manitoba government recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) from organizations that could operate a secure call centre to help inform and guide stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 24-7 Intouch, a Winnipeg-based global leader in the inbound customer-care industry, has been awarded the contract.

The province is in the process of working with 24-7 Intouch to establish this important service in the coming days. Strict privacy protocols, including the use of personal and business information, will be in place. It will offer bilingual service with the capacity to offer assistance in other languages spoken in Manitoba. The premier noted the centre will offer a two-stream process to identify and reach out to identified and prioritized businesses and stakeholders that have been impacted by COVID-19 to offer help, and answer incoming calls and questions. In order to protect the privacy and security of those using this service, outbound calls will not ask for confidential information as their purpose is to advise of the services available and encourage the use the inbound line. Details such as call centre phone number and hours of operation will be available in the days ahead. Businesses are encouraged to regularly check the Manitoba government website to view an updated list of available federal and provincial supports at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/ business/index.html. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html .

Province Announces Up to $1 Billion to Support COVID-19 Fight (April 15, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Releases)

The Manitoba government is releasing up to $1 billion to support the government’s ongoing actions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “We are facing significant fiscal pressures as a result of the necessary shutdown of large parts of our economy as well as from the large expenses we hadn’t budgeted for that are now required to keep Manitobans safe,” said Pallister. “By increasing our spending power, we have funds at hand to quickly help those in need, whether it’s delivering personal protective equipment and other resources to front-line workers, helping families through access to child care and other supports, and aiding businesses through tax deferrals and other measures.”

According to the Estimates of Expenditure documents tabled April 15, additional spending authority of up to $1 billion of COIVD-19 pandemic-related spending is requested to be allocated as follows: • $500 million for the Health Services Insurance Fund, • $400 million for the internal service adjustments appropriations of government, and • $100 million for emergency expenditures. Half of the investment would be directly available for health-care costs, while $400 million would be available for allocation to new COVID-19 pandemic-related costs across the whole of government, allowing the flexibility to create Continued on next page


$1 Billion to fight COVID-19 (cont. from page 14) new government programs or support services for Manitobans, or addressing increased costs under existing programs whose volumes have increased as a result of the pandemic. The province would also double the emergency expenditures budget with a second commitment of $100 million to address the costs of potential natural disasters later in the fiscal year, such as floods and forest fires, or even cover new emergency costs relating to the pandemic should they arise. The existing funding for emergency expenditures has been fully expended to cover COVID-19 costs. “We want to ensure we have available funds to meet

anticipated and unexpected costs this fiscal year as a result of the pandemic,” said Finance Minister Scott Fielding. “We are closely monitoring the costs and resources required across government, such as procurement costs for PPE and other medical supplies for the health-care system, as well as funds needed by other departments, such as Manitoba Justice and Manitoba Families, to keep facilities safe for the Manitobans who rely on them.” The province is tracking all costs and expenses centrally for government departments and other reporting entities, and the premier noted full documentation of these additional funds spent will be provided in the second quarter financial update, nine months sooner than would normally occur.

Internet-Based Therapy Service Program to Help Manitobans Cope With COVID-19 Anxiety Now Live (April 16, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

A digital cognitive behavioural therapy program to support the mental health of Manitobans and help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is now up and running, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “We recognize many Manitobans are living with anxiety and stress posed by this pandemic,” said Pallister. “Our government is committed to helping Manitobans navigate this challenging and unprecedented time. You are not alone, we will get through this together.” The AbilitiCBT program is a free and confidential virtual-therapy platform and has proven to be one of the most effective and efficient therapy methods available, the premier added.

• learn what anxiety is and how it affects their emotions, mind, body and behaviour; • reduce anxiety by learning cognitive behavioral-therapy skills and using them to change responses to triggers; and • develop coping strategies to track and reduce anxiety and better manage daily activities. The premier noted people do not need to be referred to the program by a doctor, they can start at any time by completing the online assessment on the website. Once people register online, they are asked to download an app, as well as to complete and submit a health-screening questionnaire. A therapist will reach out within three days to book an initial assessment by phone.

People will then complete 10 modules on the app at their own pace, As of this morning, close to 600 individuals have registered for the while the therapist tracks and monitors progress. There will be program, and are now using the virtual-therapy platform with more scheduled check-ins along the way by phone, chat or through a video check-in to make sure people are getting the help they need. signing up daily. The program is guided by professional therapists and addresses mild to moderate anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics: • uncertainty, • physical isolation,

The internet-based cognitive behavioural-therapy service is free of charge to all Manitobans 16 years old and over. Services are available in English and French. The program can be accessed at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

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Keeping Canadians and workers in the food supply chain safe (April 13, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is announcing $50 million to help farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers, put in place the measures necessary to follow the mandatory 14-day isolation period required of all workers arriving from abroad.

In addition to the responsibility of paying the workers for the two weeks during which time they cannot work, many employers are also responsible for providing workers with transportation and accommodations, as well as access to food and basic supplies needed to meet all of the conditions imposed by public health authorities.

Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is the clear top priority in managing COVID-19, so the Government of Canada is working very closely with provinces, territories and stakeholders to maintain the strength of Canada’s food supply chain. Before the pandemic, the food sector was already challenged by significant labour shortages and it is anticipated there will be even more jobs to fill, requiring a variety of skills.

Recognizing the importance of this responsibility, the federal government will provide support of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to employers or those working with them to ensure requirements are fully met. The funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the mandatory 14-day isolation protocols or any other public health order. This program will be available as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the isolation protocol is

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quality foods to be sold at affordable prices relies upon the contributions of experienced temporary foreign workers right from planting season to harvest—particularly for fresh fruits and vegetables. Fish, seafood and meat processing plants are also reliant on the addition of these workers.

As labour circumstances are different across regions in Canada, the Government will work with interested provinces and territories in the coming days to ensure this funding is delivered in a manner that meets their needs and best ensures quarantine requirements are met.

This is an important reason why the Government of Canada granted an exemption for temporary foreign workers from travel restrictions to Canada, along with other foreigners with student and work visas, provided they adhere to a strict 14-day isolation protocol upon arrival.

Quick facts • Temporary foreign workers play an important role in the Canadian economy with approximately 50,000 to 60,000 foreign agricultural, food and fish processing workers coming to work in Canada each year, which accounts for more than 60% of all foreign workers entering Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. • Each year, despite the fact that the agricultural sector receives approximately 60,000 foreign workers, around 15,000 jobs remain vacant. • No travellers including temporary foreign workers who present with COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to board international flights to Canada. • This support is available for all food production firms that rely on temporary foreign workers, including primary agriculture and food processing, as well as fisheries and aquaculture.

The rules of the mandatory isolation period have been clearly defined and distributed to the employers, who themselves are committed to protecting the health of their communities and their workers. Government authorities will continue to proactively communicate and engage with employers, source countries and other stakeholders on public health requirements. Those who do not comply with the Quarantine Act or the isolation protocol will face severe fines and sanctions. Under proposed changes, employers could also face significant penalties, and a possible ban from the program, if they prevent adherence to the self-isolation order.


University of Manitoba Offers Job Posting Service to Producers The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is offering Manitoba farmers individualized support in posting a job for the 2020 growing season on the University of Manitoba job boards. Postings will reach students who are studying agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering and others; farmers may target students from specific disciplines. PPositions must be paid and can be casual, part-time or full-time. Positions must start after April 27th 2020. Applications from students will be sent to farmers following their posting deadlines. Contact Kalynn Spain, Job Placement Coordinator for the Faculty, for further details: Kalynn.Spain@umanitoba.ca


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E-Newsletter April 24, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Public Insurance to Issue Rebate Cheques To Policyholders (April 23 Manitoba Public Insurance News Release)

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is returning up to $110 million to provide financial relief to its policyholders, Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton announced.

adversely impact the corporation’s financial outcomes moving forward. It feels right to give back to our customers when they need it the most.”

Details of the rebates will be made in the coming weeks “Many Manitobans have been financially impacted by this crisis,” said Wharton. “MPI is proactively providing relief when and further details will be available at www.mpi.mb.ca/Pages/Home.aspx. it is needed most by issuing rebates to its customers as an alternative to future reduced premiums.” In addition to rebating excess capital from the last Rebates will be based on what policyholders paid last year and financial year, MPI notes that as of mid-April, collision expected to be around 11 per cent, or between $140 to $160, claims are down 48 per cent compared to the same month a year ago. MPI estimates that public health per average policyholder, the minister noted, adding policyholders can expect a rebate cheque at the end of May to orders directing the public to stay at home and for nonessential businesses to cease direct interaction with the early June. public have resulted in approximately $29 million in fewer basic claims being incurred between March 15 This surplus is the result of fewer claims during this COVID and April 15, 2020. period, coupled with strong year-end financial results. As a public insurance model, MPI operates on a break-even basis Under existing legislation, MPI is able to return and is required to maintain its reserves at a level set by legislation. Today’s rebate is possible because MPI’s reserves approximately $50 million to its ratepayers and will are exceptionally strong, allowing excess capital to be returned require the approval of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) for the additional $60 million. MPI will apply to to ratepayers while ensuring its reserves are fully funded. the PUB in the coming days in respect of the incremental $60 million in order to be able to return “This money is expected to provide financial assistance to these amounts to Manitoba ratepayers. If PUB approval Manitobans during this unprecedented crisis,” said Ben Graham, president and CEO, MPI. “We have made significant is obtained in the next few weeks, the entire $110 million will be returned as part of the rebate cheques improvements in our operations to deliver value to mailed to Manitobans. Manitobans resulting in stronger financial results. “With a healthy reserve fund, MPI is in a strong financial situation to move forward with these rebate cheques to support our customers. This rebate to our customers will not adversely impact the corporation’s financial outcomes moving forward. It feels right to give back to our customers when they need it the most.”

Based on current projections, MPI is confident that due to the extension of public health orders and the provincial state of emergency extending until May 18, related savings to the corporation will continue into the foreseeable future.


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For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/

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Province Announces Up To $120 Million for Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan Initiative Will Help Students and Employers, Stimulate Manitoba’s Economy During an Unprecedented Summer: Pallister (April 24 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has launched the Summer Student Recovery Plan, a new wage subsidy program to support high school and post-secondary students employed in the private and non-profit sectors, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “The new wage subsidy program will support our students and connect them to summer jobs that help pay for their studies and also provide the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,” said Pallister. “Students can help businesses adapt their workplaces for social distancing as work resumes and this new wage subsidy program will help offset staffing costs in this challenging time.” Under the new program, up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to Manitoba students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students. Reimbursement will be provided at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages. Employers must place students in jobs that can be accommodated under current public health orders and

be able to adapt to recommendations provided by public health officials over the summer. For the first two weeks of the program, priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government assistance programs. “While we work toward carefully re-opening our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, more opportunities will be available for students as the summer progresses,” said Pallister. “Our students need the support and experience, and the Summer Student Recovery Plan will help stimulate our economy and move Manitoba forward.” In addition to the subsidy program, Manitoba recently announced that it is deferring payments on student loans which will assist post-secondary students who are affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, the Premier noted. For more info on the programs, including how employers can apply for the wage subsidy, visit www.manitoba.ca/ covid19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

AgriStability 2020 enrollment deadline extended (April 17, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The AgriStability enrollment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended without penalty, from April 30th to July 3, 2020. This extension will allow farmers more time to sign up and benefit from the program. This exceptional step, agreed to by federal, provincial, and territorial governments, will enable the program to help more farmers manage the impact of current market disruptions, increased expenses, and production challenges facing many farm operations.

Farmers experiencing losses are encouraged to apply for interim payments under AgriStability for more rapid support. For more information: contact the AgriStability Administration. AgriStability is delivered in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Yukon by the federal government. The information on this website refers to deadlines and other delivery details for these provinces and Territory only.


Province to Provide $120 Million of Support to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Harmed by COVID-19 (April 22 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is providing up to $120 million to support Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses that are facing significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are struggling right now and we want to support them,” said Pallister. “Our government has been listening and working diligently with chambers of commerce across the province, business and retail councils, industry and trade associations and various stakeholders to identity where the greatest need is and to maximize the recovery opportunities for Manitoba’s business sector.” The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is available to any of the approximately 120,000 businesses in Manitoba who have fallen into a gap in failing to qualify for the various federal government assistance programs and wage subsidies created because of COVID-19. If one in six businesses have fallen into that gap that would mean approximately 20,000 Manitoba businesses would be entitled to this support, the premier noted. The province will advance each eligible business the noninterest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000, for a total of up to $120 million. The loan will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020, if the recipient attests at that time the business has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Business Account, as well as sector-specific grant federal programs specifically developed in response to the pandemic.

If the applicant has received benefits under a federal COVID program, then the loan will be added to the recipient’s 2020 tax bill. “We are acting on the advice from industry and are committed to working in partnership with our municipal and federal governments and various associations that are impacted by this pandemic so we’ll make the right decisions, in the right way, at the right time to maximize our recovery efforts for the benefit of all Manitobans,” said Pallister. To be eligible for the MGPP funding, a business must: • have been operational on March 20, 2020, the date the Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act because of COVID-19; • have temporarily ceased or curtailed operations as a result of a COVID-19 public health order and have been harmed by the health order; • be registered and in good standing with the Manitoba Business and Corporate Registry; • have not qualified for federal government COVID-19 grant support; and • have an email address and a bank account.

Agroclimate Impact Reporters Needed Help protect Canadian agriculture by spending 5 minutes a month to report on the impacts of weather in your area. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has created the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) an online tool that allows producers across Canada to submit reports on how weather and climate conditions are affecting their farm operations.

AIR is currently looking for volunteers to contribute to this cool citizen-science project. Information from AIR helps AAFC and the agriculture sector to better-understand the local and regional effects of agroclimate conditions and identify emerging risks to the broader agricultural sector. For more information and to join the survey, please visit: www.agr.gc.ca/air


Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19 (April 22, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to support their future. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for postsecondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching: • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020. • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID 19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

• double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled. • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year. • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350. • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21. • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada. Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and experience many students were counting on. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians.

COVID-19 Phishing Scams There have been reports of multiple scams related to COVID-19. Manitobans are advised not to provide any financial data, hang up on the caller and to report the call to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at (toll-free) 1-888-495-8501 or visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website for more information.


Workers Compensation Board Returns $37-Million Surplus to Provide Financial Relief to Employers (April 21, 2020 Government of Manitoba/WCB News Release)

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is returning a $37-million surplus to provide financial relief to eligible employers in the province, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic impact on employers across the province, with businesses especially hurting right now, and we’re working across government and with our partners to find ways to provide relief to employers that need it,” said Pallister. “Given the economic uncertainties, these actions will provide money to employers at a time where cash flow is a challenge.” The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) board of directors has approved and authorized further relief for employers who fund the WCB by returning approximately $37 million in surplus funds. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the majority of our customers and we have actively explored how we can help mitigate the financial impact to employers,” said Michael Werier, chairperson of the WCB. “With a healthy reserve fund, we are pleased to provide a refund of approximately 20 per cent to employers to help bolster their bottom line. It’s incumbent upon businesses like ourselves to do our part to actively help support financial recovery efforts over the next several months.”

To be eligible to receive the surplus, employers must have fulfilled their payroll reporting responsibilities for 2019 and paid a WCB premium in 2019. Employers can still report their 2019 payroll to receive the surplus distribution. For the health-care sector, which includes regional health authorities and several other agencies such as CancerCare Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre and personal care homes, this equals an approximate $6.2million refund. Of the $37 million, WCB expects $29 million will be returned to the private sector, with approximately $7 million going to small businesses in Manitoba. “We are proud the work we’ve done over the years to increase our system efficiency allows us to have the lowest WCB rate in Canada and we can now offer some measure of relief to employers suffering the financial hardships COVID-19 has created,” said Winston Maharaj, president and CEO, WCB. “We applaud all of the employers and front-line workers who continue to serve the public in these extremely challenging times.”

Earlier this month, WCB announced it would defer premium payments until the end of May, not charge business interest and/or penalties for non-payment This is the second year the WCB has returned surplus funds until October, extend the payroll-reporting deadline until the end of May and ensure that coverage remains to eligible employers while still maintaining the lowest active for accounts that choose to defer payments until assessment rate in Canada. In making this decision, the the end of October. Clearances will remain in good WCB’s board of directors considered the long-term standing. financial projections in conjunction with maintaining rate stability and still protecting the workers compensation The WCB is a mutual workplace injury and disability system against risk, uncertainty and market volatility. statutory corporation funded by employer premiums. It insures more than 34,000 employers and 76 per cent In May, eligible employers will receive a credit to their of the Manitoba workforce. account based on 20 per cent of their 2019 premium.


Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers

Statement on joint WTO efforts to ensure open and predictable trade for food and agricultural products amid COVID-19

(April 21, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release)

(April 22, 2020 Global Affairs Canada News Release)

To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This important economic measure provides a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks, preventing further job losses and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator to support employers as they prepare to apply for the CEWS.

The CEWS calculator can be found on CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Web page. This Web page incorporates feedback received during user testing with stakeholders, including the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. It includes detailed information and instructions about who can apply for the subsidy, how eligibility is assessed, and how the subsidy is calculated. The calculator also includes a printable statement feature that employers can use to view their claim at a glance and, as of April 27, enter required information into the CEWS application form quickly and easily. By providing employers with additional details about their subsidy claim, the CEWS calculator can equip employers with important information they can use now to make more informed decisions about retaining and re-hiring workers. A series of information sessions will be held in the coming days to provide a forum for eligible employers. The CRA also encourages employers to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as employers will be able to apply through these portals. The CRA will open the application process on April 27, 2020. CEWS claims will be subject to verification by the CRA. Funds for approved applications will begin to be released on May 5.

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, issued the following statement: “As countries take action to respond to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it is imperative that trade remains open and predictable to ensure people in Canada and around the world can access the food and essential goods they need. “Today, Canada and 23 WTO members signed onto a joint statement to reinforce international cooperation on trade in agricultural and agri-food products. This will help to protect and promote food security, nutrition and the health of people around the world. “Members committed to not imposing agriculture export restrictions or implementing unjustified trade barriers on agriculture and agri-food products and key agricultural production inputs. “They also agreed that emergency measures related to agriculture and agri-food products designed to tackle COVID-19 must be targeted, proportionate, transparent, temporary and consistent with WTO rules. “At this critical time, Canada continues to work with its international partners to ensure that safe, affordable and nutritious food is available and accessible to Canadians and people around the world.” Note, the statement came from the following countries: Australia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; European Union; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Republic Of Korea; Malawi; Mexico; New Zealand; Paraguay; Peru; Qatar; Singapore; Switzerland; The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; and Uruguay.


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MBP E-Newsletter

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Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers,

Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions. SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by May 8, 2020. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


An Introduction to the Environmental Farm Planning Process Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD) is hosting an informational webinar on April 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT to provide a brief overview of the Environmental Farm Planning process in Manitoba, how to get involved and the benefits of participating. Please note, this is not the actual Environment Farm Plan (EFP) program workshop. To register go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/ register/5687237495210766863 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will also be recorded and posted on the MARD YouTube channel. *Due to the COVID-19 virus, no further in-person workshops will be scheduled until further notice. If you are interested in participating in an EFP workshop, please call your nearest MARD office to be

put on a waiting list. Indicate if it is urgent. The department is currently conducting workshops via GoTo Webinars for those that are in urgent need of a Statement of Completion. Note: EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. Check the date of your Statement of Completion to ensure you will be eligible to apply for financial assistance under Ag Action Manitoba. *** You can apply for any of the 2021 Field Year BMPs if you haven't yet attended an EFP workshop, but a valid Statement of Completion must be submitted by midFebruary 2022. Contact information for your local MARD office can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/contact/index.html


University of Manitoba Offers Job Posting Service to Producers The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is offering Manitoba farmers individualized support in posting a job for the 2020 growing season on the University of Manitoba job boards. Postings will reach students who are studying agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering and others; farmers may target students from specific disciplines. PPositions must be paid and can be casual, part-time or full-time. Positions must start after April 27th 2020. Applications from students will be sent to farmers following their posting deadlines. Contact Kalynn Spain, Job Placement Coordinator for the Faculty, for further details: Kalynn.Spain@umanitoba.ca


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E-Newsletter May 1, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP CONTINUES ADVOCACY EFFORTS RELATED TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ITS IMPACT ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY MBP recognizes that the global COVID-19 pandemic has created very challenging circumstances for our producer members and the sector overall, particularly with respect to market volatility and disruptions in the processing sector. That is why MBP, along with its beef industry partners across Canada continues to advocate for effective programs and initiatives to help cattle producers and the industry deal with the serious impacts arising due to the pandemic.

staff, seeking support for them. And MBP has raised other matters with the provincial government such as: the impact of successive droughts; interest rates charged on lending programs offered through MASC; labour challenges; ensuring producers who need it have timely access to driver testing and training; and, the importance of access to rural mental health services. MBP has restated its request for the agricultural Crown land lease rental rate increase to be phased in over a longer time period.

In recent weeks MBP has been engaging with government officials about strategies needed to address the short and longer term implications of COVID-19. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (of which MBP is a member) has put forward a series of recommendations to the federal government to provide immediate support for producers to keep their operations financially sustainable, some of which will require the involvement of provincial governments if programs are cost shared. This includes having the pandemic deemed a natural disaster under AgriRecovery to help flow immediate aid to producers. Meaningful enhancements to business risk management (BRM) programs used by cattle producers are being pursued, including to AgriStability and the Advance Payment Program. As well, swift modifications are needed to the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program in light of the steep spike in premium costs that has affected affordability.

MBP is also encouraging producers to contact their elected officials to identify the impact COVID-19 is having on their operations. Letters have been developed for producers to send to their Member of Parliament (MP) and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) outlining the urgent need for support for our cattle and beef sector. It is important that they have first-hand accounts of the serious challenges this pandemic is creating for Manitoba’s farms and ranches, especially as they design COVID-related programs and look at changes to existing programs. The letters to MPs and MLAs are available on the MBP website here.

Another key recommendation is to establish a set-aside program. A similar initiative was used during BSE. It would help address processing challenges by managing inventories throughout the beef production system and better match the number of cattle ready to market with the available processing capacity. MBP has also shared these recommendations with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen and provincial government

MBP has a dedicated page on its website containing up-todate information on COVID-19, including links to various programs announced, to news stories about the pandemic in which MBP has been interviewed, and to mental health resources, among other tools. See https://www.mbbeef.ca/ news/covid-19-updates/ Follow us as well on Facebook and Twitter for COVID-19 updates and other information important to the sector. Looking ahead, MBP directors and staff will continue to provide input into the provincial and national discussions around COVID-19. We strongly value your input into these conversations and want to hear from you directly. Contact the MBP office 1-204-772-4542 or 1-800-772-0458, or go to https://www.mbbeef.ca/contact/ for director and staff contact information.


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/

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Manitoba to Begin Easing Restrictions on Businesses; Physical Distancing Measures Still in Effect (April 29, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort next week to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing advice, Premier Brian Pallister announced April 29. “We applaud Manitobans for doing their part to help flatten the curve and it is thanks to everyone’s tremendous efforts that we are able to announce today a gradual, safe restoration of services and easing of restrictions on businesses, allowing many to reopen, should they so choose,” Pallister said. “We must remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practising good hygiene, but our gradual, leveled approach will help us safely restore our services.” As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses will have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and customers. Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10 people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick. Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all nonessential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for self-isolation for 14 days following travel will continue. Based on the evolving global public health recommendations and modelling, Manitoba is in a position to begin a methodical, phased-in approach to reopening businesses, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “Our public health measures to date have helped us reduce case numbers and flatten the curve, but it is not practical to maintain these measures indefinitely,” said Roussin. “That is why we will gradually reduce these measures including balancing the need to protect vulnerable Manitobans from COVID-19 with the need to protect Manitobans from the unintended impacts of strict public health measures, which include health and social impacts.”

Phased Approach to Restoring Services Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap consists of multiple phases. It is critical to note the timing and specifics noted in each phase are subject to change, based on the advice of public health experts and a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors. Full details are available at www.manitoba.ca/ restoringsafeservices. Restoring Services (Phase One) – Beginning May 4 Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some nonessential businesses will reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues include: • non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures; • therapeutic and medical services; • retail businesses; • restaurants – patio/walk-up services; • hair salons; • museums, galleries and libraries; • seasonal day camps; and • outdoor recreation and campgrounds. The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others. Restoring Services (Phase Two) – No Earlier Than June 1 Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in place. Public gathering sizes may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening including: • • • •

additional personal services, such as nail salons; restaurants – dine-in services; non-contact children’s sports; and film production. Continued on next page


Easing Restrictions on Businesses (continued from page 3) Future Phases Public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased. Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including: • performing arts venues; • other non-essential businesses; • tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and • large gatherings/events.

work with the child-care community to expand the temporary child-care services available, including a grant available to child-care providers seeking to open a new, home-based child-care service. More information on child-care services during COVID-19, including a self-serve child care website, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/ covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.html. Businesses seeking further information should visit https://engagemb.ca/. For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. Child care plays an important role in restoring services, enabling parents to return to the workplace, and remains a priority. The Department of Families will continue to

Agroclimate Impact Reporters Needed Help protect Canadian agriculture by spending five minutes a month to report on the impacts of weather in your area. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has created the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) an online tool that allows producers across Canada to submit reports on how weather and climate conditions are affecting their farm operations.

AIR is currently looking for volunteers to contribute to this cool citizen-science project. Information from AIR helps AAFC and the agriculture sector to better-understand the local and regional effects of agroclimate conditions and identify emerging risks to the broader agricultural sector. For more information and to join the survey, please visit: www.agr.gc.ca/air


Governments of Canada and Manitoba Announce Support for Local Food Producers and Farmers’ Markets Developing New Marketing Options Will Strengthen Distribution Network (April 27, 2020, Joint News Release)

The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting a project, which will allow local food producers and farmers’ markets to sell their products online, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced. “Farmers and food processors across the agri-food value chain are working hard to make sure Canadians continue to have access to their high quality and affordable food. Our government, along with of our provincial counterparts, is working step by step to support our producers as they provide an essential service to all Canadians,” said Bibeau. “By creating a centralized online platform for Manitoban producers to sell their products, we are increasing flexibility in the supply chain during a very challenging time.” “Increasing access to Manitoba’s diverse selection of foods grown or processed in the province will build resiliency in our food system and proactively address concerns about food insecurity,” said Pedersen. “Developing new marketing options at a time when important outlets such as restaurants, retail and farmers’ markets are disrupted will help strengthen distribution of local food to Manitoba customers.” Canada and Manitoba will be providing a total of $160,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Direct Farm Manitoba to purchase a software platform that will allow Manitobans to order food online from local producers and farmers’ markets. The funding will also go toward the development of a network of pickup and delivery options to connect consumers with their orders, and the development of COVID-19 safe handling and packaging practices for producers and processors.

“Canadians have always been able to count on farmers for good, healthy food. It has never been more important for our food supply to be reliable and diverse,” said Phil Veldhuis, president, Direct Farm Manitoba. “We have been working hard to connect consumers directly to local farmers. We appreciate this investment to reinforce our local food system at this time of crisis.” The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services. For more information, visit www.canada.ca/ Agri-Partnership.


Government of Canada launches applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (April 27, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release)

To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This important economic measure provides a subsidy of 75% of an eligible employee's weekly earnings, to a maximum of $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks. Retroactive to March 15, 2020, the CEWS will prevent further job losses and encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is administering the CEWS on behalf of the Government. The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched the application process for the CEWS. As of April 27, employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client. All claims that are approved through the CRA’s automated verification process will be sent for payment on May 5, so that payments being made through direct deposit should begin to appear in employers’ accounts as of May 7. Some applications will require a secondary verification, done manually, and in these cases the CRA may contact employers to verify information. It is expected that these secondary verifications will take no more than 72 hours in the vast majority of cases. The CRA has again partnered with financial institutions to enroll Canadian employers for direct deposit, and employers can now register business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the CRA through their bank portals. Signing up for direct deposit will enable employers whose applications are approved to receive their CEWS payments quickly and securely. Employers can sign up for direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS. The CRA recognizes and appreciates the important role that stakeholder organizations are playing in providing feedback on how the CEWS program will operate. We look forward to continuing to work closely with employers and their representative organizations as we deliver the CEWS program.

Quotes “We are living in unprecedented times and CRA public servants have shown incredible dedication in delivering our government’s economic measures to see us through this crisis. We successfully delivered the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and are well-equipped to continue this important work for Canadian businesses. This $73 billion benefit will put Canadians back on the payroll and help our economy stabilize as we continue our fight against COVID-19 and look forward to our economic recovery from the crisis.” The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue Quick facts • The CRA delivers benefits payments to millions of Canadians and business owners every year; this is at the core of our business. • To ensure that the CRA can provide efficient service to employers as we deliver this critical measure, we have dedicated significant resources including thousands of CRA employees across Canada who will be implementing the CEWS program. Associated links • Backgrounder • CEWS FAQs • CEWS Online application portal • CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator • My Business Account • Direct Deposit • Infographics


Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy (April 28, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all orders of government have been working together to slow and contain the spread of the virus. As the first wave of the virus’ activity passes, provincial and territorial governments will move at their own pace to safely restore economic activity within their jurisdictions, while protecting the health of Canadians. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments have come together and agreed to a set of common principles for restarting the Canadian economy, based on shared understanding and appreciation of what science and experts are telling us. This statement identifies the criteria that need to be in place before we can go back to work and school, or see neighbours and friends. This statement acknowledges the importance of restarting the economy through a gradual approach that protects the health of Canadians, including high-risk groups, as well as the need to ensure public health capacity for future waves of the virus, while at the same time continuing to support a range of economic sectors and Canadian workers. The statement acknowledges that provinces and territories will take different steps at different times in order to ease restrictions, reflecting the specific circumstances in each jurisdiction. The statement identifies four main principles, including taking a science and evidence-based approach to decision-making, coordination and collaboration between all jurisdictions, continued accountability and transparency of all governments, and flexibility and proportionality as information changes over time. This statement also identifies the criteria and measures that need to be in place in order to begin to take steps to restart the economy:

• COVID-19 transmission is controlled, so new cases are contained at a level that our health care system can manage. • Sufficient public health capacity is in place to test, trace, isolate, and control the spread of the virus. • Expanded health care capacity exists to support all needs, including COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. • Supports are in place for vulnerable groups, communities, and key populations. This includes the protection of seniors, residents of group living facilities, workers in close quarters, homeless people, and Indigenous people and those living in remote locations, health care workers and other essential workers, and inmates. • Support and monitoring of workplace protocols are in place to keep Canadians safe at their jobs, and prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. • Restrictions on non-essential travel are eased and managed in a coordinated manner. • Communities are supported in managing local disease activity, including in child care, schools, and public transportation, and industry and economic sectors are engaged to support the health of Canadians, reduced viral activity, and protection of the economy as it restarts. As we continue to work collaboratively to get things back to normal, our top priority is keeping all Canadians safe during this challenging time. Quotes “Our priority is keeping all Canadians safe, while getting back to normal as much as we can. That’s why First Ministers have worked on a set of shared principles to gradually restart the economy, based on science and evidence-based decisionmaking. Together, we will continue to work collaboratively to keep Canadians safe and healthy, and protect our economy.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “Our response to this pandemic has been a true Team Canada effort. All orders of government have been working closely together to keep Canadians safe. Restarting Canada’s economic engine will require a coordinated approach, given different parts of the country are at different points in the fight against COVID-19. We will not squander the gains we have fought for, and sacrificed so much for. We must base our decisions on science and we must put the safety of Canadians first.” The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs


COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

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SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

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There are things we need like groceries, fuel and the like. Where possible, use online shopping and home delivery. Please remember that panic buying is not needed. Finally remember that if you feel sick. do not go out - you must stay home.

We all need to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, especially when keeping physical distance. Phone calls, texting, and video chats are all great options.

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Walking or exercising outside is good, but keep your distance from others and avoid things like hand rails, public play structures and public phones whenever possible

We all have a responsibility to protect those in our community who are most at risk from COVID-19, which includes the elderly and those with other health conditions. We can use non-physical ways to stay in touch, and where possible we can help these people with getting groceries and other essential errands.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces often


Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers, Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions.

SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by May 8, 2020. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


Province Increases COVID-19 Testing Criteria and Capacity (April 28, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

With CPL’s capacity at over 1,000 tests daily, the province expects to have testing capacity of well over 3,000 tests a day, tripling the provinces current testing capacity, the premier noted. In addition, Dynacare will work toward establishing a second COVID testing lab in Winnipeg, assisting the province with faster processing times.

“Through good planning, Manitoba has been able to get ahead of COVID-19 and flatten the curve,” said Pallister. “We want to stay ahead of this virus and not chase it. With increased levels of tracking, testing and isolation, we will have a better understanding of how we are doing as a province in flattening the COVID curve. This is crucial as we carefully and slowly work toward expanding services safely in the coming weeks and months.”

Shared Health’s diagnostic services is also supporting the province’s enhanced testing capacity, performing some COVID-19 testing for patients at HSC Winnipeg prior to surgery and producing quantities of the viral medium needed to transport testing swabs to laboratories.

The province is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria while also ramping up its testing capacity, a crucial step before beginning to loosen public health measures and safely restarting Manitoba’s economy, Premier Brian Pallister announced.

Effective immediately, the province is expanding testing criteria to any Manitoban with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild symptoms including a cough, runny nose, sore throat and/or fever, to be tested to better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba, the premier noted. In order to facilitate enhanced testing provincewide, Dynacare will begin significantly increasing COVID-19 testing alongside Manitoba’s primary public health lab, Cadham Provincial Lab (CPL). Dynacare has been performing COVID-19 tests since early April out of its Ontario-based laboratory to supplement the capacity of CPL and, as of April 27, has completed 557 tests. The Manitoba government and Dynacare have entered into a partnership that will see up to 2,000 tests a day before the end of summer.

In addition to testing, Dynacare call centre staff have been communicating negative test results to Manitobans and delivering COVID-19 test specimens from screening and assessment centres to CPL. They have also established specimen collection centres for patients with compromised immune systems. Manitobans are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and meet testing criteria, they can call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 for more information.

"For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19."


Province Implementing Wildfire Prevention Measures (April 30, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Manitoba Climate and Conservation advises the current risk of wildfire is generally low across the province, with a significant amount of snow still on the ground in northern Manitoba. Human-caused wildfires, primarily grass fires, have been reported in the south. In order to reduce the risk of fire and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for front-line firefighters, the province is asking the public to be particularly cautious when outdoors to prevent human-caused wildfires. Protecting frontline firefighters and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority to ensure they remain healthy and available to respond to wildfires during the upcoming season.

In light of current events and as a wildfire prevention measure, provincial burn permits issued under The Wildfires Act within the burning permit area will be limited to only essential crop residue burning and other required agricultural, municipal or industrial operations. Burning within the burning permit area requires the approval of an officer and may include a site inspection. Contact a Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for more information. The latest information on municipal and provincial burn restrictions can be found at www.manitoba.ca/wildfire. All applicable provincial and municipal burning approval processes must be followed before burning. Provincial burn permit holders must comply with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s guidance on crop residue burning

and their municipality’s burning permit conditions, where applicable. Daily guidance for crop residue burning will be posted by 11 a.m. at www.gov.mb.ca/ agriculture/crops/crop-residue-burning-program/ index.html. Where there is a conflict, consult with a local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office or municipal authority for clarification. Provincial burn permits will not be issued for areas where municipalities have already implemented burning restrictions. Burn permit holders are reminded to check weather conditions, have adequate suppression equipment and ensure proper fuel breaks are in place before burning. Never leave an outdoor fire unattended and always extinguish it before leaving. Anyone using an ATV should stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris caught in equipment. A small shovel, axe, and fire extinguisher should be carried on ATVs at all times.

To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076.


Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program Accepting Applications The Manitoba Summer Student Job Program is now open for applications. Employers not funded under federal programs will be given priority in the first two weeks of the application period. It is important to note that employers cannot hire a member of their family for any positions for which they are requesting funding.

Financial support Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement of $7 per hour up to a maximum of $5,000 per student employed between May 1 and September 4, 2020. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students.

The detailed program information can be found at this link https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/ summerstudentjobprogram.html

Payment will be made as a lump sum at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages.

The online application can be found here https:// forms.gov.mb.ca/ssrjp/

Employers cannot receive a wage subsidy for any positions that are already being subsidized by another government program. However, employers receiving government wage subsidizes to hire some students can apply to the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program to hire additional/new students.

For questions, call 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free) or email: mgi@gov.mb.ca Program Overview The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from the private and not-for-profit sectors to employ students aged 15 to 29. In addition to traditional summer jobs, students can help organizations and businesses adapt their workplaces and public spaces to the public health requirements of COVID-19. Eligible employers Open to all private sector and non-profit employers operating in Manitoba. Public sector employers including public heath, educational institutions, and municipal/ provincial/federal governments and agencies and political parties are not eligible. Eligible students To be eligible, the student must: • Be a high school or post-secondary student aged 15 to 29 residing in Manitoba; • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, international student, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and • Be legally entitled to work in Manitoba. The student must be a new hire for the spring/summer months with a start date of May 1 or later. Existing permanent or part-time employee are not eligible.

Employer obligations Under this program: • Employers cannot hire a member of their family for any positions for which they are requesting funding. • Students hired must not displace any existing employees. • Employers must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulatory requirements. • Employers must provide appropriate supervision and training to each student, and follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health guidelines for the workplace. • Employers must maintain complete and correct payroll, employment and accounting records, financial documents and other records for each student under this program. • Employers must provide Manitoba with a signed student intake and consent form for every student hired under this program. If you have complied with all of your obligations, you will receive payment within 14 days of submitting a claim for each eligible student employee. Each claim package must: • Set out the actual hourly wages paid by you to the student during the claim period including proof of payment. • Be submitted by October 1, 2020.


E-Newsletter May 8, 2020

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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

STATEMENT: FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO LIVESTOCK SECTOR A START, BUT GAPS REMAIN TO BE ADDRESSED May 5, 2020: The Government of Canada today announced a series of initial initiatives aimed at supporting the beef industry, among other agriculture and food sectors. Key elements include $50 million in funding for a set-aside program through AgriRecovery (federal government to cover 60 per cent of costs and the provinces have the option to fund the remaining 40 per cent); $77.5 million funding to support business continuity in agriculture processing facilities (such as accessing personal protective equipment and automating or modernizing operations); and, an increase in the AgriStability interim payment from 50 to 75 per cent, with an extension of the deadline to July 3, 2020.

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) sees value in these initiatives, but it is very disappointed that the announcement does not fully address all elements of the comprehensive strategy that is being advanced by Canada’s cattle and beef industry to help ensure long-term economic sustainability for our farmers and ranchers. While the announcement of the set-aside program is important, there are questions as to whether the funds will be sufficient to address the needs. There is a growing backlog of cattle awaiting processing, and the value of market ready cattle has dropped more than $500 per head since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, if the situation is not addressed, the beef industry will lose $500 million by June just on market ready cattle. As well, MBP will be seeking clarification as to whether the Manitoba government will be making a contribution to the set-aside program.

Of key importance to Manitoba’s beef industry is the need to swiftly address the steep hike in premiums under the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program. Having affordable, bankable and responsive business risk management tools is critical to the success of operations, particularly for young and new beef producers. This program purchase deadline is rapidly approaching and MBP is calling on government to urgently address this issue. Equally important will be for government to revisit other asks advanced by the beef industry with respect to business risk management programs. These include enhancing the Advance Payments Program by: increasing the interest free portion for beef cattle to $500,000; increasing the overall cash advance limit to $3 million, and; extending repayment terms for beef cattle to 36 months. Within AgriStability, industry is seeking the removal of the reference margin limit, the elimination of the $3 million payment cap, raising the payment trigger to 85% and the swifter processing of interim claims. Manitoba’s cattle producers are deeply committed to providing consumers with access to safe, high quality and nutritious products, and they are an essential part of Canada’s food production system. MBP, along with other industry partners, will continue discussions with government about the pressing need for effective programs and risk management tools to help move the cattle and beef sector through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemicrelated challenges. The Prime Minister has acknowledged that if more help is needed, the government is prepared to determine what needs to be done. That consideration needs to occur now. Note: The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, of which MBP is a member, has also issued a statement on this matter. It is available here. The Government of Canada announcement can be found on pages 3 & 4


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/

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Federal government announces assistance for agriculture sector (May 5, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

In uncertain times, it is more critical than ever for Canadians to have access to good, high quality, and nutritious food. That is why the Government of Canada is taking steps to support the farmers and businesses who provide Canadians with the food they need to keep themselves and their families healthy. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced important measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors who provide essential services to Canadians every day by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply. He also announced that the government intends to propose an additional $200 million in borrowing capacity for the sector. The Government of Canada will provide targeted support to farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and food processors by: • Creating a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19 so they can better supply Canadians with food during this period. • Launching a national AgriRecovery initiative of up to $125 million in funding to help producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19. This includes setasides for cattle and hog management programs to manage livestock backed-up on farms, due to the temporary closure of food processing plants. This new federal funding will help beef and pork producers and processors adapt to a changing market, and help farmers and ranchers keep their animals longer before marketing.

• Announcing the intention to increase the Canadian Dairy Commission’s borrowing limit by $200 million to support costs associated with the temporary storage of cheese and butter to avoid food waste. The government will work with opposition parties to achieve the required legislative change. • Launching a first-ever Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories, which could include products such as potatoes and poultry, to local food organizations who are serving vulnerable Canadians. • Working with provinces and territories to increase interim payments from 50 per cent to 75 per cent through AgriStability, a federal, provincial and territorial program that supports producers who face significant revenue declines. This change has already been enacted in some provinces. • Working with provinces and territories to explore possibilities for expanding the AgriInsurance program to include labour shortages as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector. This work with provincial and territorial partners would insure against lost production due to an insufficient workforce, should producers be unable to find enough labour to harvest. The Government of Canada recognizes all workers across our food supply chain who provide an essential service to our country. We will continue to monitor and respond to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and take additional actions as needed to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and stabilize the economy. Quotes “Canadians count on farmers and producers to provide them with the food they need to feed themselves and their families. Today, we are giving them the support they need to keep their workers safe and food systems running during this challenging time, for the benefit of all Canadians.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada continued on next page


Federal Ag announcement - continued from page 3 “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Canadians in all communities and in all sectors of the economy. With this announcement, we are giving agricultural producers and food processors more resources to adapt to the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and, above all, to keep workers safe. Canada’s agricultural sector is interconnected. So the new investments we are making will have a positive impact up and down the production chain.” The Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance “I want to reassure all our farmers and agri-business owners across the agri-food industry that our government fully understands that they are essential to our communities and that we are fully engaged to help them through this unprecedented period. We are grateful for the dedication of our hard working food workers – from the farm to the retail store – every day to ensure we continue to have food on our family tables. This support will help food producers and processors to continue providing the food Canadians need, and help ensure food availability for all Canadians in these uncertain times.” The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Quick Facts • Federal, provincial and territorial governments invest, on average, close to $1.6 billion annually in business risk management programs to help producers remain viable under difficult circumstance. These programs include AgriInsurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest, and AgriRecovery. • The enrolment deadline for the 2020 AgriStability program has been extended to July 3, 2020. The federal, provincial, and territorial governments agreed to the change to help producers deal with current market disruption and production challenges. British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta have all already agreed to the 75 per cent AgriStability interim payment.

• AgriRecovery funding is normally cost shared between federal, provincial, and territorial governments. This program will become more flexible so that the federal government can directly provide its share of the funding to producers, regardless of whether provinces and territories are able to contribute. • The government has already committed significant resources to ensure industry has the support and tools needed to manage through these difficult times, including: o $50 million to ensure farmers can safely welcome temporary foreign workers with measures necessary to follow the Quarantine Act, by assisting with the incremental costs of the mandatory 14-day isolation period. In April, sector partners, in close collaboration with the federal government, successfully brought in over 80 per cent of the normal amount of Temporary Foreign Workers to Canada, compared to the previous year. o New measures to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to help mitigate a shortfall in the workforce. o $20 million to bolster services of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. o $100 million to organizations addressing food insecurity such as food banks. o $25 million through Nutrition North to ensure food security for Canada’s most vulnerable. o An additional $5 billion lending capacity for Farm Credit Canada, which has already resulted in loan deferrals valued at over $3 billion. o $173 million in deferred Advanced Payment program loans for grain, cattle, and flower producers. o $62.5 million for a new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector.


Press Release May 4, 2020 The 2020 Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup and Canadian Junior Shorthorn Weekend to be held July 31, August 1 and 2nd, 2020 in Neepawa, Manitoba is cancelled. Due to the current corona virus situation and the uncertain guidelines on how many people can gather at one event, along with the concern of safety for everyone involved, the Roundup Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Roundup. The Committee always looks forward to working with the All Breeds Junior Youth and hosting a first-class event, so we are doing our best to still offer opportunities for youth in 2020. This year since we will not be able to meet in one location, the committee is currently working on some fun, educational activities along with online workshops for any Junior members that are interested in participating. We are currently working out the details but stay tuned to the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup Facebook page and our website at www.mbyouthbeefroundup.weebly.com. The Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup Scholarship entry forms will be online in early May, and entry deadline is July 1, 2020. Senior members please complete the applications as these funds can be a way to help you fund your future education. For this year, the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup - Canadian Western Agribition Judging Team, will be selected through an online application process. Deadline is September 1, 2020. If you are a Senior member please consider this opportunity to participate in livestock judging, meet new Juniors and be part of the Roundup Team. However the show will go on in 2021. Mark July 30, July 31 and August 1, 2021 for the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup and the Canadian Junior National Shorthorn Weekend, Neepawa, Manitoba . Have a safe summer!!!


MPI Update: Previously scheduled Class 1 road tests to resume (Manitoba Public Insurance Update)

Resumption of previously scheduled Class 1 road tests that were cancelled due to COVID-19 are planned to begin starting the week of May 18. Customers with cancelled appointments will be contacted directly in order of their original test dates. Please watch this page -- https:// www.mpi.mb.ca/Pages/covid-19-drivingtests.aspx and our social media channels for updates on when new Class 1 road tests will be opened. Knowledge test continue to be cancelled until further notice. Resumption of Class 1 road tests are planned to begin starting the week of May 18. We will be calling all customers who had previously booked Class 1 road tests that were cancelled, in order of their original test dates. These customers will be contacted by MPI reschedule their appointment. New test bookings will not be available until all cancelled appointments have been rescheduled. Please watch this page and our social media channels for updates on when new Class 1 road tests will be opened. We have updated some road test procedures during COVID-19 for the protection of both our customers and our staff. Prior to starting their road test, customers must:

• Provide and wear their own mask (non-medical masks are permitted) • Answer questions to ensure they have not been exposed to COVID-19 • Have a normal temperature (the driver examiner will take the customer’s temperature prior to beginning the test) • Sanitize all touchpoints in their vehicle – please ensure this is completed for your vehicles If the customer is not able to comply with all of these requirements, their test will be cancelled immediately and rebooked for a later time (once new test bookings have reopened). At any time during the pre-test or road test, if the customer shows symptoms of a respiratory illness and/or COVID-19 (coughing, etc.), the test will be cancelled immediately and rebooked for a later time (once new test bookings have been reopened). Please note that driver examiners will be conducting road tests in full protective equipment, including masks, gloves and face shields. Other MPI road tests All other classes of road test are currently unavailable. We are working toward the safe resumption of all other road tests. Please watch https://www.mpi.mb.ca/Pages/covid-19-drivingtests.aspx and our social media channels for updates on when other road tests will resume.


Application Open to Seek Payment Under the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program The Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP) is a one-time $50-million program to help with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food supply in Canada by assisting the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors. The program will assist Canadian employers with some of the incremental costs associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada.

Each applicant should complete and submit only one application. The application should cover all temporary foreign workers in your employment who arrived during the eligible time frame. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

The MISTFWP will provide a maximum non-repayable contribution amount of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker. Should an applicant receive assistance from a provincial or territorial government to help cover these costs, or the $1,500 exceeds their incremental costs per employee, the total contribution may be reduced.

Telephone: 1-877-246-4682 or Fax: 1-877-949-4885

The federal investment of up to $50-million will be available until fully depleted and, as long as the order under the Quarantine Act is in force and the isolation protocol has to be followed.

For more information on the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program, please contact us by: Email: aafc.MISP-PAIO.aac@canada.ca

Mail: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program 1341 Baseline Road Tower 7, 7th floor Ottawa ON K1A 0C5

Eligible employers can now apply for the MISTFWP by going to http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-andservices/mandatory-isolation-support-for-temporary-foreignworkers-program/?id=1588186409721

Agroclimate Impact Reporters Needed Help protect Canadian agriculture by spending five minutes a month to report on the impacts of weather in your area. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has created the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) an online tool that allows producers across Canada to submit reports on how weather and climate conditions are affecting their farm operations.

AIR is currently looking for volunteers to contribute to this cool citizen-science project. Information from AIR helps AAFC and the agriculture sector to better-understand the local and regional effects of agroclimate conditions and identify emerging risks to the broader agricultural sector. For more information and to join the survey, please visit: www.agr.gc.ca/air


Canada Emergency Business Account Update

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Update

To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which is delivered by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) supports employers that are hardest hit by the pandemic, and helps protect the jobs Canadians depend on.

This program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. This will better position them to quickly return to providing services to their communities and creating employment. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000).

As of May 7, 564,000 applicants have been approved for CEBA for a total of $21.8 billion in cumulative funds disbursed. Additional applications are received daily. For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit https://ceba-cuec.ca/.

The subsidy generally covers 75% of an employee's wages – up to $847 per week - for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May. The program will be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Employers who are eligible for the CEWS are entitled to receive a 100% refund for certain employer contributions to Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan, and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan paid in respect of employees who are on leave with pay.

Since the CEWS launched last week, employers have applied for subsidies for over 1.7 million workers. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit CRA’s website.


Statement on joint commitment with WTO members to maintain predictable and rules-based trade at this critical time (May 5, Global Affairs Canada statement)

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, issued the following statement: “In this period of unprecedented health and economic challenges due to COVID-19, the predictability and stability provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the rules-based international trading system is crucial for Canadian businesses and workers, as well as the path towards economic recovery. ”Today, Canada and 41 WTO members signed a joint statement (PDF) to reinforce our commitment to and support for rules-based multilateral trade at this critical time. “Together, we agreed that trade should remain open and predictable, and we committed not to impose export restrictions or unnecessary barriers. This will ensure people in Canada and around the world can continue to access essential goods and services amid COVID-19. “From working with our global counterparts to facilitate the cross-border movement of essential goods and services, to reconfirming our support for a multi-party interim arrangement for disputes through the WTO, to taking action to ensure agriculture and agri-food supply chains are not disrupted – Canada is working closely with our international partners to support Canadian jobs, businesses, and our global economy through this pandemic.”

“Canada and these 41 WTO members support resuming WTO activities as soon as possible, including the important work that Canada is leading on WTO reform and finding a permanent solution to the WTO Appellate Body impasse."

Families to receive increased support through the Canada Child Benefit (May 3, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

Families are feeling the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in their everyday lives. Parents are concerned about putting food on the table, and trying to find creative ways to educate and entertain their kids. This is a difficult time for many families, and we need to continue helping parents and investing in our children. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, highlighted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will get $300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19.

Eligible families will automatically receive this one-time increase as part of their scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply for this one-time increase. This increase will deliver almost $2 billion in extra support across the country to help families with the high cost of taking care of their kids during this challenging period. This is just one of the many measures the Government of Canada has put in place to help families weather this crisis. In addition to this onetime CCB increase, we have provided individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit. This measure gave, on average, close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples, injecting $5.5 billion into the Canadian economy. We have also extended the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, 2020. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We stand ready to take additional actions as needed to support all Canadians, including families and children, and stabilize the economy.


COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

It only takes one person to infect many. DON'T BE THAT ONE PERSON. PROTECT yourself, PROTECT your loved ones and PROTECT your community

SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

spread of viruses like COVID-19 during an outbreak. It means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not. With patience and cooperation, we can do this, and we need to do it NOW.

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Physical greetings

whenever possible makes us all safer right now.

Handshakes and hugs are out. We need to get good at non-physical greetings like waving or nodding. Limiting unnecessary touching makes us all safer right now.

Shop wisely

Touching surfaces people touch often

Use technology to keep in touch

Contact with people at higher risk

There are things we need like groceries, fuel and the like. Where possible, use online shopping and home delivery. Please remember that panic buying is not needed. Finally remember that if you feel sick. do not go out - you must stay home.

We all need to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, especially when keeping physical distance. Phone calls, texting, and video chats are all great options.

ALSO REMEMBER:

Walking or exercising outside is good, but keep your distance from others and avoid things like hand rails, public play structures and public phones whenever possible

We all have a responsibility to protect those in our community who are most at risk from COVID-19, which includes the elderly and those with other health conditions. We can use non-physical ways to stay in touch, and where possible we can help these people with getting groceries and other essential errands.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces often


Prime Minister announces agreements to boost wages for essential workers (May 7, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

While many of us are being asked to stay home, millions of Canadians are being called on to go to work every day. These Canadians are providing us with essential services, so we can continue to keep our families safe and healthy. We are relying on them now more than ever, and that is why the Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to provide them with a much-needed wage boost. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage top-ups for their essential workers.

The Government of Canada will provide up to $3 billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive. These measures are part of the Government of Canada’s comprehensive economic plan to help Canadians and businesses through this period of uncertainty. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely, and take additional actions as needed to protect our he and safety, and stabilize the economy.

Quotes “Workers are risking their health to provide us with essential care and services, and we need to make sure that they are paid properly for the work they do every day. We’re stepping up, and working with the provinces and territories, to give a much-needed wage boost to Canadians who are helping keep our country and economy strong during this difficult time.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “Canada’s front line workers are dealing directly with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by taking care of Canadians in our hospitals and nursing homes. They deserve our support. This measure will help workers critical to the current COVID-19 response get the compensation they need.” The Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick Facts The Government of Canada has announced targeted new initiatives to support Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic, such as: • Introducing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. The government also extended the eligibility of this benefit to individuals who earn up to $1,000 per month, as well as workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19. • Providing families who receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) an extra $300 per child for the month of May. • Providing a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low- and modest-income families. The average additional benefit is close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples. • Providing approximately $9 billion towards various measures, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, to support post-secondary students and recent graduates who are unable to secure employment in order to help them overcome the challenges brought on by the pandemic. • Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. • Allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, and before September 2020.


Province Encourages Manitobans to Take Precautions to Minimize Risk of Tick Exposure (May 4, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and as the weather warms up, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living reminds Manitobans that tick-borne diseases are preventable. People can protect themselves by performing regular tick checks after spending time outdoors, knowing where blacklegged ticks may be found, minimizing their risk of exposure and recognizing the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases. These precautions will help protect against anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Lyme disease. Manitobans are reminded that when outside, it is still important to practice social distancing according to current COVID-19 public health guidelines. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19. Blacklegged ticks, which can carry anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Lyme disease, are most commonly found within and along the edge of forests and in areas with thick, woody shrubs and other vegetation. These ticks are typically found from early spring when snow melts through late fall. The province continues to monitor and assess the continued expansion of blacklegged tick populations. Members of the public can assist with surveillance by submitting images of collected ticks to the ticks@gov.mb.ca email. Maps of areas with known blacklegged tick populations, where the risk of tickborne disease transmission is greatest, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/ tickborne/surveillance.html.

The burden of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Manitoba continues to increase, and the 2019 season was the most active to date with 64 confirmed and probable Lyme disease cases reported. Since 2015, nearly 90 per cent of anaplasmosis and Lyme disease cases reported in Manitoba had likely local exposure. Most anaplasmosis and Lyme disease cases were exposed between May and July, and less than 40 per cent recalled a tick bite. This low recall likely reflects exposure to smaller blacklegged tick nymphs, whose activity also peaks between May and July. Limiting exposure to potentially infected blacklegged ticks, particularly the smaller nymphs who are active during the late spring and summer months, is the key to tick-borne disease prevention. Manitobans are encouraged to take precautions to minimize their risk of tick exposure by: • applying an appropriate tick repellent, following label directions, on exposed skin and clothing; • inspecting themselves, children and pets after spending time outdoors; • removing ticks as soon as possible from people and pets; • staying to the centre of walking trails; • wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts; and • keeping grass and shrubs around homes cut short to create drier environments that are less suitable for blacklegged tick survival. To learn more about blacklegged ticks, tick-disease, symptoms and prevention visit: www.gov.mb.ca/ health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/index.html. People who think they may have anaplasmosis, babesiosis or Lyme disease should contact a doctor. For more information, they may also contact Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) 1 888 315-9257.


Virtual care and mental health tools for Canadians announced (May 3, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

For many Canadians, COVID-19 is having a major impact on their everyday lives, as they work to pay their bills, put food on the table, and take care of themselves and their families. That is why it is more important than ever that Canadians have access to the tools and resources they need to support their health and well-being. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians. Working with provinces, territories, and stakeholders, this investment will be used to create digital platforms and applications, improve access to virtual mental health supports, and expand capacity to deliver health care virtually, including projects to reach vulnerable Canadians. These supports will also help ease the burden on our health care system, as we continue to deal with COVID-19. This investment will: • help Canadians safely engage with their regular health providers and specialist health services through telephone, text, or video-conferencing; • support access to mental health supports and reliable health information in a safe and secure manner, which will reduce the pressure on our health system; • help governments, public health officials, hospitals, and health care facilities make evidence-based decisions; and • support federal, provincial, and territorial initiatives in collaboration with innovators, health stakeholders, and organizations like Canada Health Infoway, to expand virtual health services to Canadians. This investment will support Wellness Together Canada, an online portal that provides Canadians with free resources, tools, and professional support services to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use. It will also support a growing family of digital products that includes the Canada COVID-19 app, which helps people track their symptoms, receive the latest updates, and access trusted resources. With these additional supports, we are helping Canadians access the health resources they need, wherever and whenever they need them. The government will continue to focus on the health, safety, and well-being of all Canadians during these challenging times.

Quotes “While we all do our part to fight COVID-19, it can be a challenge to deal with everything that’s happening around us and to get the help and services we need to feel well. It’s important that we take care of ourselves and our families during these challenging times, and that’s why we’ve introduced more virtual health resources and mental health tools to further support Canadians through this crisis.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “These investments will help provide Canadians with virtual health care services that are safe and secure. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, people in every community are struggling and we will continue to help them.” The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health Quick Facts • The Government of Canada has a suite of digital tools to help support the physical and mental health and well-being of Canadians during COVID-19. These include: o Wellness Together Canada, an online portal dedicated to mental wellness and substance use support. It connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, and makes it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues. o Canada COVID-19, a mobile app that features a symptom tracker, a selfassessment tool, trustworthy up-to-date information on COVID-19, as well as information on mental health and substance use support. o Get Updates on COVID-19, a web-based email service that provides subscribers with critical information related to the pandemic. Subscribers receive emails directing them to important and authoritative content on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 website. On March 29, 2020, the Government of Canada announced $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide children and youth with mental health support and counselling services during this difficult time.


Families to receive increased support through the Canada Child Benefit (May 3, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

Families are feeling the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in their everyday lives. Parents are concerned about putting food on the table, and trying to find creative ways to educate and entertain their kids. This is a difficult time for many families, and we need to continue helping parents and investing in our children.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, highlighted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will get $300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19. Eligible families will automatically receive this one-time increase as part of their scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to reapply for this one-time increase. This increase will deliver almost $2 billion in extra support across the country to help families with the high cost of taking care of their kids during this challenging period. This is just one of the many measures the Government of Canada has put in place to help families weather this crisis. In addition to this one-time CCB increase, we have provided individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit. This measure gave, on average, close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples, injecting $5.5 billion into the Canadian economy. We have also extended the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, 2020. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We stand ready to take additional actions as needed to support all Canadians, including families and children, and stabilize the economy.

Province Unveils Major Infrastructure Package to Help Restart Manitoba Recovery Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (May 7, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province is increasing infrastructure investments by an additional $500 million as part of an economic stimulus package to help restart Manitoba’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “As Manitoba continues to flatten the COVID curve, we are now in a position to slowly and carefully begin to restart our economy,” said Pallister. “Our government is committed to working with industry, municipalities and all levels of government to help stimulate our economy as we move forward through this global health and financial pandemic.” The $500-million investment through the Manitoba Restart Program announced today will expand on the significant already-planned infrastructure investments of $3 billion over the next two years, the premier noted. The Manitoba Restart Program will include new: • water and sewage projects through the Municipal Water Services Board, • road and highway resurfacing and repairs, • bridge repairs, • municipal infrastructure priorities, and • potential new cost-sharing construction projects with other levels of government if agreements can be reached.

“Today’s announcement builds on our commitment to ensure critical funding to Manitoba municipalities as promised in Budget 2020 remains intact, despite unprecedented financial pressures on the provincial government and record borrowing levels,” said Pallister. “Manitoba’s construction industry is ready to ramp up their work and we have many important shovel-worthy projects throughout the province to start that will improve the quality of life of all Manitobans.” The premier noted specific projects would start to be determined in the coming weeks. This additional investment is one of many measures undertaken by the province through the Manitoba Protection Program, which includes approximately $250 million in supports for small and medium-sized businesses and various measures to help the health and well-being of Manitobans. More information on Restoring Safe Services can be found at: https:// manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/ proactive/2020_2021/restoring-safe-services.pdf


Province Investing $45 Million for Manitoba Seniors to Lessen Financial Burden Posed by Covid-19 Pandemic (May 5, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province is extending $45 million in direct financial support to Manitoba seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Seniors Economic Recovery Credit that will deliver a $200 tax credit to each recipient, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “Senior citizens across the province are facing increased financial hardships because they now have to pay extra for grocery deliveries, or purchasing and learning to use technology at home so they can communicate with their family members and the loved ones they miss,” said Pallister. “Manitobans are working together to navigate this challenging time and seniors throughout our province deserve our help and support.” Created through an expansion of the Manitoba Protection Plan for the public health crisis, the Seniors Economic Recovery Credit will provide every Manitoban aged 65 and older with a one-time, refundable tax credit of $200. To ensure best use of the credit, the Department of Finance will proactively mail a payment cheque as a credit advance to each senior who filed a 2018 income tax return prior to April 1, 2020. Seniors who have changed mailing addresses since the time of their 2018 tax filings will have an opportunity to update the Department of Finance on their address changes through a government web portal at www.manitoba.ca/ seniorseconomicrecoverycredit. Those who do not receive a cheque, have not updated their addresses or are new residents of Manitoba will be able to receive the $200 credit when they file their 2020 income tax return. Almost every senior across the province will receive the payment in May. The $200 credit will not be counted taxable as income and will not be used to claw back income-tested benefits to seniors, the premier noted. “As we slowly and carefully begin the process of reopening of our province’s economy, this credit is putting $45 million directly into the hands of Manitobans as we move forward from COVID-19,” said Pallister. “Manitoba seniors deserve assistance during this pandemic. We can’t relieve all of their stress during these difficult times, but we can make it more affordable for them.” A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/ covid19.html.


CBIC GOES VIRTUAL FOR 2020 AND POSTPONES FULL EVENT TO AUGUST 17-19, 2021 IN PENTICTON, BC To our teef industry fam r: As 202C conmues to un"okf, the Cana bee Inc1ustry and lhe wo, are i unkncM territory am regul�• scheduled £Ne s are ao:0�rng. OJr boarcl (compromised a� � Beef C e �,.,search Counci , Canada Beef, Canadian Bee' Breeds C.Our , Canadian cattlemen's Associatior, Na nal GatJe Feeders Association) have made the cifficutt de::lsioo o �ipooe et. oor.ereoce 9:heduled for Augus 11-13th , 2020 until Augus 17-19th • 2021 Perlticton. Bmish C.Olumba. ·tt is urrortunate that we are a.tie to meet face-o-face 2020, b there are a lot o 7actors ·hat we had o coosider In these extraordira.'Y tirno,.,s,• says Judy Gulchon, Chair of CBIC. ·we are excrtoo tha: B.C. ,., st1I be aole to host the evmt 1n 202 and showcase everything B.C. !"a s o offer." CBC is i the process o plannirg av ual cortera.ce 'or P..ug 1l-13t�, 2020 so -:he Canadian beef ir:dustry can coone::t. ffi'T', and a..ppon one anotl:H. Tl1is evert '1111 be offered as a free ori ne od for � emrn I s-:ry. As an integral part of the connectJvity pc la r in the Na ·era! Beef Stra�egy. OBC wants to conti ue o o er an opportunify ·or the i'X!uS to come tcgether. Inthese unpre:eden ed times with so many unknown c1rcums aroesthe boa."Cl �;anted to ensure that 1tle corterence woud rra?:1 the expecta s of cu delegates, spooscxs and partr,oJS. ·2020 has not gone as paa: ned or any indMdual, and as a: industry the besi thing •.e can do is con ueto support o,e anolJ'lef through these d"lallenging times arid remain op· 01.., 'uture," sa-;s 2019 Ohair afld "eedlot o.vner Ffyan l<asko. "We can't· - our partners, spoosors and oaegates enougll for :: cocoeratIon and suppcrt as we comi ue o 1rd our patr throug s sltua: n."

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COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

It only takes one person to infect many. DON'T BE THAT ONE PERSON. PROTECT yourself, PROTECT your loved ones and PROTECT your community

SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

spread of viruses like COVID-19 during an outbreak. It means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not. With patience and cooperation, we can do this, and we need to do it NOW.

DO THIS:

0 0

Keep at least 2 arms lengths away

We still need to go out in public for things like essential appointments and shopping Where possible, spending time outside and ut1l1zmg green spaces 1s also important In all s1tuat1ons, keep at least 2 metres or 6 feet from others as much as possible This only applies 1f you don't feel sick. If you feel sick, you must stay home.

Stay home as much as possible

Things you can do at home like reading, watching TV, playing games, sitting on your deck, spring cleaning, yard work, and cooking are all good! Staying home

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Non-essential gatherings

We all need to avoid things like parties, weddings, birthdays, play-dates, sleepovers for kids and other non-essential v1s1tors to our homes. Also, avoid all non-essential travel

Physical greetings

whenever possible makes us all safer right now.

Handshakes and hugs are out. We need to get good at non-physical greetings like waving or nodding. Limiting unnecessary touching makes us all safer right now.

Shop wisely

Touching surfaces people touch often

Use technology to keep in touch

Contact with people at higher risk

There are things we need like groceries, fuel and the like. Where possible, use online shopping and home delivery. Please remember that panic buying is not needed. Finally remember that if you feel sick. do not go out - you must stay home.

We all need to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, especially when keeping physical distance. Phone calls, texting, and video chats are all great options.

ALSO REMEMBER:

Walking or exercising outside is good, but keep your distance from others and avoid things like hand rails, public play structures and public phones whenever possible

We all have a responsibility to protect those in our community who are most at risk from COVID-19, which includes the elderly and those with other health conditions. We can use non-physical ways to stay in touch, and where possible we can help these people with getting groceries and other essential errands.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces often


TESA Applications Due to MBP by December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


Government extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (May 15, 2020, Department of Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) helps businesses keep employees on the payroll and encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off, and better positions businesses to bounce back following the crisis.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Extending the program will give workers greater confidence that they will continue to get the support they need during these difficult times. The Government will consult with key business and labour representatives over the next month on potential adjustments to the program to incent jobs and growth, including the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. Any potential changes following the consultation will have as key objectives to maximize employment, ensure the CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and support the post-crisis economic recovery.

The Government also intends to propose legislative amendments to ensure that the CEWS continues to meet its objectives. These proposed amendments would: • Provide flexibility for employers of existing employees who were not regularly employed in early 2020, such as seasonal employees; • Ensure that the CEWS applies appropriately to corporations formed on the amalgamation of two predecessor corporations and • Better align the treatment of trusts and corporations for the purpose of determining CEWS eligibility. The CEWS is a key measure in the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, a comprehensive plan to help ensure that Canadians can pay for essentials like mortgages, rent and groceries, and to help businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills during this time of uncertainty. Since its introduction, the wage subsidy has helped nearly 2 million Canadians keep or return to their jobs. The government continues to assess and respond to the impact of COVID-19, and stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Quick facts • The government has taken action to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that: In addition, Minister Morneau also announced the o Extend the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce approval of regulations to extend eligibility for the CEWS their normal working hours because of developments beyond to ensure that it continues to support those employers the control of their employers. and workers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and o Introduce, in the second half of May, the Canada Emergency protects the jobs Canadians depend on. These Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses to regulations extend eligibility for the CEWS to the provide a forgivable loan to eligible commercial property following groups: owners, who in turn give a rent reduction of at least 75 per • Partnerships that are up to 50-per-cent owned by cent for April (retroactive), May, and June to impacted small non-eligible members; business tenants who have experienced at least a 70 per cent • Indigenous government-owned corporations that drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. are carrying on a business, as well as partnerships o Launch the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator to support employers as they prepare to apply for the CEWS. On where the partners are Indigenous governments April 27, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency launched the and eligible employers; application process for the CEWS. • Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations; o Provide support to businesses through the Business • Registered Journalism Organizations; and Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development • Non-public colleges and schools, including Canada (EDC) under the Business Credit Availability Program institutions that offer specialized services, such as (BCAP). As part of this program, EDC and BDC will provide arts schools, driving schools, language schools or direct lending and other types of financial support at market flight schools. rates to otherwise viable businesses and organizations whose access to financing would otherwise be restricted. By working in close cooperation with financial institutions, this program is filling gaps in market access and leveraging additional lending by private sector institutions.

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Quick facts continued from page 9 Employers with a total payroll of $20,000 to $1.5 million in 2019 will also be eligible to access the Canada Emergency Business Account, which will provide interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses, including not-for-profits. • Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports, until June. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country. • Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief, amounting to $55 billion in liquidity support, would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.


Benefits payments for eligible Canadians to continue until Fall 2020 (May 15, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release)

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue is announcing that benefit payments will continue for an additional three months for those who are not able to file their 2019 returns on time. Eligible Canadians who are presently receiving the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) credit and/or the Canada child benefit (CCB) will continue to receive these payments until the end of September 2020. As previously announced as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the tax filing deadline has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency expects many Canadians will need to take advantage of the extended deadline. Therefore, if the 2019 tax return is not assessed, and to allow time to calculate benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payments, payment amounts will be based on information from 2018 tax returns. If 2019 tax returns are not received and assessed by early September 2020, estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020 and the taxpayer will have to repay the estimated amounts that were issued as of July 2020. The CRA encourages Canadians to file their tax returns by June 1, 2020 or as soon as possible in order to receive the right amount of benefits based on their 2019 tax return, and in order to ensure continuity of benefits beyond September 2020. The CRA has helpful information and a step-by-step guide to help Canadians complete their taxes. To help file taxes, free virtual clinics will be offered by local organizations, in partnership with the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and the joint CRA and Revenu Québec Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program. These clinics will be held on an interim basis to help those with low and modest incomes and a simple tax situation who are looking for support during tax season.

Quick facts • Benefits payments starting in July 2020 and those scheduled for August and September won’t be interrupted for those who are presently receiving the GST/HST credit and/or the CCB. • The CRA is currently processing paper returns. However, due to the reduced staff onsite to support physical distancing in all of our offices, Canadians that have filed a 2019 tax year paper return can expect significant delays in processing their return. To assist with these delays, the CRA will allow these Canadians the option to also file a 2019 return electronically. This is a temporary measure which started on April 20, 2020. • Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 1, 2020. • On May 12, Minister Lebouthillier announced that free virtual clinics will be held on an interim basis to help those with low and modest incomes and a simple tax situation who are looking for support during tax season. • Virtual clinics will have new flexibility to receive and authenticate documents in a variety of ways, including allowing the use of video communication. • As announced on May 12, the government is temporarily extending Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed. This will ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. Associated links • Benefits, credits and financial support: CRA and COVID-19 • COVID-19: Free virtual tax clinics • Get ready to do your taxes • Doing your taxes


New Regulation Enables Designated Provincial Officials to Enforce Emergency Public Health and Health Hazard Orders (May 14, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

**The Manitoba government is designating additional provincial government officials to enforce public health emergency orders and emergency health hazard orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “As we slowly and carefully begin to restart our economy and loosen some restrictions on nonessential services and businesses, there will be a need for additional supports to enforce the current measures in place,” said Pallister. “We have authorized additional provincial personnel to ensure we have the capacity for enforcement if necessary to help keep Manitobans healthy and safe and keep our COVID curve flat.” The Additional Enforcement Personnel Regulation, enacted under The Public Health Act, provides authority to government officials designated in the regulation to enforce public health emergency orders and emergency health hazard orders. This includes: • safety and health officers under The Workplace Safety and Health Act; • inspectors under The Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Control Act; • public health officers appointed under The Public Health Act; • park patrol officers under The Provincial Parks Act; and • public health officers within Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development including food safety inspectors, animal health inspectors and animal protection officers. In addition, with the assistance of Manitoba Conservation officers, who already have the ability to enforce these orders, provincial park patrol officers will be able to enforce public health emergency orders related to public travel, social distancing and gathering size. In all, more than 3,000 provincial and municipal personnel can be deployed to enforce COVID-related orders. These officials will operate in their regular roles and provide education and warnings to businesses in their sectors as required. As with other enforcement agencies, tickets will be issued as a last resort.

Other agencies that are able to enforce these orders include: • RCMP, Winnipeg Police Service, Brandon Police Service and other municipal police agencies; • community safety officers; • First Nations safety officers; and • bylaw enforcement officers. Complementing formal enforcement efforts is Operation Safe Apart, which provides an operational framework for the overall enforcement. Operation Safe Apart includes the recruitment of volunteers to assist with public awareness and education with respect to public health orders (PHOs), and refer matters for formal enforcement as necessary. These efforts can be undertaken by a number of organizations including City of Winnipeg community safety ambassadors, Citizens on Patrol (COPP) and the Bear Clan in co-ordination with provincial and municipal officials. In the coming days, the Help Next Door MB website and app will be updated to include a section that will assist in matching municipalities with volunteers. Further information will be available at https:// helpnextdoormb.ca/. In Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made by calling 311, by email at 311@winnipeg.ca or on Twitter 311@winnipeg.ca. Outside of Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry line at 204-945-3744, (toll-free) at 1-866-626-4862 or by email at mgi@gov.mb.ca. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


Extended Deadline to Apply for 2019 Farmland School Tax Rebate

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Manitoba government is introducing additional temporary orders to extend deadlines, social service and child-care provisions, and reduce municipal government regulatory burdens to help address the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are instituting new emergency orders to allow for greater flexibility during this time and give Manitobans the time they need to work around the interruptions this pandemic has caused,” said Pallister.

A state of emergency has been declared by the powers set out in Section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act. The additional orders will ensure continued access to services for Manitobans during the state of emergency in Manitoba due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as: • extending deadlines to apply for the 2019 farmland school tax rebate and to appeal tax assessments to the earlier of Sept. 21, 2020, or the end of the state of emergency associated with COVID-19; • providing exemptions to current license requirements for child care so that early childhood educators can offer child care in their homes and in the community for families who need it during the current state of emergency; • suspending municipal byelections during the current state of emergency, as well as reducing municipal council meeting quorum requirements to provide greater flexibility for local governments; • temporarily suspending meeting provisions for condominium corporations, co-operatives, corporations and credit unions and introducing measures to allow electronic attendance, delivery of notices and voting by other means; • introducing temporary suspensions for in-person commissioning and witnessing provisions related to oaths, affirmation, statutory declarations, health-care directives, powers of attorney, land titles documents and wills; and • temporarily suspending feeds for marriage fees, licences and marriage commissioners if the person has an expired licence issued after Dec. 19, 2019.

The province has the ability to revoke any of the above orders sooner than stated if it deems necessary. To review the new orders, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ soe.html.


Resumption of Class 1 road tests & knowledge tests: Manitoba Public Insurance (May 13, 2020 MPI News Release)

Manitoba Public Insurance is planning to resume both its Class 1 road tests and knowledge testing, beginning the week of May 18. Class 1 testing (semi-trailer trucks) will initially start at Winnipeg’s Gateway Service Centre, with plans to resume at other locations moving forward. Meanwhile, MPI will be calling all customers who had previously booked knowledge tests that were cancelled, in order of their original test dates. These customers will be contacted by MPI to reschedule their appointment. “Safety and protection is paramount for everyone involved,” said Satvir Jatana, Vice President, Employee and Community Engagement, Manitoba Public Insurance. “The Corporation has made several adjustments to the road test process to ensure the safety of both employees and customers. “This resumption on Class 1 road tests and knowledge tests is a small step forward to the day we can resume other class road tests and services to our customers. COVID-19 dramatically changed our world and services we offer however we must all do our part to continue decreasing the curve.” MPI will be contacting all customers who had previously scheduled Class 1 road tests that were cancelled due to COVID-19. These customers will be contacted shortly in order of their original test dates. New test bookings (Class 1 or knowledge) will not be available until all cancelled appointments have been rescheduled.

Due to close proximity within the truck cab, prior to starting the Class 1 road test, customers must do the following: • Provide and wear their own mask (nonmedical masks are permitted) • Answer questions to ensure they have not been exposed to COVID-19 • Sanitize all touchpoints in their vehicle A number of safety precautions will also be enforced for those taking the knowledge test: • Customers are required to bring their own pen and are encouraged to provide and wear their own mask (non-medical and cloth masks are permitted). • Customers will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering the testing location before writing their test and again prior to having their vision tested. “If the customer is not able to comply with all of these requirements, their test may be cancelled and rebooked for a later time,” said Jatana. “At any time during the pre-test or road test, if the customer shows symptoms of a respiratory illness and/or COVID-19 (coughing, etc.), the test may be cancelled immediately and rebooked for a later time.” Driver examiners will be wearing full personal protective equipment, including masks and eye protection. All other classes of road tests are currently unavailable. The Corporation is working toward the safe resumption of all other testing services. More information on resumption of testing will be announced soon.


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Canada Emergency Student Benefit application period to launch on May 15, 2020 (May 13, 2020 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release)

Post-secondary students across Canada are facing unprecedented challenges as they work to complete their studies and find summer jobs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada is providing direct support to students and recent graduates who are facing a very different job market this summer. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the application period for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will begin on Friday, May 15, 2020. The CESB, which will be delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), will provide temporary income support to eligible post-secondary students and new graduates who are unable to work or find work this summer due to COVID-19, or are working and are not making over $1000. If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, or do not earn more than $1,000, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for. Registering with JobBank.gc.ca is a way for students to find available opportunities to earn an income and meaningful work experience that will help them succeed in the future. The CESB will be available from May to August 2020 to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; or who ended their studies no earlier than December 2019. It will also be available to Canadian students studying abroad, as well as high school graduates who will be starting a post-secondary program in the coming months. The CESB will provide $1,250 every four weeks to eligible students, or $2,000 every four weeks to eligible students with disabilities, or those with children or other dependants. The CRA will offer the same fast and easy application process that has delivered CERB payments to millions of Canadians. Starting on May 15, 2020, eligible students will be able to apply for the CESB online through their CRA My Account or by phone through CRA’s automated toll-free line. To help manage the volume of applications, applicants will be asked to apply over four days depending on their month of birth, and can expect their payment in three business days from when they are deemed eligible if they are using direct deposit.

To get ready to apply, the CRA is encouraging eligible students to take three easy steps: 1. Create a profile with the CRA by calling 1-800-959-8281 (for students who have never filed a tax return) 2. Register for a CRA My Account as it is the fastest and easiest way to complete an application 3. Enroll in Direct Deposit to have CESB payments deposited directly into their bank accounts. Financial institutions across the country are also allowing Canadians to sign up for CRA Direct Deposit through their bank portals in a few easy steps. The Government of Canada remains fully committed to supporting all Canadians during this global pandemic. The Government will continue to carefully consider any additional steps it can take to do just that. Quick facts • The CESB could help approximately one million students who are facing a very different job market this summer due to COVID-19 pay their bills. • The CESB will be available between May and August 2020 for post-secondary students and graduates. For high school students and those working towards the equivalent of a high school diploma, the CESB will be available between: o May and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent before May 10, 2020; o June and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent between May 10, 2020 and June 6, 2020; and o July and August 2020 if they receive, or are to receive, a high school diploma or equivalent between June 2020 and December 2020. • On April 22, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a comprehensive suite of measures totaling approximately $9 billion, aimed at helping students and new graduates affected by COVID-19. Those measures include the CESB, as well as the doubling of student grant amounts and a raised cap on student loans for the upcoming school year. A six-month, interest-free moratorium on student loan repayment is already in effect. • The CESB is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $146 billion in support to Canadians and businesses through these unprecedented times. Related products • BACKGROUNDER: The Canada Emergency Student Benefit • Backgrounder - Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19


Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board Established to Lead Manitoba’s Economic Recovery and Growth (May 13, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The provincial government has established the new Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board to chart Manitoba’s course for reopening its economy and renewing its growth in order to move the province forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “This board of leaders in sectors including business, technology, financial services and training will draw on its expertise to provide advice to the government on leading Manitoba’s renewed growth following the public health crisis,” said Pallister. “Its members will work as a team to find opportunities for economic recovery and growth, based on the strengths of Manitobans and the province’s communities and industries so Manitoba emerges stronger and more resilient than ever before.” The 18-member advisory board also includes leaders in Manitoba in transportation, real estate, agriculture, education and manufacturing, among a range of other sectors. With a mandate of 18 months, it will advise the government on ways to harness private-sector capital and investment to recover and create jobs and economic growth across the province, the premier noted. The Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board will examine the potential creation of new growth hubs and economic clusters, in addition to networks in which businesses and communities would collaborate to support investment, trade and job creation.

The plan includes identifying opportunities to transform government policies, programs, regulations, and services to support a fast recovery and renewed economic growth, and a further alignment of post-secondary programs and courses with the province’s labour market needs and priorities. “This team of leaders will provide the best possible direction for unleashing privatesector capital and investment for our province,” said Pallister. “The way forward is to foster entrepreneurship and technological growth toward longer-term economic resilience and sustainability.” The premier was pleased to announce that Curt Vossen, president and CEO of Richardson International, has agreed to serve as chair of the board. “I look forward to the prospect of working together to identify and articulate economic opportunities for Manitoba,” said Vossen. The board will report to the premier, and will be supported by staff of Executive Council, the Economic Development Office and the Office of the Clerk of the Executive Council and Cabinet Secretary to ensure a whole-of-government approach. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/ covid19.html


Process launched allows temporary foreign workers to get back to work quickly (May 12, 2020 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada News Release)

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every sector in Canada, temporary foreign workers and their employers are confronted by new challenges in a rapidly changing job market.

Many temporary workers with employer-specific work permits lost their jobs this spring. While some have left Canada, others are unable to leave due to international travel restrictions or the reduction in flights available. Under existing rules, to change jobs they need to apply and wait for a new work permit to be issued before starting to work at their new job.

“Temporary foreign workers are an integral part of the Canadian workforce and Canada’s COVID-19 response. They are helping us meet urgent labour needs, to ensure our food security and deliver essential goods and services. While there will always be jobs for Canadians who choose to work in these sectors, these changes help support our economy by ensuring that temporary foreign workers already here can contribute during these extraordinary times.”

– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Quick facts • COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Canadian labour market and while At the same time, many employers in sectors that have Canadians are encouraged to fill job ongoing labour needs and who provide critical goods and vacancies in critical sectors, a lack of services to Canadians, such as agriculture, agri-food and workers in agriculture, food processing or health care, find themselves with urgent needs for health care could harm Canada’s food additional employees. security and health-care service capacity. • To be eligible, workers must That is why the Government is announcing, effective o be in Canada with valid status immediately, a new, temporary policy that will drastically o have an employer-specific work reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to permit or have been working under start a new job. a work permit exemption o have submitted an application for a While this policy is in place, a worker who is already in new work permit with a valid job Canada and has secured a new job offer, typically backed offer under either the Temporary by a labour market test, can get approval to start working Foreign Worker Program or the in their new job, even while their work permit application is International Mobility Program being fully processed. This will cut what can often take 10 • The work permit applicant must then weeks or more, down to 10 days or less. submit a request to IRCC. The request will be reviewed within 10 days, and if As part of Canada’s whole-of-government approach, approved, authorization for the worker to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will continue start working in their new job will be sent to look for ways to support the economy and protect the to them by email. health and safety of Canadians during the COVID-19 • There is no change to the role of the outbreak. employer in the process for hiring foreign workers. An employer needs to have, or obtain, a valid positive Labour Market Quotes “Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international Impact Assessment (LMIA) from students are making considerable contributions to Canada’s Employment and Social Development response to the unprecedented challenge that COVID-19 Canada, name the worker in a position on poses. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep the LMIA, and notify Service Canada. For an Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods employer-specific, LMIA-exempt situation, and services. The new policy we are announcing will allow the employer needs to submit an offer of Canadian businesses to recruit the workers they need and help employment through the International unemployed workers contribute to the Canadian economy Mobility Program Employer Portal. during this pandemic.” • In 2019, almost 190,000 employer-specific – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., work permits were issued to foreign Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship nationals.


COVID-19: Temporary suspension of service at select Canadian border services locations (May 12, 2020 Canada Border Services Agency News Release)

Farm Credit Canada-backed fund offers innovative and flexible solutions for uncertain times (May 14, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), announced the launch of a $100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in partnership with Forage Capital Inc. – a Calgary-based venture capital firm – the Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund is set up to provide companies with the financial stability and flexibility they need to rebuild their business models during challenging times. FCC is the sole investor in the fund. The fund is set up to support a wide range of enterprises in the agribusiness and agri-food sector, including companies involved in primary production, agri-tech, manufacturing, packaging and distribution. The fund will help companies in times of need through innovative solutions such as convertible debt investments and other flexible financing solutions. Applications will be assessed individually on their merit, and will be supported to a maximum of $10 million. The primary goal of the Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund is to return recipient companies to a sound financial footing. To qualify, companies need to demonstrate an impact from an unexpected business disruption, such as the loss of a key supplier, temporary loss of a facility or permanent loss of critical staff or leadership. Funds cannot be used to repay shareholder loans or purchase shareholder equity positions. The announcement complements the Minister’s announcement on March 23, 2020 to enhance FCC’s lending capacity by an additional $5 billion to help producers and agri-food businesses with access to cash flow to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that announcement, more than 4,800 producers and agri-food businesses have used payment deferral options on FCC loans totaling $4 billion and have established credit lines totaling more than $500 million to alleviate short-term cash flow concerns.

Further to the reduction of service at some Canadian land border ports of entry on April 15, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the temporary suspension of service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry, ferry terminals and to the Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) program. These COVID-19 related measures are temporary, and in effect as of May 12, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT. They will remain in effect until further notice. The CBSA will proceed with the temporary suspension of service at a total of 342 small vessel reporting sites and 126 small airports. Air and marine traffic will be redirected as appropriate. The small vessel reporting locations are primarily marinas and telephone reporting sites that support recreational boating. With the high-traffic boating season fast approaching, the CBSA typically observes an increase in the volume of travellers coming to Canada at these sites for recreational purposes, which are currently prohibited. In support of the Government of Canada’s objective to have all inbound travellers assessed for symptoms of COVID-19, the Agency is redirecting air and marine traffic to ports of entry where the CBSA maintains or can deploy officer presence. Additionally, a number of ferry operators have decided to suspend services between Canada and the United States. This decision was made independently by each ferry operator. The Remote Area Border Crossing Program (RABC), which is only available in parts of northwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba, has been temporarily suspended. Permit holders cannot use their RABC permit to enter Canada until current Canadian travel restrictions are lifted. The Government of Canada continues to introduce border measures to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada. All discretionary or optional travel into Canada continues to be prohibited. The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities, and are able to provide and access essential goods and services. Quick facts + Ports of entry remaining open during temporary service suspension • This temporary suspension of service will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves. • Travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering upon entry to Canada and while in transit to isolation or quarantine, unless the mask or face covering needs to be removed for security or safety reasons. • Travellers who are granted entry into Canada will be informed of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s mandatory 14-day isolation requirement. This is mandatory for all coming into Canada even if they do not have any symptoms, as they are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others. If they do have symptoms, they will be referred to a health professional. • Travellers will also be required to provide their contact information and place of isolation to help PHAC monitor and enforce compliance with the 14-day isolation requirement.


Federal government announces additional support for Canadian seniors (May 12, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

No Canadian should have to choose between putting food on the table, filling their prescriptions, or paying their bills. Yet too many seniors are facing significant health, economic, and social challenges due to COVID-19. They helped shape this country, and now they need our help. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has introduced measures to support seniors. We invested $1.3 billion in a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit in April. More than 4 million seniors benefited from this top-up, which gave an average of $375 for single seniors and $510 for senior couples. We also invested in community organizations that provide practical services to Canadian seniors, including the delivery of groceries and medications. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. These measures include: • Providing additional financial support of $2.5 billion for a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). This measure would give a total of $500 to individuals who are eligible to receive both the OAS and the GIS, and will help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19. • Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer communitybased projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors, and help them maintain a social support network. • Temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed. This will ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020.

The Government of Canada will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We stand ready to take additional actions as needed to support all Canadians, including seniors, and stabilize the economy. Quick Facts • There are currently 6.7 million seniors who are eligible for the OAS pension and 2.2 million who are eligible for the GIS. • The government has taken a number of actions to support seniors through the outbreak of COVID-19, such as: o Providing a one-time special payment through the GST credit for low- and modest-income families. Close to 85 per cent of single seniors and almost half of senior couples benefited from this payment. o Providing seniors flexibility with their Registered Retirement Income Funds, by reducing minimum withdrawals by 25 per cent for 2020. This will help preserve assets during a volatile market. o Contributing $9 million through United Way Centraide Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports. o Investing $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians, including seniors, facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. o Creating a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations to adapt the services they provide to vulnerable groups, including seniors, in response to COVID-19. o Introducing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers, including seniors, who have lost their income due to COVID-19. Pension income does not affect eligibility to the CERB. The government also extended the eligibility of this benefit to individuals who earn up to $1,000 per month, as well as workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.


Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs (May 11, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

COVID-19 has altered the way we live our lives and, every day, Canadians are facing new challenges during this crisis. As more people worry about paying their bills and caring for their loved ones, the Government of Canada is continuing to take unprecedented action to help protect middle class jobs, and the health and safety of all Canadians. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced new measures to support businesses so they can keep their workers on the payroll and weather this pandemic. Millions of Canadians pay their bills and feed their families

by working for large and medium-sized businesses. The government will offer support to those businesses affected by COVID-19 based on a number of conditions. To help protect Canadian middle class jobs, and safeguard our economy, the Government of Canada will: • Establish a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. The objective of this support is to help protect Canadian jobs, help Canadian businesses weather the current economic downturn, and avoid bankruptcies of otherwise viable firms where possible. This support will not be used to resolve insolvencies or restructure firms, nor will it provide financing to companies that otherwise have the capacity to manage through the crisis. The additional liquidity provided through LEEFF will allow Canada’s largest businesses and their suppliers to remain active during this difficult time, and position them for a rapid economic recovery. • Use key guiding principles in providing support through the LEEFF, including: o Protection of taxpayers and workers: Companies seeking support must demonstrate how they intend to preserve employment and maintain investment activities. Recipients will need to commit to respect collective bargaining agreements and protect workers’ pensions. The LEEFF program will require strict limits to dividends, share buy-backs, and executive pay. In considering a company’s eligibility to assistance under the LEEFF program, an assessment may be made of its employment, tax, and economic activity in Canada, as well as its international organizational structure and financing arrangements. The program will not be available to companies that have been convicted of tax evasion.

In addition, recipient companies would be required to commit to publish annual climate-related disclosure reports consistent with the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, including how their future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate goals. Fairness: To ensure support across the Canadian economy, the financing is intended to be applicable to all eligible sectors in a consistent manner. Timeliness: To ensure timely support, the LEEFF program will apply a standard set of economic terms and conditions. • Expand the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to midsized companies with larger financing needs. Support for midmarket businesses will include loans of up to $60 million per company, and guarantees of up to $80 million. Through the BCAP, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with private sector lenders to support access to capital for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. • Continue to provide financing to businesses through Farm Credit Canada, the BDC, and EDC, including through the Canada Account. This will ensure the government is able to respond to a wide range of financing needs, including for some large employers facing higher risks, with stricter terms in order to adequately protect taxpayers. These measures are part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which has helped protect Canadian jobs, and committed billions in support to Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the pandemic. This includes an extension on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which allows businesses to keep workers on the payroll. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and take additional actions as needed to protect the health and safety of Canadians and stabilize the economy. Quick Facts • The composition of the mid-market segment may be varied, but the needs of its companies are similar, especially at a time when demand in many sectors has suffered. Mid-market businesspeople are looking for ways to access sufficient liquidity to bridge current uncertainties and to recover. • The expanded BCAP will allow mid-market companies to leverage the Crown’s mandate for support, as well as their expertise and relationships with the country’s financial institutions, in order to access the best complementary solutions that address their financing gaps. • The government’s support for large companies through LEEFF will be delivered by the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV), in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance. The LEEFF program will be open to large for-profit businesses – with the exception of those in the financial sector – as well as certain notfor-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of $300 million or higher. (Continued on next page)


Support for businesses to save jobs (cont. from page 22) To qualify for LEEFF support, eligible businesses must be seeking financing of about $60 million or more, have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and not be involved in active insolvency proceedings. Broader sectoral dynamics for LEEFF applicants will be considered through processes led by ISED. • The LEEFF program will be designed to protect the interests of taxpayers and will require the cooperation of applicants’ private sector lenders, to ensure government financing is focused on sustaining operations. • The government is in the final stages of establishing the program and further information about the application process will be provided shortly. • The government is also supporting Canadian businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak with targeted initiatives that: o Provide effective support to those eligible employers that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The CEWS applies at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. Employers of all sizes from across the economy are eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities

o Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/ Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports, until June. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country. Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020. This relief, amounting to $55 billion in liquidity support, would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has launched a new communications initiative called the Virtual News Roundup, which features short video updates from various industry representatives. It is designed to continue to inform producers of important developments in weeks where a Producer Town Hall is not being held. The first version, launched May 1, can be found on the CCA YouTube channel here. Yesterday marked the second edition and featured an update on agriculture advocacy campaigns, market updates from CanFax and LMAC as well as information on the provincial funding announcements from Alberta and Saskatchewan. The full version can be found here.


Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers, Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions.

SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by Friday, May 22. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


E-Newsletter May 22, 2020

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Government of Canada announces online tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to assist Canadians in accessing financial support (May 22, 2020, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat News Release)

The Government of Canada is committed to getting benefits into the hands of Canadians impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively. Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government, announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19”, on canada.ca/coronavirusbenefits, to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs. “Find financial help during COVID-19” was developed by the Canadian Digital Service, together with partners at Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canada Revenue

Agency, and is part of a suite of online tools and resources the government has made available to help Canadians navigate this crisis with confidence. By answering a few simple questions, individuals will be presented with a personalized list of financial benefits that could be available to them, based on their specific circumstances. The tool provides individuals with information on federal, provincial and territorial benefits programs available to them, including the just-launched Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and the Canada Child Benefit top-up, as well as measures such as mortgage and student loan deferrals. It will be updated as needed as the government continues to support Canadians during this challenging time. Guided by a set of digital principles, this tool was designed for, and with, Canadians to ensure they can get the accurate and timely information they need, now.

Agri-Stability Estimator Developed Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has developed an Agri-Stability Estimator to provide an online aid to help producers understand how the AgriStability program works, how program benefits are calculated and how different scenarios can impact their operations. The Estimator is a single web page, similar to a mortgage calculator. It allows producers to adjust their program year income and expenses to instantly see how benefits are impacted as a result of the changes to income and expenses. Similar to a

mortgage calculator, the AgriStability Estimator is designed to give a rough idea of how the program will respond to circumstances impacting producers’ operations. It is not designed to calculate an exact payment. To use the Estimator, producers can enter high level estimates, they can draw from their Statement of Farming Activities that they file each year to the Canada Revenue Agency or they can use information from their AgriStability Calculation of Program Benefits statement from previous years.


Province Unveils Preliminary Draft Second Phase of Restoring Safe Services Plan (May 21, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is examining additional steps to gradually continue to safely restore services and open additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures remain in place, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “Today we are sharing a draft plan that will help inform and guide us in the second phase of safely restoring our services,” said Pallister. “We thank Manitobans for their diligence in respecting physical distancing guidelines, and we hope to be in a position to move forward and ease some additional restrictions while ensuring the health and well-being of all Manitobans.” In careful consultation with Public Health experts, as part of Phase Two, the province is currently examining limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, to allow for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming. To ensure students are equipped to transition to the new school year, additional teaching days are being examined for the upcoming school year, including starting schools on Aug. 31, and repurposing some of the non-instructional days throughout the school year, the premier noted. “Our young Manitobans are our most precious asset, and we need to do everything we can to support students and help prepare them for a bright future,” said Pallister. “We know this has been a challenging time for students and their families as they juggle remote learning while missing their classmates and friends. We want to examine additional ways to assist them in meeting their educational needs.” The Department of Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders, the premier noted. The draft plan for restoring services in Phase Two builds on measures Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, which set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January.

Others being examined for the second phase of service restoration include: • increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing; • increasing day camp group sizes to 24; • resuming sports activities for children and adults; • lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces; • allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing; • allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations; • allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles; • reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity; • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses that serve food and drinks to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity; and • allowing the resumption of film productions while ensuring physical distancing. Other changes include the increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing residents of personal care homes and longterm care facilities to have visits outdoors. These changes will come into effect on May 22. No changes were made to the requirements for reopening hair stylists/barbers, museums, galleries and libraries and parks, campgrounds yurts and vacation cabins. Continued on next page


Restoring Safe Services Plan - continued from previous page “We look at a number of key factors when making these recommendations including how the spread of the virus has been controlled, the stability of the health system’s capacity, public health capacity and the number of outbreaks in vulnerable settings,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “We will only take additional steps to safely restore services based on this data, as well as on case numbers, testing data and other public health information. Any further changes will be considered based on this data in the coming days and weeks.” Mass gatherings such as concerts, festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. He also noted that it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Roussin also encouraged businesses to take steps to help staff, patrons and visitors stay safe including:

• ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance; • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others; • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms; • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; • staying home when feeling sick; and • following personal risk reduction measures. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Two of service restoration can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ restoring/index.html. Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/. For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, such as steps people can take to reduce their risk and workplace guidance for businesses, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

WLPIP – Calf Extension

The Western Livestock Price Insurance program provides Manitoba cattle and hog producers with insurance policies that reflect market volatility. Producers can sign up for free with no obligation to purchase a policy. There are a range of coverage options available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to best suit individual livestock operations. The deadline to purchase calf price insurance has been extended to June 18, 2020. Be enrolled, be ready. Visit www.wlpip.ca for more information.


Province announces changes to allowable gathering sizes effective May 22 (May 20, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The significant efforts taken by Manitobans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continue to have the desired effect and portions of the Phase 2 reopening plan can now be implemented. As of Friday, May 22 public health orders will be modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. Other changes such as an expansion of the types of businesses that can reopen are being discussed and more details will be announced once those decisions are made. In addition, work is underway to allow limited, outdoor visitation at personal care homes. Individual facilities are putting procedures in place and will be contacting families directly to provide details including the start date, locations and hours for visitation. Facilities are expected to have this in place by Friday, May 29. This is not a return to normal but does provide a balance between ensuring the health of residents while retaining access to social connections.

Enhanced screening will occur upon arrival along with hand hygiene and physical distancing. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed at a time. Indoor visits will remain suspended for now, except for compassionate reasons. For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/ covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19. Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


Financial support toward the completion of this research project was provided by MBP.

Exploring the Connection between Mental Health and Farm Business Management New report reveals 88% of farmers say following a written business plan contributed to their peace of mind. (May 19, 2020 – Ottawa, ON, Farm Management Canada News Release)

Over the past year, Farm Management Canada has been working with Wilton Consulting Group on ground-breaking research that seeks to explore the connection between Mental Health and Farm Business Management. The findings from this research reveal a positive correlation between mental health and farm business management and inform recommendations to support farm business management activities that positively influence farmer mental health as well as mental health supports that positively influence farm business management activities. Stress is the personal, emotional response to external factors, or stressors. When stressed, farmers reported several changes in behaviour to try and cope with stress. Most farmers reported undesirable coping mechanisms that may contribute to poor mental health including working more hours and losing sleep, attending social or family gatherings less, and feeling less in control of their emotions. However, some farmers reported more frequent management behaviours like focusing more on financial numbers and assessing or planning for alternative outcomes when stressed.

Further, building support teams to help provide advice can alleviate some of the burdens of decisionmaking. When difficulties arise, it helps to know that a team of peers, family members and/or advisors has thought through different challenges and weighed in on a course of action. Further education and re-positioning the concept of the farm business plan and farm business team can help farmers see business management and planning as both a way to prepare for uncertain times and a source of guidance when facing difficult circumstances.

Employing business management practices can help farmers get through tough times such as market crashes or crop failures. Among farmers who use written business plans, 88% claim that it has contributed to peace of mind. Outcomes of the project reaffirm findings of other recent research and add new insights into the ways that farm business management can be supported in ways that contribute to farmer mental health.

The report concludes with four themes that capture how Farm Management Canada and the agricultural industry at large can better support farmer mental health in Canada: 1. Continue raising awareness around stresses and the impact of mental health for farmers 2. Support mental health literacy for farmers and those supporting farmers 3. Deliver business management advice, tools and training that focuses on risk management and preparedness as a means of facing uncertainty. 4. Advocate for and expand farmer-specific mental health support services

There is an opportunity to enhance education around the benefits of business planning with a focus on mitigating risk.

24 distinct recommendations are explained further within the Full Report. These research findings are critical for informing government policy, resource allocation, and business management and mental health service providers in supporting healthy farmers and healthy farm businesses for a prosperous and sustainable agricultural sector. Research Methodology The project commenced in spring 2019 with an environmental scan that included a literature review and scoping of existing programs and resources that support farmer mental health. An Advisory Committee made up of diverse agricultural and mental health industry professionals was formed to guide the direction of the research. This report is based on a comprehensive, national study that includes a survey of 1,735 farmers, 14 focus groups and 72 one-on-one interviews with farmers and industry representatives. The survey made use of Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Vision Panel through a unique partnership between the research team, Farm Management Canada, and FCC. Primary research took place between October 2019 and March 2020. Read the Full Report

Quotes: “Our research has found that farm business management practices offer a significant opportunity for managing the stresses of farming in a way that contributes to positive mental health. While management practices cannot eliminate stress entirely, they can play a significant role in reducing stress and promoting positive coping mechanisms. Our research supports a need to improve the support and promotion of farm business management practices on Canada’s farms.” – Heather Watson, Executive Director of Farm Management Canada “Agriculture is more than just a business – it’s human experience filled with passion, dedication and a sense of satisfaction. However, there are also times when the pressure and anxiety of running a farm operation or agriculture-related business can be isolating and overwhelming. We are here to support one another through difficult times – that’s the rural way of life. Together, we can advance our understanding of mental health challenges in the agriculture and agri-food industry, so that no one has to struggle on their own.” – Marty Seymour, Director of Industry Relations, Farm Credit Canada


Farmers to directly benefit from changes to Canada Emergency Business Account Statement from Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (May 19, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Statement)

“Today’s announced expansion of the eligibility to the Canada Emergency Business Account is a big deal for farmers across the country.

Farmers can be assured that we have their back, and we are continuing to roll-out supports for our agriculture sector.” Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

We heard from many farmers that the Canada Emergency Business Account did not work for them, because many did not meet the payroll criteria.

Taken from news release, Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses

We listened to their concerns, and changed the eligibility to ensure farmers without payroll can now access the $40,000 interest-free loan available under CEBA – up to $10,000 of which is forgiven if the rest is repaid by December 31, 2022.

“To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:

• a business operating account at a participating financial institution • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible nondeferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance. Link for information on the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

In dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, our Government has consistently said that we are prioritizing speed, and we continue to fill the gaps. For those farmers who are still unable to access CEBA, they can turn towards the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has launched a new communications initiative called the Virtual News Roundup, which features short video updates from various industry representatives. It is designed to continue to inform producers of important developments in weeks where a Producer Town Hall is not being held. The first version, launched May 1, can be found on the CCA YouTube channel here. Yesterday marked the second edition and featured an update on agriculture advocacy campaigns, market updates from CanFax and LMAC as well as information on the provincial funding announcements from Alberta and Saskatchewan. The full version can be found here.




Please consider taking part in the species at risk study Dear beef producers, Smart Prosperity Institute (a green economy think tank and research network based at the University of Ottawa) is circulating a survey to species at risk (SAR) stakeholders, right-holders and titleholders in the agriculture, forest and wildlife conservation sectors. This survey is part of a multi-year research project on species at risk conservation measures in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors, which aims to provide policy-relevant advice to inform the federal government's Priority Sectors Initiative, under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada. Eligible survey participants include landowners, industry, federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, non-profit organizations and academia. The survey aims to gauge participants’ perceptions of the biological effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the political feasibility of various SAR threat abatement and compensation measures in the agriculture and forest sectors. It will also assess stakeholder preferences for various conservation policy instruments (e.g. cost-share, conservation easements, certification, etc.), as well as opinions about the suitability and necessity of financial compensation for SAR conservation actions.

SPI has pre-tested the survey to ensure that it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the mandatory survey questions. You may also choose to answer the optional questions at the end of the survey. Moreover, you can save your progress and return to the survey at a later date. Smart Prosperity Institute hopes to receive all of the survey responses by Friday, May 22. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has committed to participating in the survey. As a CCA member, Manitoba Beef Producers asks you to consider participating in this survey which is available at the following link: https://rc1usery53gtbwwwwsfw.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26a0q5u1LHfYDm5 Participating in this survey would provide the beef industry with a strong opportunity to voice its views and preferences on SAR policy. The survey also has the potential to improve policymaking by informing practitioners of the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of species at risk conservation and recovery actions, as well as the overall acceptability of these actions. Results from the survey will be reported through a number of media-based platforms (including webinars), and a published report on species at risk trends in Canada's agriculture and forest sectors. All personal information will be kept confidential and survey data will be stored in a format that cannot be linked to individual respondents. All survey results will be reported in terms of aggregate-level trends, and the identities of participants will not be revealed in any communication of results. If you have any questions about the survey or to report any trouble-shooting issues, please contact Scott McFatridge at scott@smartprosperity.ca. MBP thanks you for considering participating in this survey.


COVID-19 IS HERE, MANITOBA

It only takes one person to infect many. DON'T BE THAT ONE PERSON. PROTECT yourself, PROTECT your loved ones and PROTECT your community

SOCIAL DISTANCING (also called Physical Distancing) is the best way to reduce the

spread of viruses like COVID-19 during an outbreak. It means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not. With patience and cooperation, we can do this, and we need to do it NOW.

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Handshakes and hugs are out. We need to get good at non-physical greetings like waving or nodding. Limiting unnecessary touching makes us all safer right now.

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There are things we need like groceries, fuel and the like. Where possible, use online shopping and home delivery. Please remember that panic buying is not needed. Finally remember that if you feel sick. do not go out - you must stay home.

We all need to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones, especially when keeping physical distance. Phone calls, texting, and video chats are all great options.

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Walking or exercising outside is good, but keep your distance from others and avoid things like hand rails, public play structures and public phones whenever possible

We all have a responsibility to protect those in our community who are most at risk from COVID-19, which includes the elderly and those with other health conditions. We can use non-physical ways to stay in touch, and where possible we can help these people with getting groceries and other essential errands.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces often


TESA Aplications Due to MBP December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Join us for a webinar on June 02, 2020 at 7:30pm The webinar will feature information and tips on how to approach Western Livestock Price Insurance (WLPIP) Calf Policies, Evaluate Pricing given COVID-19 uncertainty. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Livestock Predation Prevention Project Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is seeking a highly motivated individual to work part-time on a contract basis for three years to help develop and deliver the LPPPP. Information about the job posting can be found here. Applications are due by May 31, 2020.


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PROVINCE CONTINUES MEASURES FOR MANITOBANS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC Deferred Tax Filing Deadlines, Postponed Eviction Hearings and Rent Freeze Support Manitoba Businesses, Tenants: Fielding (Government of Manitoba News Release, May 29, 2020)

The Manitoba government is once again extending measures aimed to help residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today. “Manitoba’s small- and medium-sized businesses continue to face a challenging economic situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to help them further by giving them more time to submit provincial taxes,” said Fielding. “As we enter Phase Two of restoring services across Manitoba and more businesses reopen, we want to provide them with some additional financial flexibility.” After extending the April and May filing deadlines for small and medium-sized businesses with monthly remittances of no more than $10,000, the province is now extending the deadlines for June as well. Businesses will now have up to three additional months to remit retail sales taxes and the Health and Post Secondary Education Tax Levy, commonly called the payroll tax. Fielding noted in the last two months, deferred retail sales and payroll tax deferrals resulted in an estimated $10.8 million savings to Manitoba businesses. The province is continuing to postpone non-urgent eviction hearings and suspending any rent increases scheduled to take effect in June. The Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) and Residential Tenancies Commission (RTC) will continue to postpone all hearings for non-urgent matters to halt evictions, and all scheduled

hearings are delayed to protect Manitobans from evictions during the pandemic, with certain exceptions to deal with urgent issues that involve the health and safety of tenants. Eviction orders will only be issued to address issues affecting health and safety including unlawful activities. “We continue to balance safety concerns with support for renters facing economic hardship or needing to self isolate due to COVID-19,” said Fielding. “The Residential Tenancies Branch remains available to resolve urgent situations involving health and safety for landlords and tenants.” Fielding noted the RTB also recognizes landlords are experiencing financial challenges as some tenants are unable to pay full rent. After June 30, the branch plans to schedule hearings to adjudicate landlord applications for orders of possession on a priority basis. Hearings will be scheduled based on the order in which the applications are received. Landlords and tenants are encouraged to contact the RTB for information by telephone at 204-945-2476 or (toll-free) at 1-800-782-8403 and by email at rtb@gov.mb.ca. Information on filing requirements is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/finance/taxation/bulletins.html. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


PROVINCE UNVEILS OVER $7 MILLION IN NEW CONSERVATION TRUST PROJECTS Building a Legacy of Work To Benefit all Manitobans: Pedersen (Government of Manitoba News Release, May 28, 2020)

The first round of Conservation Trust projects for 2020 have been awarded to 19 different conservation organizations, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. More than $1.8 million in Conservation Trust funds will contribute to 23 Manitoba projects throughout the province, with matching funds of nearly $5.4 million, the total investment in these project is more than $7 million. “The projects announced today provide support to Manitoba-based conservation work that conserves and enhances Manitoba’s natural infrastructure,” said Pedersen. “The conservation work being done throughout the province is building a legacy of work that will benefit all Manitobans and ensure Manitoba remains Canada’s cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province.” The Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan called for the establishment of a trust to provide long-term and stable support to conservation efforts throughout the province. The Conservation Trust was established in 2018 with a $102 million contribution to The Winnipeg Foundation that established an endowment fund to generate annual revenues for conservation projects in perpetuity. Two additional Trusts, the GROW Trust and the Wetlands GROW Trust, have also been created, bringing Manitoba’s total investment in these trusts to $204 million. Activities funded by the Conservation Trust include conserving biodiversity, mitigating floods and droughts, supporting climate-change mitigation through carbon sequestration, improving soil health, preserving waterways and decreasing soil erosion. “Investing in projects that preserve our environment cannot wait as they play a vital role in combating climate change,” Pedersen noted. “Due to the innovative approach and the permanent endowment we have created, the Conservation Trust’s revenues ensure we are able to invest in worthy projects year after year, no matter the financial pressures Manitoba faces.” The first round of Conservation Trust Funding for 2020 include:

• Association of Manitoba Community Pastures’ Grassland Study and Biodiversity Enhancement Project ($250,000) – This Manitoba-based group is working with producers to address the dangers posed to Manitoba grasslands, while preserving the integrity of community pastures that support a variety of habitats. The project will engage wildlife biologists to work towards native prairie and rangeland enhancement. • Three projects of Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association ($231,333 total) – This farmer-led group will help farmers to adopt practices that restore wildlife habitat and enhance carbon sequestration, soil health and water management. • Fort Whyte Alive’s Open Spaces Enhancement Project ($40,000) – Fort Whyte Alive provides opportunities for Manitobans to connect with nature and understand the importance of the environment to everyone’s well-being. This investment will be used by Fort Whyte to help Manitobans connect to the natural world through the enhancement of the open spaces surrounding its Interpretive Centre. • Opasquia Trails Incorporated’s Grace Lake Boardwalk and Boreal Forest Trail ($50,000) – East of The Pas, the project at Grace Lake will see a boardwalk added to a land-based trail through an old growth boreal forest. The project will connect visitors with the natural environment in order to enhance education, life skills, culture, arts, recreation and tourism to this area of northern Manitoba. • Delta Waterfowl’s Conservation and Enhancement of Wetlands in Manitoba Project ($75,000) – Delta Waterfowl is working to conserve biodiversity through enhancing waterfowl breeding habitats and nesting structures throughout Manitoba. • Inter-Mountain Watershed District’s Streambank Stabilization Project on Turtle River ($147,500) – The community-based watershed district is working to reduce soil erosion and restore riparian habitats along the Turtle River as outlined in the Dauphin Lake Integrated Watershed Management Plan. Continued on page 4


Conservation Trust cont. from page 3 Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen making the announcement. Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires is also pictured. Courtesy Twitter

The Conservation Trust is permanently endowed to support and inspire conservation projects for generations, Pedersen said, adding the fund is expected to generate on average $5 million a year, which will be invested into conservation efforts throughout Manitoba every year. It is managed by The Winnipeg Foundation, with projects approved, tracked and evaluated by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

“We are pleased to be part of a permanent funding initiative that will support long-term support for conservation and adaptation to climate change in rural Manitoba,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. “This approach has been very well received by the conservation community in Manitoba and beyond.” A second round of Conservation Trust and GROW Trust grants focused on watershed projects will be announced in the coming months.

Marie-Claude Bibeau chats with Sonny Perdue - Courtesy Twitter

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke to her US and Mexico counterparts (May 28, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Statement)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as part of their continued collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed the importance of sustaining uninterrupted food and agriculture trade to ensure food security and safeguard the citizens in our three countries. The leaders also emphasized their commitment to a smooth and effective transition to the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which enters into force July 1, and acknowledged that open trade and maintaining our integrated supply chain are instrumental in recovering from COVID-19 and facilitating economic growth. Quote

WLPIP – Calf Extension

The Western Livestock Price Insurance program provides Manitoba cattle and hog producers with insurance policies that reflect market volatility. Producers can sign up for free with no obligation to purchase a policy. There are a range of coverage options available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to best suit individual livestock operations. The deadline to purchase calf price insurance has been extended to June 18, 2020. Be enrolled, be ready. Visit www.wlpip.ca for information.

“My videoconference with my North American counterparts today provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of our mutual agriculture and food trade, which last year totaled $38.9 billion. Trilateral cooperation and stable, strong trade is more important than ever to support our farm families and agri-food businesses, and to keep our economy resilient.” - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food


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MFGA REGISTERS NATURAL HAT TRICK OF MANITOBA CONSERVATION TRUST PROJECTS 2020 Soil Health, Regenerative Agriculture, Producer Profitability and Riparian Areas hit producer group’s scoresheet with huge assists from Manitoba Government, project partners and Manitoba producers Winnipeg, MB (May 28, 2020)— Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association (MFGA) received fantastic news from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen and the Province of Manitoba's Conservation Trust announcement today with official notice that three MFGA-led projects had received approval. “We are ecstatic with this news becoming official and we want to thank the Province of Manitoba, Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba Agriculture Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen for giving the opportunity for groups like MFGA to deliver on agricultureconservation-based projects that are designed to benefit wildlife and producers via the environmental and economic pillars of each Conservation Trust project,” said Larry Wegner, MFGA Chair. “The Manitoba Conservation Trust is truly a made-in-Manitoba gem and we salute the work of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, the Conservation Trust team and the Winnipeg Foundation for their important roles in the ongoing development and success of this excellent program.” According to Wegner, today’s great news from the Manitoba Conservation Trust is a valuable reinforcement that MFGA’s collaborative producer-based approach is working and gaining traction with partners. “The ultimate goal for MFGA is producer profitability resulting from healthy agricultural lands being managed with wise land-use practices that vastly improve soil, water and air quality,” says Wegner. “When combined with our increasing supporter and producer networks, our growing leadership profile on Regenerative Agriculture and the projects we have successfully delivered on our resume, MFGA’s constant focus on the win-win-win for our organization goals and the interests of producers and project partners really is a winning formula for all. The Conservation Trust funding today is a really nice feather in our cap and we relish the opportunity to successfully deliver all three of these excellent projects.” The 2020 announcement marks the second year that a MFGA project has been approved by the Manitoba Conservation Trust. In 2019, MFGA was the successful proponent on the Kirkella Community Pasture Enhancement Project which is now entering Year 2 with project activities ramping up this year after a pasture assessment was completed and reviewed in Year 1.


MFGA-Led Conservation Trust Projects 2020: 1. Conservation Trust Category: Soil Health: Soil Health and Cover Crops: Strength from the Soil: Building on the Biological foundation for Producers and Wildlife. MFGA will lead a one-year project to work with interested producers from the Central Assiniboine, Assiniboine West and Souris River Watershed Districts to target 2000 acres over the one year project to improve the ecological health of the soil, increase profit at the farm gate and advance continued improvement in ecological services being delivered from the farming landscape. The Conservation Trust, will provide $90,000 for the project with the remaining approximately $180,000 of the project funding made up inkind and by matching funding by the project partners. With a key focus on cover crops, the project will support landowners’ Regenerative Agriculture practices that benefit their farms and the soils of their operations by keeping living roots in the ground for as many days of annual sunlight as possible. 2. Conservation Trust Category: Wildlife and Habitat: A new approach to restoring profitability, wildlife habitat and soil health on a watershed basis. MFGA will work closely with Ducks Unlimited Canada to deliver an incentive-based forage program that restores grasslands and protects the adjacent wetlands. Two distinct forage programs that sign long-term agreements with private landowners will be delivered that targets both grain and cattle producersThe goal is to restore 2,600 acres of grasslands and protect 400 acres of wetlands within two watersheds that overlap DUC’s high wetland density target areas. The $340,000 project will benefit from $113,000 Conservation Trust funding while DUC will contribute the bulk of the in-kind and matching funds through monies for producer incentives. MFGA, Assiniboine West and Souris River Watershed Districts and Redfern Farm Services will provide the balance. 3. Conservation Trust Category: Wildlife and Habitat: Expansion of natural riparian zones for wildlife and watersheds. This two-year MFGA project backdrops onto the lands owned by Borderland Agriculture near Pierson, MB to provide grassland habitat to wildlife while at the same time providing flood mitigation to the Souris River. The twoyear project will benefit from approximately $28,000 in Conservation Trust funding with nearly$57,000 in matching funds provided from partners Borderland Agriculture, DUC, Souris River Watershed District and MFGA.

For More Information: Duncan Morrison, MFGA Executive Director, 204.77.3548, Duncan@mfga.net


Province Launches Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students for Jobs (May 28, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new and exciting online tool dedicated to matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Summer jobs are important for youth in not only helping pay for an education, but for building life skills and developing future career interests,” said Pallister. “Employers also benefit from hiring students, who can bring energy and new perspectives to their operations and assist them greatly in rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic. This new tool will help bring them together.” Student Jobs MB is simple and free to use, allowing students to be matched with and to apply for multiple jobs with the click of a button. The technology is safe and secure, and designed to protect user privacy. Private-sector employers, not-for-profit organizations and governments are able to post jobs and connect directly with students. This tool expedites the hiring process and will encourage student summer employment. Student Jobs MB will be the primary source used by the province to connect students with government employment opportunities offered through the Student Temporary Employment Program, the Conservation Green Team and Urban/Hometown Green Team partners.

This new tool will complement the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, which was launched on April 24 as a key response to the economic impact of the pandemic. The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program supports employers in hiring high school and postsecondary students by making $120 million available for an hourly $7 wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students. To date, 793 employers offering 1,841 student jobs have responded to the program. “As Manitoba restores services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, students can be an important resource to help employers reopen,” said Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. “This easy-to-use online tool will allow students to find jobs in their communities and will help employers connect with quality applicants.” More information on student and youth employment opportunities can be found at: www.studentjobsmb.ca. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


Second Phase of Restoring Safe Services Plan to Begin June 1 (May 27, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release) Based on

feedback from Manitobans and current public health data, the Manitoba government has finalized the draft Phase Two plan and will implement measures effective June 1 to continue safely restoring services and opening additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “I want to thank Manitobans for their input, and as a result of these discussions and advice from public health experts, we are in a position to move forward with phase two of our plan to safely restore our services,” said Pallister. “I also want to thank Manitobans for continuing to respect physical distancing guidelines and ask everyone to keep taking steps to protect themselves and others as we continue to ease restrictions.” As of June 1, limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be allowed for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming. Manitoba Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders, the premier noted. The plan for Phase Two was revised from the original draft document, released May 21, based on input from the public and businesses, as well as additional input from public health officials. Changes include: • detailed guidance for post-secondary educational institutions and vocational colleges; • removing occupancy limits for therapeutic and health-care services; • detailed guidance for senior’s clubs; • additional details on requirements for the safe operation of splash pads; • updated guidance for community centres; • the reopening of arts and cultural activities, such as dance, art and theatre;

• clarifications on the opening of bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-brewers and distilleries to allow sites that do not serve food to open, as well as updated guidance from public health that all patrons must be seated at tables and stand-up service is not allowed; and • detailed public health guidelines for film productions. A number of measures initially outlined in the draft plan for Phase Two can resume effective June 1 including: • increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing; • increasing day camp group sizes to 24; • resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults; • lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces; • allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing; • allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations; • allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles; • reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity; • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity.


Second Phase cont. from page 8 No changes will be made to the requirements for reopening museums, galleries and libraries, and parks, campgrounds yurts and vacation cabins. Detailed information on the plan for Phase Two of service restoration and steps people can take to reduce their risk and workplace guidance for businesses can be found at: www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices and https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html Other changes that came into effect on May 22 included increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing professional sports teams to resume practicing. “Case numbers and positive test rates continue to be low and other key factors are also positive,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “These additional steps to safely restore services will help ease the impacts on Manitobans and ensure the health system continues to be able to respond if case numbers increase slightly.” Mass gatherings such as concerts, festivals and major

sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. He also noted that it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Roussin continued to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, patrons and visitors stay safe including: • ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance; • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others; • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms; • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; • staying home when feeling sick; and • following personal risk reduction measures. Manitoba businesses can submit questions about how the plan applies to them by visiting https://engagemb.ca A comprehensive list of MB government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Government of Canada Benefits Finder

The Benefits Finder is a tool that can help you find Benefits and Services that you may be eligible to receive. It asks a few questions and uses your answers to search. It does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized and accurate your results will be.

Get Started with Benefits Finder You may be eligible for support via other programs as well. Answer some questions to find financial help during COVID-19.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association

(CCA) has launched a new communications initiative called the Virtual News Roundup, which features short video updates from various industry representatives. It is designed to continue to inform producers of important developments in weeks where a Producer Town Hall is not being held.


TESA Aplications Due to MBP December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


Update on Financial Support Offered to Farmers from CEBA Changes (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Statement)

The Canadian Emergency Business Account has potential to provide up to $670 million directly to farmers from the forgivable portion of Canadian Emergency Business Account interest-free loans. It is estimated that the expanded eligibility to the CEBA announced on May 19 more than doubled the amount of farmers eligible for the CEBA benefits. The changes allow an estimated additional 36,566 farms nation-wide to access the CEBA, for a total of over 67,000 eligible farms across Canada. This equates to up to $2.68 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian farmers, 25% of which is forgivable. Each farmer can access up to $40,000 in interest-free loans, which, if paid off by the end of 2022, entitles the farmer up to $10,000 of that amount to be forgiven. “The announced expansion of the eligibility to the Canada Emergency Business Account is a big deal for farmers across the country.

We heard from many farmers that the Canada Emergency Business Account did not work for them, because many did not meet the payroll criteria. We listened to their concerns, and changed the eligibility to ensure a total of 67 000 farm operations without payroll, 36,500 more, can now access the program. In dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, our Government has consistently said that we are prioritizing speed, and we continue to fill the gaps. For those farmers who are still unable to access CEBA, they can turn towards the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. Farmers can be assured that we have their back, and we are continuing to roll-out supports for our agriculture sector.” - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Additional links • Canadian Emergency Business Account • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund


Youth Employment and Skills Program enhanced to help create new positions for youth in the agriculture sector (May 26, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

"Our government recognizes the importance of investing in our youth, and keeping them connected to the labour market in these extraordinary times. Programs like the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, that help to break down barriers to employment and give young Canadians the support they need to launch meaningful careers in vital sectors like such as agriculture, are paramount to ensuring a strong economic recovery." - The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

This additional funding will help the agriculture industry attract Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30, to their organizations to assist with labour shortages brought on by the pandemic. This program aims to provide youth, and particularly youth facing barriers to employment, with job experience in agriculture that will provide career-related work experience.

"Young Canadians are talented, ambitious, and hard-working, yet getting a strong start in the workforce can be challenging for many, especially during this uncertain time. This funding will go to support up to 700 jobs in agriculture and provide young people an opportunity to discover the limitless potential of the agriculture and agri-food industries." - The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.

The YESP will provide agriculture employers up to 50 per cent of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14,000. Indigenous applicants and those applicants hiring a youth facing barriers are eligible for funding of up to 80 per cent of their costs. Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities. Employers may apply for this funding retroactive to April 1, 2020, with projects to be completed by March 31, 2021. Application forms are available through the Youth Employment and Skills Program, or to get more information, please contact aafc.yesppecj.aac@canada.ca, or call: 1-866-452-5558. Quotes "During this unprecedented time, our food producers are working hard to feed Canada, while adjusting their businesses to new challenges, such as a shortage of workers. This program will help agricultural and agrifood businesses meet their labour needs with support for up to 700 workers, while allowing more young people in Canada to explore the limitless potential this industry has to offer." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts • Applications are being accepted (AAFC Youth Employment and Skills Program) on a continuous basis beginning immediately. • The Government of Canada's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is an Employment and Social Development Canada-led horizontal initiative involving 11 federal departments and agencies. • This announcement builds on the measures we have introduced to keep Canada's agri-workforce strong, including: o Travel exemptions for all temporary foreign workers, including seasonal agricultural workers and fish/seafood workers. o $50 million to help the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors cover the incremental costs of associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada. o An expanded Canada Summer Jobs program to prioritize agri-food workers. o IRCC changes to its process to allow temporary workers with an employer-specific work permit, including in agriculture, to quickly change employers when they find a new job. Workers who used to wait 10 weeks or more to begin a new job, will now only wait 10 days or less. o A pilot project for temporary foreign workers who work year-round in the agriculture industry to have a pathway to permanent residency. o A ‘Step up to the Plate' employment portal and agriculture jobs recruitment campaign. Associated links • AAFC Youth Employment and Skills Program • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) – Employment and Social Development Canada • Supporting Canada's farmers, food businesses, and food supply • Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19


Hotline to provide small businesses in need with financial planning advice amid COVID-19 (May 25, 2020, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada News Release)

Small businesses have been facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as they take steps toward reopening. To help them get through this crisis, the Government of Canada has introduced a wide range of supports to help businesses retain their employees, keep their costs low and pay their operating expenses. The smallest businesses may face the additional challenge of accessing tailored financial planning advice to help them survive this difficult period. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced that the Government of Canada will support the launch of a four-week hotline service called the Business Resilience Service. This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities. The hotline is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. As of today, small business owners with pressing financial needs can call 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). Business advisors—125 members of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada)—will be available to provide customized financial guidance to the smallest business owners in the most urgent need and help them make the best decisions for their business as they navigate this crisis. Advisors can answer questions about tax regulations and the implications of COVID-19, inform business owners about government support programs that best fit their unique circumstances, and provide strategic financial planning for their road to recovery.

Every step of the way through this crisis, the government will continue to support Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs—especially vulnerable businesses in dire need of help. Quick facts • The Government of Canada is investing $3 million in the Business Resilience Service, a four-week trial project. It may be extended in the coming weeks depending on the demand and the progress made in the fight against COVID-19. • As of December 2017, there were 1.18 million employer businesses in Canada. Of these, 1.15 million (97.9%) were small, 21,926 (1.9%) were medium-sized and 2,939 (0.2%) were large businesses. • To support Canadians and Canadian businesses as we fight COVID-19, the Government of Canada introduced the largest relief package in our country’s history. This includes major programs such as: o the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which is providing businesses with a $40,000 interest-free loan, through participating Canadian financial institutions. If the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, up to $10,000 will be forgiven. o the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which is helping businesses by covering up to 75% of payroll, retroactive to March 15 and continuing through to the end of August. o The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA), which is helping businesses forced to close by supporting landlords to cover 75% of commercial rents for April, May and June. o In addition to broad support programs, we have also introduced targeted measures to help artists and athletes, innovative and high-growth businesses, Indigenous-owned businesses, women entrepreneurs, farmers and agri-food businesses, and more. Find out more: COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.


Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications (May 25, 2020, Prime Minister of Canada News Release) Canadian

families and small businesses across the country are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. That’s why the Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to protect jobs and businesses, and give property owners support so they can help small business tenants make it through these difficult times. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75 per cent for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50 per cent of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25 per cent and the property owner forgiving at least 25 per cent. Applying for CECRA makes financial sense for property owners, as their success depends on the success of their tenants. If a tenant declares bankruptcy and is evicted, the property owner receives zero rental income and faces additional costs while they search for new tenants. With this program, property owners will continue to receive income, and small business tenants will receive the help they need to recover and come back after the pandemic. CECRA is another measure announced by the Government of Canada to provide important relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship, and help keep Canadians on the payroll.

Quick Facts • As of May 25, 2020, applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website. • The CMHC expects a large number of applications. To manage this volume, the intake of applications will be staggered based on the size and location of the commercial property. Property owners can submit their applications according to the following timetable: o Tuesday, May 26: Property owners who are located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Territories, with up to 10 tenants who are eligible for the program. o Wednesday, May 27: All other property owners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Territories. o Friday, May 29: All property owners across Canada. • This program is for small business tenants that are paying less than $50,000 per month in gross rent, with annual consolidated revenues of less than $2 million, and that have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. It will also be available to nonprofit and charitable organizations.


E-Newsletter June 5, 2020

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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

If you missed our webinar discussion about Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) basics, FAQs, common misconceptions and practical examples of different policies given COVID-19 uncertainty, please click on the above image to view the slide deck supplied by guest speaker Tyler Fulton.


In these uncertain times, livestock price insurance reflects market volatility. You can enrol today and be ready to react. Choose from a range of coverage options every Tuesday, Wednesday and T hursday, to find the best fit for your livestock operation. Sign up is free with no obligation to purchase a policy. Deadline to purchase calf price insurance is extended to June 18, 2020. Protection at your fingertips. Visit wlpip.ca or call 1.844.782.5747

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TESA Applications Due to MBP December 4

Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence.

For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


COVID-19: Manage Your Risk with AgriStability By Scott Dickson, CPA, CA Director of Livestock Services, MNP LLP

When I’m asked which COVID-19 programs are most applicable to cow/calf producers, my first response is: AgriStability. This might seem odd given AgriStability is not a COVID-19 program, but rather a generalpurpose business risk management tool for all types of farming. The problem is that in 2020, COVID-19 related risks are compounding upon regular ongoing risks that cow/calf operations have always faced. Some of the risks that may be specifically caused or impacted by COVID-19 are: 1. Suppliers going out of business and/or supply chain interruptions could result in a negative impact to production; 2. Customers being unable to pay for animals delivered could result in significant bad debt losses; 3. Limited access to markets, loss of processing capacity, and changes in consumer preferences as discretionary income levels drop due to mandatory workplace closures could all negatively impact prices. 4. Supply shortages could increase the cost of feed and other inputs. AgriStability provides protection against losses relating to lost production and falling commodity prices, and rising input costs, including all the COVID-19 related factors outlined above. For 2020, the result may be a scenario where AgriStability benefits are easily triggered, and the resulting payments would likely be greater than the sum of all other specific COVID-19 support programs cow/calf operations would be eligible for. This doesn’t mean the COVID-19 programs should be ignored, and we do give a summary of the applicable ones below. It does mean that signing up for AgriStability by the nowextended deadline of July 3, 2020 needs to be a priority for all cow/calf producers. The most important thing to understand about AgriStability is how much your revenue needs to drop before AgriStability triggers the 30% margin drop and starts to pay benefits. Across all sectors of agriculture in Canada, the answer to that question ranges between less than 2% up to about 40%, depending on the type of farm and cost structure. For cow/calf producers specifically, the revenue drop to trigger a payment is probably in the range of 20% to 35%, again, dependent on cost structure. That reflects a relatively wide range, so it is important for each producer to do their homework to determine where they fit on that revenue drop spectrum. Any eligible cost increases would also favorably impact triggering AgriStability benefits. One final factor to consider is the message we’re hearing from Ottawa in relation to its COVID-19 response. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has repeatedly encouraged producers to take advantage of existing federal programs like AgriStability. Historically, eligibility for government ad


hoc payments made during times of crisis has been tied to enrollment in the AgriStability program, which may well be the case this year. MNP has been working closely with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to propose additional improvements to the AgriStability program including removal of the $3 million funding cap, removal of the Reference Margin Limit (nationally), accessing the AgriRecovery program designed for disasters, and increasing the coverage up from 70%. If any of these proposals are adopted as part of the government’s COVID-19 response, it may add further benefit for cow/calf producers. Here’s the bottom line: if you’ve opted not to participate in the AgriStability program in the past, it’s time to give it another look. The AgriStability enrolment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended without penalty, from April 30 to July 3, 2020. With the added COVID-19 factors coming into play for the 2020 year, cow/calf producers who are not currently enrolled in the AgriStability program should sign up to ensure they benefit from proper risk management. Aside from AgriStability, other COVID-19 government programs have been recently updated to expand access to agricultural producers, so these are also worth considering. Programs applicable to cow/calf producers include the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Temporary Wage Subsidy, Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Canada Emergency Business Account, as well as increased access to financing through BDC and FCC. Due to the ever-evolving benefits, credits and support payments as part of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the information provided above is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions or concerns about AgriStability or what to do next with any of these programs, contact one of our local Manitoba beef industry advisors:

Tere Stykalo, CPA, CGA Dauphin Tere.stykalo@mnp.ca 204-638-67677

Jennifer Christensen, CPA, CGA Portage la Prairie Jennifer.christensen@mnp.ca 204-239-2755

Peter Manness, P.Ag Brandon Peter.manness@mnp.ca 204-571-7717


Interim payment for AgriStability 2020 Raised to 75% for Manitoba Producers (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada information)

To apply for an Interim Payment, you must be a participant in AgriStability for the 2020 program year. See the Interim Guide for further details.

• The Interim Payment is an advance on your final 2020 AgriStability benefit.

• For the 2020 program year, the

governments of Canada and Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have agreed to increase the interim payment rate from 50% to 75% of estimated final benefits.

• If you receive an Interim Payment, you must submit a final 2020 application by the deadline so your final AgriStability benefit can be calculated. If you do not submit the final 2020 application by the deadline, you will be required to repay any benefits you received through the 2020 Interim Payment. • Deadline: March 31, 2021 These forms and guide are to be used by program participants in Manitoba, Newfoundland and LLabrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Yukon.

• 2020 AgriStability Program Interim Payment Application Guide • 2020 AgriStability Interim Payment Application • Schedule 1 -Additional Information • Schedule 2 Worksheet for 2019 Reference Margin

For additional information, see also: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadian-agricultural-partnership/business-riskmanagement-programs/agri-stability.html


Province Increasing Investment to $5.7 Million for CanadaManitoba Job Grants In 2020-21 (June 3, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province is making an increased investment of $5.7 million in the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program this year to better assist businesses with staff training costs as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “A skilled and trained workforce is always critical, and employers are telling us it is more important than ever as they face business challenges resulting from COVID-19. We have increased the budgeted amount for this program to assist with the recovery,” said Eichler. “Small and medium-sized businesses have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, and this program supports training that will help them recover, rebuild and adjust to new economic realities.” The province’s $5.7-million investment for 2020-21 is an increase of $2 million from 2019-20. The program allows employers to apply for up to $10,000 for each of their employees, to a maximum grant of $100,000. Eligible costs include: • tuition fees; • textbooks, software and other required materials; • exam fees; and • travel costs for the training of individuals in northern and remote communities. Applications are now available for CanadaManitoba Job Grants for 2020-21. The application deadline is July 3. Many of Manitoba’s small businesses are adjusting their operations quickly as they look toward a post-pandemic reality,”said Jonathan Alward, Prairie region director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. This funding is a welcome tool to retrain staff and to help businesses adapt.” Manitoba's business community has demonstrated incredible resilience amid COVID-19, an unprecedented challenge that has forced a shift away from the notion of business as usual and has required many businesses to pivot to remain operational,”said Chuck Davidson, president and CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Now, more than ever, our province's employers need access to a skilled workforce, and this grant program can help them upgrade employees’skills.”

Since mid-March, Manitoba Economic Development and Training has held stakeholder roundtables twice per week to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 35 regional and strategic partners, sector councils, industry associations, economic development agencies and chambers of commerce. Eichler noted that department staff are available to help companies complete grant applications, develop training plans to meet their business goals, and develop or improve their human resource plans. More information and an updated application form for the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/wd/ ites/is/cjg.html. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html. The province will fully distribute the $120million fund, which will be equally divided between the successful applicants. Individual amounts will be determined by the total number of participants. The $120 million is substantial and will have a meaningful impact on the lives of many Manitobans,”said John Graham of the Retail Council of Canada. The process of including public and private-sector unions and other private-sector associations in these discussions should be recognized and we appreciate the government’s sincere efforts to facilitate consensus around the eligibility criteria for the risk recognition program.” Manitoba's child-care sector has been an essential part of our province's response to this unprecedented public health crisis, providing necessary care to the children of workers on the frontline fighting this pandemic,said Jodie Kehl, executive director, Manitoba Child Care Association. We appreciate the province recognizing that our early childhood educators, child-care assistants and home-based providers have been exposed to greater risk during this time and providing them with this important payment.”

The province thanks the following groups for participating in the consultation and confidential voting process:

• Abilities Manitoba, • Business Council of Manitoba, • Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, • Canadian Federation of Independent Business, • Christian Labour Association of Canada, • Canadian Union of Public Employees, • Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals, • Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, • Manitoba Child Care Association Inc., • Manitoba Nurses Union, • Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, • Retail Council of Manitoba, • UNIFOR, • United Food and Commercial Workers, and • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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


Stakeholder Consultation Determines $120-Million Risk Recognition Program for Manitobans (June 2, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Based on the consensus of a stakeholder consultation group, the Manitoba government will be distributing $120 million to recognize the risks taken by frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced. Manitoba was the first province to commit to collaborating with the federal government on a costsharing program to recognixe frontline workers who put their own health at risk to keep others safe and provide crucial services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pallister. “Our government wanted to hear from Manitobans who they thought was most in most need of this financial assistance, so we consulted the business community, trade and labour unions and essential services to shape the program and determine which positions should be eligible.” In mid-May, the province announced the $120-million Manitoba Risk Recognition Program and formed a working group with 15 unions, business community leaders and critical service providers to submit feedback that

informed five proposals and vote on the final program. Stakeholders selected a program that will provide a one-time, income-tested payment to eligible low-income front-line workers, with consideration given to the added risk due to COVID-19 and interaction with the public including clients, patients and inmates. Eligible publicand private-sector positions include the areas of health care, social services, justice, transportation and essential retail, food and beverage. I want to thank these organizations, representing more than Manitoba 17,000 businesses and 110,000 workers, for providing valuable input and reaching a consensus on how best to administer risk recognition payments,”said Pallister. Based on their feedback, we will implement a program to recognize and thank workers who played a key role in our provincial pandemic response efforts and made sacrifices in their professional and personal lives to protect all Manitobans, especially those most vulnerable.” Eligible categories include store shelf stockers, retail salespersons, cashiers, cooks, security guards, light-duty cleaners in retail facilities, early childhood educators, licensed homebased child-care providers, family

violence shelter workers, social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners, paramedics, health-care aides, community services workers (including personal care homes, home care, public health, mental health and addictions), direct service workers for adults and children with disabilities, law enforcement (including Winnipeg Police Service, Brandon Police Service and RCMP), correctional officers, long-distance truck drivers and bus drivers. The payment is available to workers employed on a part-time or full-time basis from March 20 the start of the provincial state of emergency)until May 29, who either worked a minimum 200 cumulative hours (or would have worked that amount but were required to self-isolate under public health orders). An employee’s total pre-tax employment income during the eligibility period must be less than $6,250 ($2,500 per month for 2.5 months) and they cannot be enrolled in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The full list of eligible positions and organizations is available at https:// manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/ mrrp.html. Online applications will be accepted starting Wednesday, June 3. The application deadline is June 18 and the province will issue payments via direct deposit once it verifies applications.


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New supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges related to COVID-19 The Government of Canada is providing support to help people with disabilities deal with the extra expenses they are facing during the COVID 19 pandemic. This support includes a one-time payment to certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit, a new National Workplace Accessibility Stream through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, and new investments through the Accessible Technology Program. One-time payment for persons with disabilities A special one-time payment of $600 will be automatically provided to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020. The payment will be provided to eligible Canadians without an application or attestation. It will be non-taxable. Seniors who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit and are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and/or the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will have their payments adjusted accordingly. Seniors who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit and eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, in addition to the special COVID-19 one-time OAS pension payment of $300. Those who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit and are eligible for the GIS will receive a payment of $100, in addition to the combined $500 from the special COVID-19 one-time OAS pension and GIS payments. With this new support and these special payments announced last month, all seniors who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit will receive a total of $600. For certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit who are under the age of 18, the special payment will be made to the individual who is considered primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child for the purposes of the Canada Child Benefit. In cases of shared custody, each parent will receive $300. Where a child who is a certificate holder of the Disability Tax Credit is maintained by an agency and the Children’s Special Allowances are paid for that child, the special payment will be made to that agency.

National Workplace Accessibility Stream of the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities This new stream will provide additional funding to help Canadians with disabilities and their employers to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs in response to COVID-19. Some of the activities supported by this fund will include: • Setting up accessible and effective work-fromhome measures • Expanding online training opportunities • Creating inclusive workplaces, whether virtual or physical • Connecting people with disabilities and employers • Training for in-demand jobs • Wage subsidies New projects from the Accessible Technology Program The Accessible Technology Program is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multiyear strategy to create well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians. The most recent call for proposals from businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and research institutes closed in January 2020. In total, 20 projects from across Canada have received funding since the beginning of the program, including these five new projects that are currently receiving funding: • $557,725 for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to create accessible payment terminals for individuals with sight loss • $106,425 for the University of Laval to develop an arm support that will allow Canadians with disabilities to use standard technology • $199,850 for the Regional Health Authority B, operating as Horizon Health Network, to develop a system that allows Canadians with neurological conditions to interact with technology for a longer period of time • $251,088 for Ryerson University to develop a prototype that will allow individuals with speech disabilities to navigate images to reply to written or spoken messages • $70,307 for the Secret Study Projects to develop extended expression software with voice and Braille controls The technologies established through these projects will help Canadians with disabilities participate more fully in the digital economy, improving quality of life and opportunities for success.


Adjustments to COVID-19 Test Site Locations in Rural Manitoba

In Dauphin, a drive-thru testing site is now located in the parking lot at the Dauphin Community Health Services Building, 625 Third St. SW and will be open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Swan River drive-thru testing site has been relocated to the parking lot at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre, 1000 Main St. and is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a full list of community testing sites and their hours of operation, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html . A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html .

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The Manitoba government announced on June 3 that community testing sites in Dauphin and Swan River have moved to new locations and have revised hours of operation.


E-Newsletter June 12, 2020

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An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Seeks Input From Manitobans on Plans for Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap (June 11, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from the public on its proposed plan to ease public health restrictions and continue safely restoring services, while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced.

“Thanks to the efforts of ‘Team Manitoba’, we have successfully kept our COVID curve flat and continue to have among the lowest test positivity rates in Canada,” said Pallister. “There is a lot to take into consideration as we reopen our businesses and communities, safely. I am pleased to share with Manitobans the draft plan for Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services, and I encourage their input and advice as we move forward in our recovery efforts, together.” The draft plan for Phase Three of reopening the Manitoba economy is based on public health advice and consultation with key sectors. Proposed measures include: • increasing gathering sizes to up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors; • developing guidelines for faith-based and other cultural gatherings, pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual gatherings, and small summer fairs and festivals; • easing border restrictions to allow residents of western Canada and northwest Ontario to enter Manitoba without the need to selfisolate for 14 days; • resuming regular licensed capacity for childcare centres with guidelines in place; • increasing group sizes for day camps from 24 children to 50;

• increasing indoor occupancy levels for community/service centres and senior centres/clubs; • allowing people employed by or affiliated with a film production to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days; • allowing people employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days; • removing occupancy limits for retail businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures are in place; • increasing indoor and patio occupancy limits to 75 per cent of total capacity for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries; and • lifting occupancy limits for regulated and non-regulated health professions including registered massage therapists. Detailed information on the plan for Phase Three, including service restoration, measures the public can take to reduce their risk of COVIC-19 exposure or spreading the virus, and workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/ restoringsafeservices. “As we reopen the economy, we will have to adjust to some level of risk and each person has to decide the level of risk they are willing to accept,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public heath officer. “All Manitobans, especially those choosing to resume some activities, must remember to practise good hand hygiene, not to share items with others and practise physical distancing when with others outside their households.” continued on page 3


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Phase 3 re-opening cont. from page 1 Roussin also noted it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The province continues to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers and visitors stay safe including: • ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance; • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others; • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms; • maintaining physical distancing and foodhandling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; • ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and • following personal risk reduction measures.

“While we can take pride in the progress we’ve made and the additional steps we are considering today, we must remain vigilant,” Pallister said. “If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase Three measures may be paused and previous measures may be re-introduced. We do not want a COVID comeback, we want a Manitoba comeback.” Manitoba businesses can submit questions about how the plan applies to them by visiting https://engagemb.ca. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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2020 Canada-Alberta Fed Cattle Feed Cost Offset Initiative Includes Immediate Fed Cattle Feed Assistance Payment and a Bid Set-Aside (June 12, Agriculture Financial Services website)

Starting June 12, 2020 fed cattle producers can apply for support for fed cattle set aside between May 1 and June 30, 2020. Immediate support is the first component of the 2020 Canada-Alberta Fed Cattle Feed Cost Offset Initiative, in response to industry disruptions due to COVID-19. This joint Canada-Alberta AgriRecovery initiative has two components – first, the Fed Cattle Feed Assistance, a retroactive payment for cattle set aside from May 1 to June 30 and second, a Bid Set-Aside process for cattle set aside starting June 29, 2020. The bid component of the initiative will continue until the initiative’s funds are distributed, the need to set aside animals no longer exists or the end date of March 31, 2021. This initiative is subject to a signed contribution agreement by both levels of government. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) will administer both stages of the program in Alberta. “COVID-19 disrupted cattle processing across North America, which bottlenecked fed-cattle ready for slaughter. More than 130,000 cattle have been backed up in Alberta requiring us to act,” said the Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. “To bring certainty to the cattle market, we also announced a Set-Aside program using a market-driven approach.” Overall, the initiative compensates producers for the extraordinary cost of keeping slaughter-ready cattle on maintenance rations. Beef producers can hold on to market-ready cattle for several weeks, allowing the supply of animals to more evenly match demand and processing capacity. “It is imperative that a set-aside program effectively meets the needs of cattle feeders relevant both to today’s processing backlog, but also into the summer months where there is potential for an even more significantly increased backlog ,” said Greg Schmidt, Chair of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association. “COVID-19 disrupted cattle processing across North America, which bottlenecked fed-cattle ready for slaughter. More than 130,000 cattle have been backed up in Alberta requiring us to act. To bring certainty to the cattle market, we also announced a Set-Aside program using a marketdriven approach.” Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“We appreciate the work the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Agriculture Financial Services Corporation are doing to establish a set aside program to help to producers who have had to hold back their cattle. Our hope is this program will facilitate stability to the livecattle market by ensuring the number of cattle coming to slaughter matches the slaughter capacity available.” “While it is encouraging to see our processing capacity normalizing, many of Alberta’s beef producers continue to face the backlog challenges caused by COVID-19,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “I want to reassure our beef producers that our Government stands behind them as we get through this period together. This support, offered in partnership with the provincial Government, will help producers cover the additional feed costs associated with holding their market-ready cattle during this difficult time.” Eligible Participant: To be eligible for either component of the initiative, the producer must be a Canadian resident that reports farm income for tax purposes in Alberta and is actively feeding the eligible cattle in Alberta. For the second stage of the initiative (bid set aside or bidding process), producers must commit to keep cattle from slaughter for 63 days. Eligible producers can choose to participate in one or both stages of the initiative. Eligible animals: Eligible animals are slaughter-ready fed cattle, eligible for grade “A” designation, where the average weight of the lot of animals at the time they are accepted for set-aside must be a minimum of 1,300 pounds for heifers and a minimum of 1,400 pounds for steers. Cows, bulls and cull animals are not eligible under this initiative. First stage: Fed Cattle Feed assistance – Beginning June 12, applications for the Fed Cattle Feed assistance component open. This initial component includes retroactive benefits to help compensate producers for the cost of keeping these animals on maintenance rations.

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Canada-Alberta Fed Cattle Feed Cost Offset Initiative cont. from page 4 How do I apply for the Fed Cattle Feed assistance component? Producers can access and download the online application at www.www.afsc.ca/ agrirecovery. For each lot, the producers must provide information about the premise ID where the lot is located, the lot number, number of animals in the lot, type of animal (fat steer/fat heifer) in the lot, average per head weight in pounds, the original targeted marketing date and the actual or estimated marketing date. Producers can return the application form for the first stage via email at AgriRecovery@afsc.ca, online via AFSC Connect, by fax to AFSC at 1-403-782-8441, or at your local AFSC office, by arrangement. An initial payment will be issued the week of June 22 for those applications received by June 22, with the second payment issued in July. All applications received after June 22 will receive only one payment, issued the week of July 6. “It is imperative that a set-aside program effectively meets the needs of cattle feeders relevant both to today’s processing backlog, but also into the summer months where there is potential for an even more significantly increased backlog.” Greg Schmidt, Chair of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association Second stage: The Fed Set-Aside component involves a weekly bid process that producers can choose to participate in each week. All components of this process will occur online, and producers will need an AFSC ID and an AFSC Connect account to participate in the weekly bidding process. Once your AFSC account is set up, you can log in to AFSC Connect and complete a one-time registration to participate in the fed set-aside bid process. For help with this, call AFSC at 1.877.899.2372 or reach out to any branch office.

Note: Producers who wish to take part in the initial June 29 bid process must ensure they have an AFSC ID number and an AFSC Connect account set up, and have accepted the program terms and conditions by June 24. Program application for the bid process will be available online through AFSC Connect starting June 22. If you are interested in participating in the bid process, contact AFSC to set up your online account. Once registered, producers will have an opportunity to tender a bid to set aside slaughter ready cattle for up to nine weeks. Participants, whose bids were accepted for the week, will be required to provide AFSC with their Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) Account number and registered RFID tag numbers for all of the eligible animals associated with each Premise ID and Lot number that were accepted. Participating producers and animals in the Fed Cattle Feed assistance and the Fed Set-Aside components may be subject to verification processes by AFSC and or Livestock Identification Services Ltd. Can I apply for both components of the initiative at the same time? Each component of the initiative requires the completion of a separate application. • The Fed Cattle Feed assistance (retroactive) component: You can return the PDF application form (available on the AFSC website) via email at AgriRecovery@afsc.ca, online via AFSC Connect, by fax to AFSC at 1-403-782-8441, or at your local AFSC office, by arrangement. • Bid set aside – All components of this process are online, through AFSC Connect. Participants require an AFSC ID and AFSC Connect account before they can take part in the bid process. Find more information on the AgriRecovery page, call the AFSC Client Service Centre at 1.877.899.2372, contact a branch office or use the AFSC.ca online chat. AFSC is ready and available to answer your questions and assist you.


TESA Applications

December 4 are due

Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


Temperature screening to be required for travellers at Canadian airports (June 12, 2020 Transport Canada News Release)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis that is having a significant impact on all aspects of the Canadian transportation industry, travellers, and the economy. The Government of Canada is committed to implementing a multi-layered framework of measures to protect Canadians, and help prevent air travel from being a source for the spread of the virus. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced an additional measure to this framework. The Government of Canada will now require temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada or travellers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations. For international flights to Canada, air operators must conduct temperature screenings at the point of departure, unless the local authority has an equivalent measure in place, in addition to the existing required health check questions for symptoms prior to boarding. Within Canada, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screeners will conduct the temperature screening of passengers as part of departure screening procedures. This is in addition to the health screening questions and the wearing of face coverings that are already required for all passengers. The Government of Canada is taking a phased approach to implementing temperature screening. • Phase 1: By June 30, 2020, all air operators will be required to conduct temperature screenings of all passengers travelling to Canada prior to departure from international or transborder points of departure. • Phase 2: By the end of July, temperature screening stations will be placed in the departure section of the four major airports that are currently identified as the only Canadian airports for international travel (Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver). • Phase 3: By September 2020, temperature screening stations will be in place in the departure sections of the next 11 busiest airports in Canada (St. John’s, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto – Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria).

In addition, all employees and personnel that enter or work in the restricted area of the airport will be subject to temperature screening procedures by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority personnel. All passengers who have an elevated temperature and do not have a medical certificate to explain a medical or physical condition that would result in an elevated temperature, will not be permitted to continue their travel and will be asked to re-book after 14 days. Quotes “As Minister of Transport, my highest priority is the safety and security of Canadians and the transportation system. We have already introduced measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, including mandating face coverings, and publishing health guidance for the air industry. Mandatory temperature screenings are yet another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers.” Minister of Transport The Honourable Marc Garneau Quick facts • Airport temperature screening has been endorsed by the International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Canadian implementation is necessary to help align with measures taken by an increasing number of international partners and will help build confidence and trust in the global aviation system. • In response to COVID-19, countries like Italy, Poland, Chile, Mexico, China, South Korea, and India have implemented required temperature screening protocols for travellers at certain airports. Other countries like Belgium, France and Spain are recommending temperature screening. • In Canada, a number of airline operators including as Air Canada, Westjet, Perimeter, Bearskin, Keewatin and CalmAir have independently elected to pilot the implementation of passenger temperature screening. The United States have also pilot tested temperature screening. • The federal government will monitor and evaluate the continued need for expansion of this measure. Associated links • Backgrounder – Temperature Screening For Air Travel • COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada


Maintaining and strengthening Canada’s food production and processing sector (June 12, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

COVID-19 has caused significant changes and adaptation in Canada’s food system. As a result, Canadian food producers, processors, and manufacturers have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities associated with risk mitigation measures to be able to maintain Canada’s food production. That is why the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today launched the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) as part of the Government of Canada’s action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. The program will prioritize projects based on two objectives: • Emergency COVID Response to assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of workers. This funding will assist with: o plant retrofits or adjustments to existing operations to accommodate changes to processes and production; and o increasing capacity for herd management. • Strategic Investments to assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity. Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations, cooperatives and indigenous groups. Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020. Information on the application process is available through the Emergency Processing Fund or to learn more, please contact aafc.epffut.aac@canada.ca or call: 1-877-246-4682. Quotes “Canadian food processors are key to ensuring Canada’s food supply chain is protected during COVID-19, and beyond. Our Government understands the challenges that Canadian food processors, producers and manufacturers are facing. This Emergency Processing Fund will help our processors to adapt their activities to ensure the safety of their workers, and to increase their capacity of production.” - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts • Applications are being accepted (AAFC Emergency Processing Fund) on a continuous basis until 12:00 p.m. (midnight) EDT Friday, July 31, 2020 or earlier if funding is fully allocated before that date. • This announcement builds on the measures we have introduced to keep Canada’s agri-workforce strong, including: o An investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry. o Travel exemptions for all temporary foreign workers, including seasonal agricultural workers and fish/seafood workers. o $50 million to help the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors cover the incremental costs of associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada. o An expanded Canada Summer Jobs program to prioritize agri-food workers. o IRCC changes to its process to allow temporary workers with an employerspecific work permit, including in agriculture, to quickly change employers when they find a new job. Workers who used to wait 10 weeks or more to begin a new job, will now only wait 10 days or less. o A pilot project for temporary foreign workers who work year-round in the agriculture industry to have a pathway to permanent residency. o A ‘Step up to the Plate’ employment portal and agriculture jobs recruitment campaign. Related products • Backgrounder: Supporting Canada’s food processing and production sectors


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Province Announces Nearly $600 Million in Infrastructure Investments and Highway Improvements (June 10 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is making a number of investments to improve provincial infrastructure and safeguard the well-being of Manitobans and their communities, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “As Manitoba is now in a position to slowly and carefully restart our economy as we move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, these investments will help ramp up the construction industry and create opportunities to bring more Manitobans back to work,” said Pallister. “These shovel-worthy infrastructure investments reflect municipal priorities, and will improve the safety and well-being of our communities today and well into the future.” Pallister revealed which projects will be funded through the $500-million Manitoba Restart Program, which was announced May 7 to help boost the provincial economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic stimulus package adds an additional $500 million above the $3billion infrastructure investment in Budget 2020. Projects selected include pre-existing provincial and municipal priorities, and waste and water projects. The $500 million will be allocated over two years as follows: • $230 million earmarked for the provincial share of projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a cost-sharing, application-based program with the federal government; • $150 million for asphalt highway resurfacing; • $50 million for the Water Services Board to address the significant backlog of water and sewer projects across Manitoba; • $65 million for major projects that will improve the safety of Manitoba’s highways; and • $5 million on municipal law enforcement priorities including local jails to alleviate pressure on the Winnipeg Remand Centre. Pallister noted project goals include increasing clean drinking water, reducing boil water advisories and advancing clean sewer projects. The province will reveal further details of its prioritized ICIP project applications in the weeks and months ahead as it works with other levels of government and Indigenous partners, and it will use the $230 million set aside for ICIP to leverage additional dollars through federal and municipal government sharing. Once Ottawa approves final ICIP projects, the premier

noted the province is prepared to immediately advance funds to municipal partners to allow planning and construction to commence without delay. Other construction projects announced today, such as highways and Water Services Board projects, will be put out to tender in the coming weeks. The premier also announced, as part of the initial $3 billion worth of infrastructure investments in Budget 2020, the province has allocated $91 million in total capital investment on construction improvements to the TransCanada Highway (PTH 1) across Manitoba. Projects include: • road reconstruction on the westbound lanes from the Brokenhead River to PTH 11; • road reconstruction on the eastbound lanes from Provincial Road (PR) 248 to the east junction of PTH 26; • road rehabilitation on the eastbound lanes from 3.4 kilometres west of PTH 83 to PR 257; an • structure replacement at the Assiniboine River 13.2 km east of Portage la Prairie. “Our number one priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Manitobans, and we are working to make the Trans-Canada Highway safer from border to border,” said Pallister. “Investments in Highway 1 help ensure the safe and continued movement of people and economic goods across the province. We are also rejuvenating and planting additional shelterbelts to help improve safety and reduce road closures between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg.” Pallister announced the province is providing up to $2.5 million in funding for Trans-Canada Shelterbelt Renewal Project through the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust program. The province is working with the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) to restore and add to 16 km of shelterbelts on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway from St. François Xavier to Elie, and west of the PTH 430 intersection. “It is exciting to take on a project that uses trees to directly protect the well-being of Manitobans,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, MHHC. “These shelterbelts will also sequester carbon and help to slow spring run-off.” The project will plant approximately 20,000 new trees and shrubs, sourced from Manitoba nurseries, and employ a Manitoba tree-planting company. The project, expected to be complete in 2022, will be one of Canada’s largest roadrelated shelterbelt planting initiatives.


Government of Canada launches second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (June 9, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the launch of the second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. This second call for proposals, valued at $43.4 million, will begin accepting applications today. The Fund aims to strengthen food support organizations and to help improve access to safe and nutritious food for Canadians at risk.

This second call for proposals under the program will support small and large community-led projects at facilities such as urban gardens, community kitchens, food banks, and greenhouses. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until funding has been allocated. Projects valued at up to $250,000 will be accepted. This second call for proposals could also support a cluster of organizations who are ready to enhance their regional food systems. The Local Food Infrastructure Fund, a $50 million, fiveyear program under the Food Policy for Canada, is aimed at community-based, not-for-profit organizations. The program’s goal is to reduce food insecurity by establishing and/or strengthening local food networks in the medium to longer term. Under the first call for proposals of the program, 362 projects received funding of up to $25,000 for a total $6.6 million. This funding supported projects such as the purchase of new refrigerated trucks, kitchen equipment, community gardens, equipment needed to prepare, store and distribute food, and the installation of solar panels and irrigation systems, among others. In April, the Government also launched a separate, $100-million emergency fund under the program to support national, regional, and local organizations across Canada that are able to reach people and communities experiencing food insecurity and who have been impacted by COVID-19. To date, this emergency funding has supported 1,765 individual projects in communities across Canada that are providing healthy food to Canadians in need.

Quotes "Our Government is committed to helping to improve food security for those who need it most. Through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, we are making meaningful improvements across Canada in support of access to food. I am pleased to launch the second call for proposals of the program, which opens the door to a cluster of organizations who are ready to enhance their regional food systems, and will help recipients continue their great work.” - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood • Quick facts The Local Food Infrastructure Fund provides nonrepayable funding for activities such as the construction of greenhouses and garden boxes, the purchase of equipment for the preparation, refrigeration, distribution and storage of food, and vehicle and transport equipment. • The government has also committed significant resources to ensure food security during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: o $100 million in emergency funding through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund to support national food organizations focussed on food security and food recovery; o A first-ever Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories; o Providing an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can afford muchneeded nutritious food and personal hygiene products. Associated links • Local Food Infrastructure Fund • Food Policy for Canada • Prime Minister announces support for food banks and local food organizations • Prime Minister announces health and social support for northern communities • Supporting Canada’s farmers, food businesses, and food supply


A note of appreciation from Manitoba Beef Producers


E-Newsletter mbbeef.ca

June 19, 2020

An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS OUTLINED IN FORAGE INSURANCE REVIEW Stakeholders Provided Valuable Input Into Review: Pedersen (June 19, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

After extensive engagement with the public, the Manitoba government released details of a review on forage insurance programs offered by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “Regardless of the type of crop, producers are faced with tough decisions on what products make the most sense to help manage risk,” said Pedersen. “It is important to get feedback so that we have a clear picture of what products they need to support their success in the agricultural industry. We’re pleased with the input we received from the many invested stakeholders and look forward to making improvements to the program where possible.” The review was initiated to get a better understanding of the purchasing decisions of Manitoba producers in terms of forage insurance products available to them. Several key recommendations were made and immediate action items will be undertaken by MASC prior to the next insurance year. Some of which include: • exploring new methodologies to assign coverages to new insureds, • determining if the effect that disaster years have on future coverage can be minimized, • establishing insured values that better reflect the price of hay in claim years,

• identifying areas where the administrative burden for insureds can be minimized, • reviewing the index-based insurance approach used in other jurisdictions which relies on weather or satellite-based technology, and • working more closely with industry to inform producers and increase awareness of the MASC Forage Insurance programs. The review was conducted using a number of different methods, including the EngageMB portal, focus groups and interviews with producers, MASC insurance agents, agricultural specialists, industry associations, financial advisors, as well as other insurance providers. More than 1,200 producers currently have forage insurance through MASC, insuring more than 272,000 acres. This represents about 18 per cent of the more than 1.5 million eligible acres of forage in Manitoba. The Forage Insurance program is part of AgriInsurance, a joint program of the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. For more information, and to view a copy of the review, visit: https://gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/ proactive/2020_2021/forage-insurance-reviewMay-2020.pdf.

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STATEMENT Manitoba Beef Producers Welcomes Release of Manitoba Forage Insurance Review June 19, 2020, Winnipeg, MB - Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) welcomes the release by the Manitoba government of a report that examined how producers manage risk with respect to their forage needs, including their decision making processes around the use of forage insurance products available through Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). MBP thanks Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen for initiating this important review led by Mike Lesiuk. MBP had been advocating for this analysis for some time. MBP also thanks the beef producers and other interested groups and individuals who provided feedback as part of the review. “Beef producers have often raised concerns about gaps or challenges with the current forage insurance offerings that limit their responsiveness and which discourage them from taking out policies,” said MBP President Dianne Riding. “This review was a valuable opportunity for MBP as well as our members to provide feedback on what is or isn’t working with the existing insurance offerings, as well as what would be valuable in terms of program changes.” There are a number of recommendations arising from the report and MBP will work with officials from both MASC and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, and other stakeholders to help ensure that the suite of insurance offerings are as responsive as possible to producers’ needs. As well, MBP believes it will be important that insurance programs continue to be evergreen, evolving as new production methods and forage and crop offerings emerge. -30Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,500 producers across the province. The mission of MBP is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future.

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Business Hiring Program Offers Incentive for Employers to Hire and Rehire Workers Post-Pandemic (June 18, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is launching a new hiring program to get more Manitobans back to work this summer and ease the road to economic recovery for businesses, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “We appreciate our many local businesses that temporarily closed their doors, reduced capacity or changed the way they operate in order to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and follow provincial public health orders,” said Pallister. “Those closures and changes come at a cost to businesses, and we want to ease their road to recovery by covering half the wages paid to designated employees over a period of up to 10 weeks this summer.” The new ‘Manitoba Back to Work This Summer’ initiative is a hiring program to help Manitoba-based businesses rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers can apply to receive funding for up to five employees hired or rehired after June 18. The program will reimburse 50 per cent of the total wages paid from June 18 until Aug. 30, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $25,000 per business. “The reopening of our economy depends on businesses getting back up and running, and we encourage private-sector employers to bring back laid-off employees or take on new hires,” said Pallister. “The Manitoba Back to Work This Summer initiative provides financial flexibility to help businesses through this difficult time and address short-term challenges, while they build toward full capacity and long-term success.”

The Manitoba government has a total of $120 million available for this initiative and the Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Recovery Program, which assists private and non-profit employers hire students to help meet organizational needs during the pandemic. Employers can apply for a total five funded positions combined between both programs. To date, the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Plan has received more than 1,400 applications from employers for more than 3,200 jobs and over $16 million in supports. Businesses can learn more about this and other government programs at www.manitoba.ca/supportsforbusiness. The application form will be available next week with a deadline of Aug. 30. Upon proof of wages paid, successful applicants will receive a lump-sum payment as reimbursement for wages paid and employees hired on or after the application date. Businesses can apply to receive funding for all positions filled by workers legally entitled to work in Canada, including students, with the exception of the employer’s immediate family members. Employers cannot receive funding for any position subsidized by other government programs. Charities, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector employers are ineligible for this particular program as the province recently introduced the Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant. Intake began June 16 and provincial staff is currently reviewing approximately 300 funding applications.


Province Releases Final Plan for Third Phase of Restoring Services Safely (June 17, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Following feedback from the public, the Manitoba government is releasing its plan to further ease public health restrictions and continue safely restoring services, effective June 21, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “Thanks to the efforts of all Manitobans and based on advice from our public health officials, I pleased to announce that we are in a position to move forward once again in our phased approach of restarting our economy,” said Pallister. “Thousands of Manitobans provided their input and feedback on numerous proposed measures for Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services, and their support for our plan to further ease public health restrictions is reflected in the next steps of our economic recovery roadmap.” The premier noted more than 25,000 Manitobans participated in a public telephone town hall to ask questions, voice their concerns, support and feedback on the draft plan of Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery. As well, the province has received nearly 5,100 online submissions to https://EngageMB and over 32,000 responses on the school restart survey from parents and students. The final plan being released today is based on public health advice, consultation with key sectors and feedback from the public, the premier added. Key changes made following public feedback include: • removing the maximum capacity of 300 people at any site provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors, to a maximum 30 per cent of usual capacity; • allowing people from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and people living in the area of the northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) to visit Manitoba without having to self-isolate for 14 days;

• ensuring those travelling to northern Manitoba must continue to respect any restrictions that have been put in place by local communities and First Nations; • lifting self-isolation requirements on a case-bycase basis where sectors propose and provide satisfactory plans to address public health requirements for necessary travel; and • lifting capacity limits for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries, as long as tables and seating are arranged so there is a temporary or physical barrier, or two metres of separation between people sitting at different tables. Detailed information on the plan for Phase Three, including service restoration, measures the public can take to reduce their risk of COVID-19 exposure or spreading the virus, and workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/ restoringsafeservices. “Current indicators show the risk of community transmission of the virus in Manitoba is low at this time, so we are now able to further ease restrictions while ensuring Manitobans still practice the fundamentals that got us to this stage,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public heath officer. “As businesses and communities expand the services they offer, all Manitobans must continue to practise physical distancing with others outside their households, wash their hands often and stay home when they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.” The province continues to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers and visitors stay safe including: continued on page 6


Final Plan for Third Phase of Restoring Services Safely - cont. from previous page • ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance; • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others; • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms; • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; • ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and • following personal risk reduction measures.

considered. Each level will include a risk assessment and a range of measures that may be in place at that level. As work continues to monitor the spread of the virus, the province may move up or down the rapid response/’stoplight’ scale as indicators change.

“While we can take pride in the progress we’ve made and the additional steps we are announcing today, we must remain vigilant,” said Pallister. “If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase Three measures may be paused and previous measures may be reintroduced. I’m confident that we will continue to be successful if we keep working together as a team.”

Since May 21, Manitobans have engaged over 124,000 times through online surveys and telephone town halls to provide feedback on the Restoring Safe Services roadmap and restarting schools.

The survey for the third phase and the plan to restart Manitoba schools will be open until June 21. Manitobans are encouraged to visit https://EngageMB to share their views.

The premier also noted the province is developing a rapid response system to guide future decisions and any additional reopening steps that may be

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

State Of Emergency to be Further Extended to Support Covid-19 Pandemic Work (June 15 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government will extend the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The extension takes effect at 4 p.m. Monday, June 15 for a period of 30 days. A state of emergency allows the government to take quick action to support Manitobans when they need it most. The state of emergency was first declared

on March 20 by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was further extended on April 20 and May 17. For additional information and to view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. For more information on The Emergency Measures Act and a state of emergency, visit: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/e080e.php.


TESA Applications

December 4 are due

Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is featuring Manitoba's 2020 TESA nominee Hagan Valley Ranch in today’s Action News. Check it out!

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


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Celebrating Environmental Stewardship: Hagan Valley Ranch, Manitoba The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is pleased to feature the provincial stewardship award recipients in the running for the 2020 The Em:iromnental Stewardship Award (TESA). The recipient of the CCA's national award will be am1ouncecl through a virtual presentation during the Canadian Beefindustty Conference in August. As always, a common theme among recipients is a profound sense of obligation to care for land and animals. Through sharing their stories, insights, beliefs and values, readers can gain perspective about the relationship between stewardship and cattle production, and the benefits of conservation to society. In this issue, we feature Manitoba Beef Producers (:MBP) 2020 Environmental Stewardship Awru·d recipient. Hagan Valley Ranch. owned and operated by Thomas and Felicity Hagan. i\•1anitoba Beef Producers 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award recipient, Hagan Valley Ranch By: Janet Kanters It is no secret that agriculture needs healthy ecosystems, and nowhere is that more important than in the beef sector. To achieve these healthy ecosystems, producers must find a balance between production. profit and the environment.

Thomas and Felicity Hagan have found that balance on Hagan Valley Ranch near Virden, Man. The couple is the 2020 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award from Manitoba Beef Producers and are now in the nmning for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). To Thomas Hagan, achieving a healthy ecosystem isn't without its challenges, but perseverance and an understanding of the land - and the cattle that graze it - are the first steps to achieving it. "We're ve1y focused on soil health, so that benefits us economically and obviously for enviromnental reasons." said Hagan. \.Ve're putting all kinds of carbon in the soil and our soil organic matter is going up eve1y year."




Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extended Another Eight Weeks (June 16, 2020 Prime Minister of Canada News Release)

More Canadians are returning to work, but many people still face challenges due to COVID-19. As we begin to take steps to safely restart our economy, we will continue to support Canadians to protect their health and economic well-being. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks. The Government of Canada introduced the CERB to immediately help workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so they could continue to put food on the table and pay their bills during this challenging time. As we begin to restart the economy and get people back on the job, Canadians receiving the benefit should be actively seeking work opportunities or planning to return to work, provided they are able and it is reasonable to do so. That is why the government will also make changes to the CERB attestation, which will encourage Canadians receiving the benefit to find employment and consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with job searches. Over the next few weeks, the government will monitor international best practices, the economy, and the progression of the virus and, if needed, make necessary changes to the program so more people can have the support they need. We will also look at ways to ensure all our supports, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Employment Insurance (EI), are working effectively to help Canadians get back on their feet.

• have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19, or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits, or have exhausted their EI regular or fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020 • had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019, or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application The announcement builds on a number of measures, including the proposed extension of the CEWS announced on May 15. The CEWS is being extended to August 29, 2020, to protect jobs, allow businesses to keep employees on the payroll, and re-hire workers who were previously laid off. While parts of our economy safely begin to restart, many Canadians are still experiencing the effects of COVID-19. Both the CERB and the CEWS were introduced as part of our plan to rapidly support Canadians through this crisis. The government is committed to continuing to support Canadians across all sectors until they can consistently and safely return to work.

Quick Facts • Canadians begin to receive their CERB payments by direct deposit within 3 to 5 days of applying and by mail within 10 days of applying. Canadians will have to apply every period, attesting that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the CERB payment. • When submitting their first claim, workers cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of their claim. When The CERB is a taxable benefit of $2,000 over a four-week submitting subsequent claims, workers cannot period for eligible workers who have stopped working or have earned more than $1,000 in employment whose work hours have been reduced, due to COVID-19. and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of their new claim. The CERB is available to workers who: • Application to the CERB can be made no later • live in Canada and are at least 15 years old than December 2, 2020, for payments • have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19, retroactive to the period of March 15 to or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits, or have October 3, 2020. exhausted their EI regular or fishing benefits between • Canadians can apply for the CERB and get • December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020 more information online or by calling • have not quit their job voluntarily 1-833-966-2099.


Province Expands $120-Million Risk Recognition Program (June 16, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Based on additional input from stakeholders, the Manitoba government is expanding its $120-million Risk Recognition program to include more front-line workers who were exposed to added risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced. “Stakeholder input is important to our government, and we extensively consulted Manitoba’s business community, trade and labour unions and essential service organizations to set up the Risk Recognition program and determine who would qualify,” said Fielding. “We recently invited stakeholders to provide additional feedback on how to expand the program and compensate more workers for their roles to support all Manitobans during the pandemic.” The province announced the $120-million Manitoba Risk Recognition Program in mid-May following stakeholder consultations. Stakeholders comprised 15 unions, critical service providers and business community organizations that represent more than 17,000 businesses and 110,000 workers. The payment is available to part-time and full-time employees in various public- and private-sector positions that include the areas of health care, social services, justice, transportation, food and beverage, and essential retail. Essential workers must have worked a minimum 200 cumulative hours (or would have worked that amount but were required to selfisolate under public health orders) from March 20 to May 29. To expand the program, the province once again solicited input from the stakeholder group. A majority of stakeholders voted to increase the qualifying threshold to a total pre-tax employment income of less than $5,000 per month, or $12,500 total during the 2.5-month eligibility period, and exclude overtime from the total gross income calculation.

The program has also been expanded to include the following positions: • hotel workers (reception, cleaners, maintenance, kitchen staff, servers); and • Business Improvement Zone staff (patrol, graffiti removal, street cleaners, distributors of COVID-19related education material and Personal Protective Equipment). “By increasing eligible positions and income limits, and excluding overtime earnings, we will ensure the program continues to support lower- to middleincome workers and recognizes those who may have otherwise worked themselves out of qualifying through overtime,” said Fielding. “Manitoba’s program continues to reflect the federal government’s intention of this cost-sharing program to recognize low-income Canadian workers who risked their own health to provide crucial services.” The minister is encouraging all eligible workers to apply for the program and view the full list of positions at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/ infomanitobans/mrrp.html. The province has extended the application deadline until Monday, June 29 at noon. It will issue payment via direct deposit once it verifies applications and plans to fully distribute the $120-million fund. As the fund will be divided equally between all successful applicants, the number of program participants will determine individual payments.

FEATURE STORY HIGHLIGHT - How is COVID-19 affecting our young producers? "The current COVID-19

pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for many businesses and individuals, and Manitoba’s beef producers are no exception. For young beef producers, especially, that uncertainty, along with some of the tangible effects of closed packing plants and unpredictable markets, is forcing them to make some tough decisions as they plan for summer and fall."


More small businesses can soon access the Canada Emergency Business Account + update on page 14 (June 15, 2020 Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses facing difficult challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses in particular continue to face economic hardship and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This means that owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week. To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need: • A business operating account at a participating financial institution; • A Canada Revenue Agency business number; • A 2018 or 2019 tax return; and • Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible businesses will qualify for financing of up to $40,000, with 25 per cent of this being forgivable based on the current terms of CEBA loans. Businesses can contact their primary financial institution for more information or to apply directly for CEBA. More information on the expanded CEBA can be found on the program’s website. CEBA is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is helping Canadians and businesses deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic. The measures under this plan will help businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, keep their doors open, keep their employees on payroll, and recover quickly when the time comes. The government continues to assess and respond to the impacts of COVID-19. It stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

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• The government will be working closely with participating financial institutions in coming days to ensure they are positioned to deliver the expanded CEBA loans on behalf of their customers, as early as June 19, 2020. • Launched on April 9, 2020, CEBA provides zero-interest, partially forgivable loans to small businesses that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing nondeferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and employment costs. By assisting these businesses in servicing their non-deferrable costs, CEBA is intended to facilitate the post-COVID resumption of normal business operations. • CEBA is delivered by Export Development Canada (EDC), which is working closely with Canadian financial institutions to deliver the loans to their existing business banking customers. • When first launched, CEBA was designed to allow for rapid deployment of credit to businesses with 2019 payroll between $50,000 and $1 million. The government then expanded the eligibility parameters of the program, by increasing the payroll eligibility range to between $20,000 and $1.5 million. • Since CEBA’s launch, more than 669,000 loans have been approved, representing a total of more than $26 billion in credit disbursed. • The government is also supporting Canadian businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak with targeted new initiatives that: o Provide a forgivable loan through the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses to qualifying commercial property owners, who in turn give a rent reduction of at least 75% for April and May (retroactive) and June, to impacted small business tenants who have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. o Provide effective support to those eligible employers that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The CEWS applies at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. The program is in place from March 15 to August 29, 2020. Employers of all sizes from across the economy are eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities. o Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports, until June. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interestfree loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country. o Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020. This relief, amounting to $55 billion in liquidity support, would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.



Manitoba Class 2-5 road tests to resume in phases: No new tests until backlog cleared (June 15, 2020 Manitoba Public Insurance News Release)

Effectively immediately, road tests for Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 will resume in a phased-in approach for customers whose previously booked appointments were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Customers must do the following in order to complete their road test: • Arrive 15 minutes early and maintain physical distancing (minimum of 2 metres/6 feet) when possible

The initial phase calls for customers, who had previously booked tests will be contacted in order of their scheduled appointments. It’s estimated there are approximately 4,300 previously booked appointments.

• Provide and wear their own mask (non-medical masks are permitted)

Once these customers have been booked, MPI will enter into its second phase which will be announced to the public in early July. The general public is reminded that no new road tests for Classes 2-5 are available until further notice.

• Sanitize all touchpoints in their vehicle

MPI resumed its Class 1 road tests and knowledge testing for all licence classes within the last month. With the safety of customers and staff in mind, procedures developed for the resumption of Class 1 road tests are also being applied to all classes.

• Answer questions to ensure they have not been exposed to COVID-19

If customers are not able to comply with the outlined requirements, the test will be cancelled and rebooked for a later time. Full details of the updated procedures can be found here.

Government of Canada implements surplus food rescue program to help alleviate food concerns of vulnerable Canadians (June 15, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, launched the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program. The program aims to move surplus food commodities such as potatoes and other possible horticulture, fish and seafood, and meat through the food system as efficiently as possible to help vulnerable Canadians. COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to areas of Canada’s food system, as it forced the near closure of the restaurant and hospitality industry in Canada and the United States. Some producers across Canada are left with surpluses of quality food, while increased demand from grocery stores alone is not expected to clear the inventory before it spoils. At the same time, the pandemic has increased the demand for food from food banks and other food security organizations in communities across Canada. The Surplus Food Rescue Program has two core objectives: • Provide assistance to organizations serving vulnerable populations to acquire and process surplus commodities and food that would otherwise be lost or destroyed and distribute them to populations in need.

• Connect surplus food commodities to vulnerable populations to avoid food waste. The program aims to ensure the surplus food reaches vulnerable populations in Canada through the purchase, processing, transportation and redistribution of surplus food. The program is designed to rescue surplus food that may be fresh, frozen inventory or in need of further processing due to its highly perishable nature. Eligible applicants include for-profit and not-for-profit organizations (industry groups, processors, distributors, food serving agencies, regional and municipal governments and agencies (can include schools or school boards) that can demonstrate an ability to handle the full logistical requirements for acquiring, processing, transporting and ensuring shelf-life stability of surplus commodities and delivery to organizations serving vulnerable populations. Information on the application process is available through the Surplus Food Rescue Program.


June 26, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Government Plans for In-Class Learning to Resume in September (June 25, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has released a planning framework for the resumption of in-class learning, with teachers and staff returning to classrooms on Sept. 2 and students on Sept. 8, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. “We are planning to have all students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, back in classrooms in September. While we can’t be sure what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in the fall, detailed planning is needed to ensure schools can resume inclass learning and to prepare for different scenarios,” said Goertzen. “This framework will allow schools and school divisions to prepare plans that are flexible at the local level, yet consistent with those at other sites across the province.”

“Public health officials expect the COVID-19 virus to be around for some time and that’s why schools need to develop plans for the fall,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “In addition to these plans, it will continue to be important for people to stay home if they are sick, ensure physical distancing, continue to practise good hand hygiene and cover coughs.”

The framework provides guidance for school divisions to develop detailed reopening plans to be submitted to Manitoba Education for three public health scenarios including: • in-class learning with near-normal conditions; • in-class learning, taking additional public health measures into consideration; and • remote learning from home, with limited use of school facilities.

The framework also outlines key considerations that should be addressed in the school and division plans including: • ensuring schools can respond and adapt to changing public health orders and guidance; • making sure any necessary physical distancing requirements can be met; • considering the use of cohorts in classrooms, on buses and during activities to limit exposure to COVID-19; • planning with a focus on in-class learning and establishing priorities; • looking at ways to accommodate specialty programming and extracurricular activities; • considering how school transportation can be safely offered; • looking at blended learning options that can be implemented quickly; • making arrangements for students, teachers and staff who may be at higher risk of COVID-19; and • considering learning and assessment needs, as well as any educational gaps for students as a result of the pandemic. Continued on page 3

The minister noted that while the plan is for all students to return to classroom learning in the fall, Manitoba Education will provide final confirmation by Aug. 1 based on public health directions. Significant consultation with students, parents, teachers and education stakeholders occurred over the past month to gauge their comfort, with tens of thousands of Manitobans providing feedback. Divisions will ensure all schools have plans that are accessible to parents and students. Funded independent schools will also be asked to submit plans and post them publicly.


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For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Schools set to re-open September 8 (continued from page 1) “Students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators have had to make many adjustments in a very short period of time, and I thank everyone who has worked hard to find solutions to keep everyone safe during the pandemic,” said Goertzen. “By taking the time to develop thorough plans, we can continue to protect the health and well-being of our school communities while ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn and develop their skills.”

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

The report can be viewed at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ restoring/safeschools.html and feedback can be provided at https://engagemb.ca.

TESA Applications due December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


Manitoba Extends Provisions to Protect Tenants During COVID-19 (June 22, 2020 Government of Manitoba New Release)

Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Branch advises that two measures put in place to help protect tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended until Sept. 30. The current freeze on rent increases for residential tenants will continue. Landlords can continue to give notice of their intention to increase rent, but the higher rate cannot be charged until after Sept. 30. Tenants are expected to continue paying rent in full and on time. If this is not possible, tenants and landlords should work together to develop a

payment schedule and agree on any other necessary terms. Late fees continue to be prohibited for failure to pay rent during this time. Non-urgent eviction hearings will continue to be postponed, and will not be scheduled until after Sept. 30. In the interim, residential landlords may only evict tenants for urgent health and safety reasons. Tenants cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent. Both of these provisions were put in place on March 24 in response to COVID-19. For more information, landlords and tenants should visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19 or www.gov.mb.ca/rtb.

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Province Invests In Manitoba Job Restart Program Manitobans Who Return to Work Could Each Receive $2,000: Pallister (June 23, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is introducing the Manitoba Job Restart program, which will provide direct payments to a maximum of $2,000 to help qualified Manitobans return to work, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “The Manitoba Job Restart program could help bring tens of thousands of Manitobans back to work safely and help our economy recover,” said Pallister. “The federal government is currently subsidizing the wages of more than eight million workers in Canada through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). While these programs have helped Canadians through financial challenges caused by the pandemic, CERB has become a barrier preventing some from returning to work.” The premier noted Manitoba’s program will provide one initial payment of $500 plus three additional bi-weekly payments for $500 each, for a total of $2,000 over six weeks. Program participants must voluntarily stop collecting CERB or CESB support from the federal government. The province will fully finance the program, which does not require any contributions from employers in order for workers to qualify. “The best thing we can do to speed Canada’s economic recovery is to find safe ways to get people back to work,” said Dan Kelly, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “The Manitoba Job Restart program will help encourage more employees to return to their pre-COVID jobs, assisting both workers and small businesses along the way. CFIB encourages other provinces and the federal government to consider this and other ways to quickly transition workers from CERB back to paid employment.”

To remain in the program, approved applicants must: • actively return to work in Manitoba to a job with at least 30 hours per week in order to be eligible for the first $500 payment; • complete a simple declaration for each of the following two weeks certifying that they are still working at least 30 hours per week in order to receive the next three $500 payments; • no longer receive CERB, CESB or similar COVID-19 related support from the federal government; • follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 health guidelines in the workplace; and • continue residing permanently in Manitoba and be legally entitled to work in Canada. The Manitoba Job Restart program will accept applications until July 31. This is a voluntary-participation program, and there is no obligation for Manitobans to stop receiving CERB or CESB benefits if they choose not to participate. The amounts received will be a taxable benefit. The funding of the Manitoba Job Restart program will be absorbed from the remaining unspent balances in the $240-million Manitoba Gap Protection Plan and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, although further funding will be made available if there is significant uptake, the premier noted. Manitobans can learn more about the program details at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/mjrp.html. Application forms will be available June 26.

FEATURE STORY - Impacts of corn supplementation for overwintered beef cows during mid-to late-gestation: "Over the course of a ‘typical’ Manitoba winter pregnant beef cows can be exposed to long periods of cold and fluctuating weather patterns, including precipitation as both rain and snow. Highly variable weather and extreme weather events leading to flooding and drought over the last several years in Manitoba, and elsewhere on the prairies, have resulted in periods of decreased forage availability or forage of lower quality for feeding during the winter months."


More small businesses can soon access the Canada Emergency Business Account + update on page 8 (June 15, 2020 Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses facing difficult challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses in particular continue to face economic hardship and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This means that owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week. To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need: • A business operating account at a participating financial institution; • A Canada Revenue Agency business number; • A 2018 or 2019 tax return; and • Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible businesses will qualify for financing of up to $40,000, with 25 per cent of this being forgivable based on the current terms of CEBA loans. Businesses can contact their primary financial institution for more information or to apply directly for CEBA. More information on the expanded CEBA can be found on the program’s website. CEBA is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is helping Canadians and businesses deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic. The measures under this plan will help businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, keep their doors open, keep their employees on payroll, and recover quickly when the time comes. The government continues to assess and respond to the impacts of COVID-19. It stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Quick facts

• The government will be working closely with participating financial institutions in coming days to ensure they are positioned to deliver the expanded CEBA loans on behalf of their customers, as early as June 19, 2020. • Launched on April 9, 2020, CEBA provides zero-interest, partially forgivable loans to small businesses that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing nondeferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and employment costs. By assisting these businesses in servicing their non-deferrable costs, CEBA is intended to facilitate the post-COVID resumption of normal business operations. • CEBA is delivered by Export Development Canada (EDC), which is working closely with Canadian financial institutions to deliver the loans to their existing business banking customers. • When first launched, CEBA was designed to allow for rapid deployment of credit to businesses with 2019 payroll between $50,000 and $1 million. The government then expanded the eligibility parameters of the program, by increasing the payroll eligibility range to between $20,000 and $1.5 million. • Since CEBA’s launch, more than 669,000 loans have been approved, representing a total of more than $26 billion in credit disbursed. • The government is also supporting Canadian businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak with targeted new initiatives that: o Provide a forgivable loan through the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses to qualifying commercial property owners, who in turn give a rent reduction of at least 75% for April and May (retroactive) and June, to impacted small business tenants who have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. o Provide effective support to those eligible employers that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The CEWS applies at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. The program is in place from March 15 to August 29, 2020. Employers of all sizes from across the economy are eligible, with certain exceptions including public sector entities. o Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments, as well as customs duty payments owed for imports, until June. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interestfree loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country. o Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020. This relief, amounting to $55 billion in liquidity support, would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.




July 3, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Preparedness Information for Producers Affected by Adverse Weather Conditions The recent heavy rains and excess moisture are creating significant challenges in certain

parts of the province, resulting in overland flooding, extensive road and property damage, crop damage, and the threat of infrastructure failure.

The following links provide information for producer who may be affected by the conditions and who need to prepare for a scenario such as relocating livestock. Preparing a Beef Farm for Flood Conditions Which Level of Government to Contact (re: an emergency like a flood) Preparing for Flood Conditions in Rural Manitoba Important information to know • If a producer requires assistance to deal with the effects of a flood, the producer is to make contact with their municipal emergency officials in this regard. Link to Manitoba municipal officials guide: https:// www.gov.mb.ca/mr/contactus/pubs/mod_2019.pdf • Information on daily flood conditions, i.e. river and lake levels, etc. can be found at the Manitoba Infrastructure Hydrologic Forecast Centre website: https://gov.mb.ca/ mit/floodinfo/ • It is not known if the provincial government will be making Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) available to those affected by the adverse conditions. However, producers and others should be keeping track of costs/damages, including keeping receipts and taking photos in the event there is a program which may cover some of the costs/ losses they are incurring. A DFA program may be established by the Manitoba Government when the following criterion is met: insurance is not reasonably or readily available, and, the event is an extraordinary natural disaster, causing widespread damage. Fr more information go to the Disaster Financial Assistance website: https:// www.gov.mb.ca/emo/recover/home/dfa_home.html

• For highway/road conditions go online to the following site and they also have a mobile site: https://www.manitoba511.ca/en/ map.html#x=-11112449&y=6410790&z=2&lb =1&rb=1&l=85 • For guidance on recovery from a flood, see: https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/ flood_recovery.html Key phone numbers Emergency Measures Organization – EMO 204-945-4772 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: emo@gov.mb.ca Disaster Financial Assistance – EMO 204-945-3050 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: dfa@gov.mb.ca Flood Information Line 204-945-1165 1-855-415-4530 (toll free) Email: floodinfo@gov.mb.ca

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For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Resources continued from page 1 Manitoba Hydro Emergency Contact 204-480-5900 1-888-624-9376 (toll-free)

how to manage stress are encouraged to check out the following resources:

Manitoba Government Inquiry 204-945-3744 1-866-626-4862 (toll free) Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca Resources for Managing Stress Producers seeking information about

• the Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services 1-866-367-3276 (1-866-FOR-FARM) (toll-free) or visit https://supportline.ca/; • Klinic Community Health Centre 24-hour crisis line 204-786-8686 in Winnipeg or 1-888-322-3019 (toll-free); and • Health Links-Info Santé which can help find resources through local regional health authorities or community mental-health services offices at 204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free).

PROVINCE ISSUES UPDATED FLOOD WARNING AND HIGH WATER ADVISORY (Government of Manitoba News Release - July 2, 2020)

Flooding of low-lying areas is expected for most portions of the Assiniboine River and its tributaries. However, water is expected to remain below flood protection levels at most locations along the Assiniboine and Souris rivers.

On July 1, based on engineering assessments and out of an abundance of caution, the Province of Manitoba lost confidence in the dam near Rivers and recommended the evacuation of people and livestock from approximately 30 to 40 properties along the Little Saskatchewan River, downstream of the dam, in the rural municipalities of Riverdale and Whitehead. Manitoba Infrastructure is recommending that all use of Lake Wahtopanah be suspended immediately.

A flood warning has been issued for the Whitemud River as the run-off from upstream watersheds is passing through the Arden and Gladstone areas. Water could rise above bank levels within a short period in the Whitemud River watershed. Projected flows will be in excess of the peak flow during the 2011 flood event.

The dam is facing unprecedented flows on the Little Saskatchewan River following heavy rains and Manitoba Infrastructure has indicated there is potential for a structural failure.

As well, a high water advisory remains in place for the Spruce Woods Provincial Park area.

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre is issuing an updated flood warning and high water advisory for southwest and western Manitoba.

The recommended evacuation comes as a weather system has brought significant precipitation in the past week in southwest and western Manitoba. Some areas have received record-high precipitation of more than 200 millimetres during this period. The precipitation has caused water levels to rise in rivers and creeks in these areas. If required, evacuee reception centres will have social distancing measures in place. Overland flooding is being reported in areas across the Assiniboine River watershed. A number of rivers, including the Little Saskatchewan River, are above flood stage and low-lying land near the river is affected.

A flood warning remains in place for the Little Saskatchewan River and Whitemud River watersheds.

Operation of the Portage Diversion began early this morning to limit flows in the lower Assiniboine River to 10,000 cubic feet per second. The level of Lake Manitoba is currently 811.5 feet, which is in the middle of the desired water level range. The operation of the Portage Diversion is not anticipated to have a significant impact on the level of Lake Manitoba. This operation is in accordance with Portage Diversion operating guidelines. Manitoba Infrastructure crews are working in the floodaffected areas. Staff are monitoring water level conditions and inspecting infrastructure on an ongoing basis. Property owners are advised to take precautions as water levels could rise significantly in a short time in these areas.


Educating Manitobans about nutritious, affordable, delicious food and the local farmers who produce it. Great Tastes of Manitoba (GTOM) is preparing for its 31st season on the air. Hosted by popular Winnipeg media personality, Dez Daniels, Great Tastes showcases local foods cooked by experts from organizations representing Manitoba Farmers. Recipes are developed to be simple, convenient, affordable, nutritious and delicious, encouraging viewers to incorporate these local foods into their everyday diets. Earlier this week, staff from Manitoba Beef Producers accompanied Frank Digital, the GTOM production partner, to Melissa and Trevor Atchison's Poplarview Stock Farm near Pipestone to begin production on the upcoming season. http://greattastesmb.ca/


Additional temporary service reductions at select Canadian ports of entry, including in Manitoba (July 3, 2020 Canada Border Services Agency News Release)

Further to announcements made on April 15 and May 12, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is temporarily reducing service hours at additional land, air, and marine ports of entry (POE) in addition to deferring seasonal opening hours at select POEs. These COVID-19 related measures are temporary and in effect as of July 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. They will remain in effect until further notice. The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. The temporary restriction on discretionary travel at the Canada-United States border remains in place. The CBSA will proceed with the following temporary measures: • reducing the hours of operation at 12 land POEs; • reducing the hours of operation at 8 air POEs; • deferring the seasonal opening of 1 marine POE; and • deferring the shift to seasonal hours of operation at 1 land POE.

For additional details of all changes go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/border-services-agency/ news/2020/06/fact-sheet-covid-19---additionaltemporary-service-reductions-at-select-canadian-ports-ofentry.html Quick facts • This temporary reduction of service hours and deferral of opening select seasonal POEs will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves. • The temporary restriction on discretionary travel at the Canada-United States border put in place on March 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT continues. This restriction is in place until at least July 21, 2020. • All persons entering Canada – no matter their country of origin or mode of entry – must isolate themselves for 14 days if they have symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 or quarantine themselves for 14 days if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities, and are able to provide and access essential goods and services.

• As of March 31, 2020, anyone arriving in Canada in any mode (air, land or marine) must provide their contact information to a border services officer when seeking entry. This information is collected on behalf of Public Health Agency of Canada to support their compliance and enforcement of the 14-day quarantine or isolation requirement outlined in Order in Council 2020-0524. Travellers are encouraged to download the mobile ArriveCAN App prior to arrival to reduce wait times and limit contact at the border. The App is available on the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Note: the following Manitoba ports of entry are affected by this announcement with the new hours of service as described below:

• For the latest on cross-border programs and services, travellers can call the CBSA’s Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

Economic supply chains and trade will remain open and the CBSA continues to work to ensure that access to goods and services is not interrupted. As such, these changes should not affect commercial traffic.

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Cartwright: 8 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week Crystal City: 9 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week Lyleton: 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week Piney: 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week Snowflake: 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week South Junction: 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week Tolstoi: 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week

Associated links • Open ports of entry and temporary service reductions • Border Information Service • COVID-19 - Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice


Statement Canadian beef producers applaud new NAFTA implementation July 1, 2020

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds today’s entry into force of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and looks forward to the continued growth of the benefits of free trade. CCA thanks all those involved in negotiating the agreement and the stewarding of the agreement through the respective government processes in a time sensitive manner. For three decades, the cattle and beef producers in Mexico, Canada, and the United States (U.S.) have competed and prospered under the trade framework of NAFTA. Under the new NAFTA, Canada’s beef producers will continue to enjoy the benefits of duty-free trade and market-driven demands for beef, live cattle and genetics. “In the face of the economic hardships of COVID-19, it is timely and welcome that the new NAFTA enters into force, providing the continuation of economic stability for our rural communities, food systems, and the broader North American economy,” states Bob Lowe, CCA President. In addition to preserving duty-free trade in live cattle and beef, CCA is pleased that the existing rules of origin and the vital dispute settlement provisions remain intact, allowing us to continue to build on the success we have all enjoyed as partners under NAFTA. Following implementation, CCA encourages further regulatory cooperation and efforts to advance coordinated supply chains across all three countries. The CCA continues to encourage the Government of Canada to create new opportunities for beef exports. International trade agreements and market access are crucial to the beef processors, ranchers, allied manufacturers and companies in the food supply chain and will positively impact both the agricultural sector and the broader Canadian economy. The benefit of a strong beef industry is also not only economical in nature, but also environmental. The North American beef industries protect through sustainable use, the at-risk great plains ecosystem. Here in Canada, beef producers protect and sustainably utilize 44.2 million acres of grasslands. The implementation of the original NAFTA led to a significant growth in jobs and contribution to the Canadian GDP by the beef industry. Canadian beef exports to the U.S. grew 67 per cent in volume and 338 per cent in value from 190,000 tonnes valued at $530 million in 1995 to 317,000 tonnes valued at $2.3 billion in 2019. Similarly, beef exports to Mexico grew 15 times in volume and 32 times in value from 1,000 tonnes valued at $3.7 million in 1995 to 16,500 tonnes valued at $126 million in 2019. Impressive growth attributed to NAFTA was also experienced in the U.S. and Mexico. The CCA will continue to be an advocate for rules-based, stable international trade. The experience of the beef cattle industries of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. under NAFTA is a testament to the value of trade agreements and their ability to assist our nation in post-COVID-19 recovery.

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Quick facts • • • • •

The beef industry is Canada’s largest agriculture sector, contributing $17 billion to GDP, while generating 228,000 jobs with further growth on the horizon. Every job in the Canadian beef sector yields another 3.56 jobs elsewhere in our economy. Canadian beef is sold into 58 markets around the world, on average exporting 50 per cent of what is produced in Canada. The U.S. is Canada’s largest market and Mexico is the fourth largest market. Beef producers protect and sustainably use the North American grassland ecosystem. Within Canada alone the grassland ecosystem stores 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon.

For further information, contact: Michelle McMullen Communications Manager 403-275-8558 ext. 306| mcmullenm@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) now open for applications The Government of Canada launched CEBA to ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, and better position them to quickly return to providing services to their communities and creating employment. This $55 billion program, implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC), provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). The expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is now open for applications. This means that more small businesses can access it.

As of June 26, 2020, businesses eligible for CEBA now include owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll. Applicants will have to demonstrate having eligible non-deferrable expenses between Cdn.$40,000 and Cdn.$1,500,000 in 2020. The expanded CEBA is being made available gradually by more than 230 financial institutions across the country, starting with the larger banks. Other participating financial institutions will start offering the program over the coming weeks. For more information see: https://ceba-cuec.ca/


News Release The CCA’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program announces 2020 semi-finalists June 30, 2020 Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program is pleased to announce its 24 semi-finalists for the 2020-2021 program year. The CYL Program is a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, which annually pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth. The 24 semi-finalists were selected by a panel of judges from a highly impressive pool of over 50 written applications submitted from young people across Canada ages 18 to 35. The semi-finalists will face the final round of competition during the annual CYL Selections event on August 10, 2020, which is moving to a virtual format this year due to COVID-19. The 2020 semi-finalists in no particular order are: •

British Columbia: Kayla Shallard (Prince George), Andrea van Iterson (Westwold) and Laura Code (Vernon)

Alberta: Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Russell Gallelli (Crossfield), Lance Schamber (Milk River), Tia Schram (Bruderheim), David Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton)

Saskatchewan: Janelle Smith (Melfort), Scott Gerbrandt (Swift Current) and Matt Hildebrandt (Rosthern)

Manitoba: Sarah Jensen (Arborg), Connor English (Rivers), Leah Rodvang (Brandon) and Laura Plett (Stead)

Ontario: Christopher Macfarlane (Keene), Charlene Yungblut (Thorold) and Grace Kuhl (Keady)

Prince Edward Island: Greg Stavert (Freetown)

Following the virtual competition, the 16 CYL finalists will be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship in their specific area of interest, which in the past has included sustainable grazing practices, nutrition, marketing, industry advocacy and more. The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


In addition, the effects of COVID-19 have drastically impacted the 2019-2020 CYL participants’ ability to take full advantage of travel, networking and mentorship opportunities provided through the program. We are pleased to be extending the 2019 CYL program year, where the 2019 participants who were originally set to graduate this summer, will now be graduating in August 2021. This means there will be two groups of CYLs for the 2020-2021 program year. We look forward to the additional opportunities this will allow CYLs to connect with likeminded young people from across Canada passionate about the success of the beef industry. This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the CYL Program which has seen over 120 graduates since the program was founded in 2010.

For further information, please contact: Jessica Giles Youth Leadership Coordinator Canadian Cattlemen’s Association gilesj@cattle.ca 403-336-2146 www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Applications for Manitoba Job Restart Program Now Available (June 26, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Eligible Manitobans looking to return to work can now apply for up to $2,000 in direct payments from the Manitoba Job Restart program, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Our government believes in investing in solutions, and the solution here in Manitoba as we move forward in the COVID-19 pandemic is to help as many people get back to work, safely,” said Pallister. “As Manitoba continues to lead the country in recovery, I encourage all Manitobans to embrace the jobs that are available now as we restart our economy.” The program will provide one initial payment of $500 plus three additional bi-weekly payments for $500 each, for a total of $2,000 over six weeks. Program participants must voluntarily stop collecting CERB or CESB support from the federal government. The province will fully finance the program, which does not require any contributions from employers for workers to qualify. This is a voluntary-participation program, and there is no obligation for Manitobans to stop receiving CERB or CESB benefits if they choose not to participate. To remain in the program, approved applicants must:

• actively return to work in Manitoba to a job with at least 30 hours per week in order to be eligible for the first $500 payment; • complete a simple declaration for each of the following two weeks certifying that they are still working at least 30 hours per week in order to receive the next three $500 payments; • no longer receive CERB, CESB or similar COVID-19 related support from the federal government; • follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 health guidelines in the workplace; and • continue residing permanently in Manitoba and be legally entitled to work in Canada. The amounts received will be a taxable benefit. Manitobans can learn more about the program details and fill out an application at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/ mjrp.html. The Manitoba Job Restart program will accept applications until July 31.

TESA Applications due December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


In this edition is a message from CCA President, Bob Lowe, markets update from Brian Perillat of CanFax, information on the fed cattle set aside program from Rich Smith of Alberta Beef Producers and an update on this year's Canadian Beef Industry Conference from Allana Minchau. Click image to view.

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July 10, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MELT extension in place for agriculture sector

The Manitoba government has recently approved a six-month extension of the deferral of mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for Class 1 truck drivers in the agriculture sector. Mandatory training is required for drivers who want to obtain their Class 1 driver’s licence. (Drivers with an existing valid Manitoba Class 1 licence issued before September 1, 2019, do not need to retest and are not required to take MELT.)

The deferral allows agricultural workers to take the Class 1 road test to obtain a conditional Class 1 licence without completing MELT. Applicants must request the agricultural deferral when booking a Class 1 road test and meet all other Class 1 requirements.

As of September 1, 2019, you must complete an approved Class 1 Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) course before you can book your road test to obtain a Class 1 licence to drive a semi-trailer truck (other existing requirements also apply).

This conditional Class 1 licence enables agricultural workers to drive farm-plated Class 1 vehicles only in Manitoba. Drivers who want to upgrade this conditional licence to a full Class 1 licence can do so by completing the MELT course and do not require an additional road test.

The MELT course consists of 121.5 hours of standardized training that covers the essential knowledge and skills to safely operate a semi-trailer truck. This mandatory training will help ensure the safety of all road users. Drivers only need to successfully complete mandatory training once – there is no need to take the training again. Agriculture industry As noted, the MELT requirement is deferred for the agricultural industry. This deferral has been extended to March 1, 2021, by the Province of Manitoba to allow drivers time outside of harvest season to complete MELT.

As of March 1, 2021, existing conditional licences revert to Class 1A (authorized instruction), and these drivers can receive a full Class 1 licence by completing MELT and do not need to re-test. This MELT phase-in strategy for the agriculture industry has been determined by the Province of Manitoba in consultation with industry stakeholders. For more information about MELT visit: https:// www.mpi.mb.ca/Pages/mandatory-entry-leveltraining.aspx


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Province Issues Flood Warning for Areas of Northwest Manitoba Updates High Water Situation in Southwest, Western and Southern Manitoba (July 9, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre has issued a flood warning related to high water entering Manitoba from Saskatchewan and potential rises along the Churchill River. Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Granville Lake and Leaf Rapids residents should be prepared for high water. Saskatchewan Power is releasing record high flows from reservoirs along the Churchill River. The effects of this flow increase in Manitoba will be: • Pukatawagan Lake - Mathias Colomb Cree Nation o Increased levels will be seen in three to five days, with peak levels in five to eight days. At the peak, the level is expected to rise by five to seven feet. o The current lake level is 905.5 ft. and the peak forecast level is 910.5 to 912.5 ft. • Granville Lake o The increased release is expected in about two weeks, with the peak arriving within three to four weeks, rising by eight to 10 ft. o The current lake level is 859 ft. with the peak expected to be 867 to 869 ft. • Leaf Rapids o The increased release is expected in about two weeks, with the peak within three to four weeks. At the peak, the level is expected to rise by eight to 10 ft. o The current lake level is 856.3 ft. with the peak level estimated at 864.3 to 866.3 ft. Areas of southwest and western Manitoba continue to experience flood conditions following record-high precipitation of more than 200 millimetres. Southern Manitoba, including the United States portion of the Red River basin, also received significant precipitation during this time. The precipitation has caused water levels to rise in rivers and creeks in these areas.

Water levels at the provincial dam at Rivers on the Little Saskatchewan River have declined steadily as there has been no significant rain in the area. The levels are now closer to the 2014 high water event. The steady declines have allowed provincial crews to prepare material and equipment to start the process of assessing the condition of the dam at Rivers. The latest flow on the Little Saskatchewan River at Minnedosa is 1,540 cubic feet per second (cfs). The latest flow rate from the Rivers dam is approximately 3,900 cfs, receding from the 12,000 cfs peak flow observed July 1. The dams at Rivers and Minnedosa are being monitored around the clock. At present, 57 individuals remain evacuated from the RM of Riverdale, 17 remain evacuated from the RM of Whitehead while the town of Neepawa and the RM of Cornwallis evacuees have returned. In addition, livestock has been moved from the RMs of Riverdale and Whitehead. People are advised to stay away from areas experiencing flooding and to avoid entering flooded water bodies. Unless travel is necessary, the province requests that individuals stay away from affected areas. Manitoba Infrastructure crews are working in the flood-affected areas. Staff are monitoring water level conditions and inspecting infrastructure on an ongoing basis, and 11 standard emergency response trailers have been deployed to the Westman area. These trailers contain pumps, water tubes and other essential flood equipment. Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization staff are working with municipalities to support local emergency management efforts. If required, evacuee reception centres will have physical distancing measures in place. A high water advisory has been issued for the Red River between Emerson and Winnipeg. Water levels are rising on the Red River and its tributaries due to recent rain, but levels are expected to remain within banks.


Participants Sought to Complete Global Bovine Tuberculosis Systems Survey I am a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Chester in England. My research dissertation is regarding veterinary, public health and agricultural professionals’ perceptions of their national One Health risk factors of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB). My project is titled: Global perceptions of national One Health Bovine Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) risk factors from veterinary, public health and agricultural professionals. I would like to invite you to participate in this survey because of the role you play within the global health community and/or the agriculture industry. Your knowledge, opinions and perceptions of bTB will provide invaluable insight which could inform future management and prevention strategies as well as reform legislation to combat further bTB outbreaks. Information from multiple countries will be collected, analyzed and used to write a comprehensive manuscript of bTB prevention and management options based on the resources and strategies employed across the globe and to address the knowledge gaps that are found. The aim of this project is to utilize the One Health approach to encourage communication and knowledge exchange between countries to lessen the risk of disease transmission. Your participation will be much appreciated as it will be help shape my project and help build healthier global community. Please click on the link below to access the questionnaire. Please respond/complete the questionnaire before August 1, 2020 for your answers to be included in the data analysis. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/ e/1FAIpQLSdFpj5-PC82cSiyiaULyjlkKsscxseCLyXeCFufhzvehU7xw/viewform

Should you have any questions, concerns or thoughts regarding this project please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email or phone. Thank you for your time, Hillary Spencer 1917788@chester.ac.uk +44 7842 660 568 Supervisory Team Kelly Gouveia DVM, PhD[HBS2] k.gouveia@chester.ac.uk Jasmine Dhillon BSc, BEd, DVM, MPH, PhD jasmine.dhillon@usask.ca


MBPon CTV

MONDAY, JULY 13 DURING THE 8am HOUR

Tune in to CTV Morning Live for a Manitoba Beef Producers segment with District 6 Director Melissa Atchison and CTV Winnipeg personality Terri Apostle!

COLUMN: COVID-19 continues to upend markets COVID-19 has changed the cattle industry; every cattleman in the “supply chain� has been affected, regardless of size. On top of that, every service provider to the cattle industry has also faced challenges during this crisis. The financial implications from the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years and some of the businesses may never recover. (Rick Wright shares his thoughts regarding the market situation on page 7 of the July 2020 issue of Cattle Country)


Service Canada begins gradual reopening of in-person locations across Canada (July 7, 2020 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians at every stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizes that Service Canada Centres offer one of the many important ways Canadians can access critical supports. Throughout the pandemic, the Government has taken concrete steps to ensure Canadians can continue to access the services and benefits they are entitled to in a way that respects public health guidelines and keeps Canadians safe. As more parts of our economy begin to reopen, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the gradual and safe reopening of up to 90 Service Canada Centres across the country. Decisions about reopening are being guided by public health advice, and with the priority that as many Canadians as possible should be able to access an open Service Canada office.

Additionally, to continue making online services more accessible, and given that Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) are essential for accessing government services and benefits, Canadians can now apply for one through the secure SIN online portal. The portal allows Canadians to submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment. For the latest and most up-to-date information, and to learn more about available services, visit Service Canada.

Quick facts • New safety measures put in place in Service Canada offices include: signage to manage physical distancing, limited seating in waiting areas, clear barriers at service counters, and enhanced disinfecting of offices. • In-person services available include processing applications for Social Insurance Numbers, Employment Insurance benefits, Canada Pension The reopening of in-person Service Canada Centres will Plan and Old Age Security benefits, and passports build on the new services recently put in place to meet the for essential travel. needs of Canadians during the pandemic, such as the • Passport and biometrics services will not be eServiceCanada portal. This portal allows Canadians available during the first phase of the reopening of requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an Service Canada Centres. For urgent passport online request and receive a callback from a Service services in Canada, clients can visit Canada.ca/ Canada officer within two business days. passport for the latest updates. For information on biometrics collection services, clients can visit Canadians should continue to use online services whenever Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Biometrics for the possible, including the eServiceCanada portal. Canadians latest updates. who do require in-person services should check the Find a • The new eServiceCanada portal provides Service Canada Office webpage to see if their local office is convenient support for Canadians who need open. If so, they are encouraged to make a request for an assistance to access benefits and services from their appointment through eServiceCanada, which also allows home. Canadians requiring in-person services to submit a request • Since the launch of eServiceCanada in March, there for an appointment. have been over 600,000 eService requests, representing roughly 45% of daily in-person traffic To protect the health and safety of Canadians and Service prior to COVID-19. Canada employees, extensive work has taken place to • A new toll-free Service Canada Outreach Support ensure these Centres open in the safest way possible. Centre was launched in April to support vulnerable Canadians entering offices will be required to respect communities with Internet access issues or who physical distancing and will be strongly encouraged to use face other barriers to service, and are normally face masks and hand sanitizer. Each Service Canada Centre served through the Community Outreach and will operate according to province and municipal health Liaison Services. and safety guidelines. As a result, face masks will be Associated links offered at Service Canada Centres where they are required • eServiceCanada: online service request under these guidelines. • Social Insurance Number online portal • Find a Service Canada Office


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EVERY TUESDAY FROM JULY 7 TO AUGUST 25, 2020 12:00 PM TO 12:45 PM ET

JOIN US for a Facebook Live Let's Make Lunch summer cooking camp for kids! Let's Make Lunch is a series of 8 FREE weekly summer camp sessions. Classes will run on the Canadian Beef Facebook page: @loveCDNbeef. Hosted by: Andrea Villneff, nutrition and food skills educator, BASc, PHEc, Chef

EACH CAMP LESSON INCLUDES: • a featured recipe that kids can cook along with - kids make lunch! • recipe card & shopping list posted in advance • how-to video lesson for reference before/after the Camp Lesson canadabeef.ca/lets-make-lunch-summer-camp

For more recipes, order your free copy of Let's Make Lunch resource booklets at thinkbeef .ca/order-centre Brought to you by Canada Beef. For the class recipe and to meet Andrea, visit canadabeef.ca/MyCanadianBeef


CFA Food for Thought Campaign Launches For the past month, CFA has been working with Edelman Canada, a global Public/Government Relations firm, to develop the Food for Thought campaign. This campaign's objective is to drive activism in urban/ suburban populations, with the end result being emails sent to their MPs showing both concern and support for Canada's food system. *Note: the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is a participant in this campaign. This campaign has a two pronged approach, with the public relations and government relations aspect working simultaneously. While the PR aspect will apply pressure on decision makers through their constituents, the government relations aspect will outline the problems facing the sector while giving potential solutions with specific monetary asks.

All posts should direct people the campaign’s website or SupportCanadianFood.ca and SupportCanadianFood.ca/Partners. Here are a few tips for using effective language in your posts: “Thousands of people have already sent an email to their MP…” “The growing season is already here and we need to…” “You have always stood up for farmers and we need your help…” CFA has made several posts that you can amplify and use as a basis for your own: · · ·

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The campaign is set to run for an eight week period. By amplifying our messaging, members and partners can help the campaign reach a wide variety of regions that are often more in tune with rural issues and therefore more likely to engage with the campaign without the same prodding that the urban audience will need via the paid advertisements.

TESA Applications due December 4 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until Friday, December 4, 2020. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 4, 2020. The application is to be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . If you have questions, please contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


July 17, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Expands ‘Back to Work’ Wage Subsidy Program (July 15, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release) As part of #RestartMB, Manitoba’s roadmap to

recovery, the Manitoba government is expanding its ‘Back to Work’ wage subsidy program and providing additional financial support for businesses to bring more Manitobans back, Premier Brian Pallister announced.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we knew we had to create opportunities for young Manitobans and we’ve created them,” said Pallister. “We have supported the creation of 8,200 additional positions for young people and now we lead the country, but there is still work to do. Today, I am proud to announce the expansion of our Back to Work wage subsidy program to provide more opportunities for businesses to offer the services Manitobans depend and rely on.”

Although Manitoba posted the second-best job recovery statistics in the country last month, Pallister noted there are still more than 69,000 Manitobans looking for work.

The enhanced Back to Work program will reimburse up to $5,000 for up to 10 new workers to a maximum of $50,000 per business, not for profit or charity. Businesses that have already benefited from provincial summer wage subsidies are eligible for this new wage subsidy benefit to hire or bring back an additional 10 employees. The program will now reimburse half of all wages for those newly hired to Oct. 31. Employers that have received financial support from other various provincial and federal programs are all eligible, the premier noted.

As an additional support for Manitoba businesses, the government also announced today that it will be extending the Manitoba Gap Protection Program deadline for applications to Aug. 31 from July 31. Businesses that are ineligible for federal support can also apply for an immediate $6,000 under this program, which has already provided more than $45 million in COVID business relief to over 7,600 employers who otherwise had no government support.

The application deadline is Oct. 1, with a deadline to submit proof of wages of Jan. 4, 2021. Businesses can apply for the wage subsidy starting July 16 at noon at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/btwmp.html.

The Back to Work Manitoba Initiative is a key component of Manitoba’s economic restart. The program is open to all

“Getting people back to work safely is job number one for our government,” said Pallister. “We are leading the country in putting in place the most generous and most comprehensive job creation programs our province has ever seen and any province has put in place.”

“Our suite of job creation programs is designed to give Manitoba workers and employers the right support at the Over the past month, more than 300 Manitoba businesses right time for the right job opportunity,” said Pallister. “We have applied for approximately $5 million to support are looking ahead to build our economy back even stronger.” 1,000 positions. More than 2,500 Manitobans have already applied for the “Many retailers are only now beginning to slowly rebuild Manitoba Job Restart Program, which provides up to $2,000 their staffing to their levels prior to the onset of to those who safely return to work and voluntarily stop COVID-19,” said John Graham of the Retail Council of collecting the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit Canada. “The extension of this job creation incentive will (CERB) or Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The play a critical role in helping many business owners lessen program application deadline is July 31. the risk of expanding their workforce in anticipation of business growth.” #RestartMB ECONOMIC SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Wage subsidy program continued from page 1 private-sector and non-profit employers and covers 50 per cent of wage costs between July 15 and Oct. 31. Employers can be supported to hire up to 10 workers to a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $50,000 per employer. This program is open to applicants of the Summer Student Recovery Jobs program and Back to Work this Summer Program. The application deadline is Oct. 1. The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program offers a wage subsidy to Manitoba employers to support the hiring of high school and post-secondary students. Eligible employers can apply for an hourly $7 wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student to hire up to five students, ages 15 to 29. The maximum amount of funding an employer can receive is $25,000. Employers have until Sept. 4 to apply. The Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant is available to eligible charities and non-profit organizations that apply for the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. The grant provides an additional $6,000 to approved non-profits/charities that hire at least one fulltime equivalent student under the jobs program for at least eight weeks, with $3,000 paid upfront and the remainder paid at the end of summer employment. Organizations that have already applied under the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program do not need to re-apply.

The Manitoba Gap Protection Program for businesses provides a one-time, $6,000 non-interest bearing forgivable loan to Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses that have experienced hardships in Manitoba as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health orders. The loan is forgiven on Dec. 31 if recipients declare at that time that they have not received any non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports greater than $6,000. Application deadline is Aug. 31. The Manitoba Job Restart Program is an incentive program designed to encourage thousands of Manitobans to return to work safely and voluntarily stop collecting the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The program will provide direct payments to workers to a maximum of $2,000 over a six-week period. The application deadline is currently July 31. Student Jobs MB (www.studentjobsmb.ca) is a new online tool that matches students to employers across Manitoba. Employers looking to hire a summer student can create a profile, get matched with students interested in their industry, view student resumes and contact prospective candidates for an interview.

Manitoba Government Further Extends State Of Emergency to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Work (July 14 Government of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government has extended the

provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The extension took effect at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 for a period of 30 days. A state of emergency allows the government to take quick action to support Manitobans when they need it most. The state of emergency was first declared on March 20 by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was further extended on April 18, May 17 and June 15.

For additional information and to view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. For more information on The Emergency Measures Act and a state of emergency, visit: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/ e080e.php.


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The GTOM crew is working hard (and staying safe) on set this week to bring you some new shows for the 31st season premiering Sept 12th on CTV.

Showcasing nutritious, affordable, delicious foods grown by Manitoba’s farmers We’re gearing up to bring you season 31 of Great Tastes this fall! Manitoba’s most watched cooking show, Great Tastes of Manitoba, is the province’s longest running, locally produced television series and reaches more Manitobans each week than anything on the Food Network. Each week local experts representing Manitoba Farmers join our host Dez Daniels in the kitchen. They cook and share stories about how food is produced in Manitoba, and tips for choosing and preparing these locally grown ingredients. Tune in or stream Elisabeth Harms and Manitoba Beef Producers on September 12 ("Comforting Classics") and October 31 ("Around the World") at 6:30pm on CTV Winnipeg or online at http:// greattastesmb.ca/


COLUMN: Developmental programming Developmental programming is a concept whereby events happening to the cow during critical stages of development of her fetus affect that unborn calf throughout its lifetime. Future production of the calves can be affected by herd management during gestation. (Dr. Tanya Anderson, DVM, writing for The Vet Corner on page 11 of the July 2020 issue of Cattle Country)


Western Economic Diversification Canada supports women-owned businesses in Western Canada Government of Canada to invest $8.3 million in western Canadian women entrepreneurs (July 15, 2020 – Western Economic Diversification Canada News Release)

Canadian women entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic success of our communities. At the same time, they have unique and systemic hurdles to overcome when starting and growing a business, and have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, many of the sectors where women entrepreneurs tend to operate like retail, accommodation and food services, have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. To help remedy this situation, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada), today announced $8.3 million through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support the Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI) organizations across Western Canada. PS Duguid made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The Women’s Enterprise Centre in British Columbia, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba will each receive $2 million in additional loan funds for women entrepreneurs. In addition, $300,000 in operating funding will be divided equally among the four WEIs to meet the increased demand for advisory services and business supports. Targeted support for women entrepreneurs in Western Canada

These organizations will use the funds to assist Canadian women-owned businesses unable to access larger federal relief funding programs by providing them with immediate liquidity to face COVID-19-related challenges. WEI organizations have extensive experience working with women entrepreneurs, assisting them to overcome barriers and challenges in building their businesses. They also have a proven track record in providing loans and after-care services to women entrepreneurs to ensure their long-term success.

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“Women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses are facing unique challenges in Canada and across the West. I’m pleased the Government of Canada is able to provide these supports so they can continue operating and building Canada's economic future. Women entrepreneurs want to go back to building their businesses, and we will be there to help them build back better. - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, MP for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada “Western Canadian women entrepreneurs make incredible contributions to our economy and communities every day. Their economic empowerment is essential for a thriving economy and will be crucial for the economic recovery of western Canadian communities. With WD’s assistance and other Government of Canada supports women-led businesses will come back stronger than ever.” - Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency) “The RRRF will assist in amplifying the supports provided by WESK (and other members of the Women’s Enterprise Initiative) to women entrepreneurs in our province. Women entrepreneurs leveraging the new loan fund can also utilize the wrap around services of WESK to address business recovery in a strategic fashion.” - Prabha Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan Quick facts • On May 13, 2020, the Government of Canada launched the $962 million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund—including $304.2 million for Western Canada—to support businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19. • The funding announced today is provided through WD, which strategically invests in projects that promote sustainable community economic diversification, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation. • In 1995, WD established the Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI), creating an independent non-profit organization in each western province to support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. The WEI organizations provide business advisory services, loans (up to $150,000), mentorship and networking opportunities to support women entrepreneurs. • The Government of Canada is advancing women's economic empowerment with the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a nearly $5-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Supporting businesses during this unprecedented time of crisis is an integral part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Related products Response Plan. These businesses are the backbone of our • COVID-19: Western Economic Diversification Canada launches economy—they provide good jobs that support families Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy across the country. By supporting employers today, Canada will be in a stronger position as we come out of this crisis.


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EVERY TUESDAY FROM JULY 7 TO AUGUST 25, 2020 12:00 PM TO 12:45 PM ET

JOIN US for a Facebook Live Let's Make Lunch summer cooking camp for kids! Let's Make Lunch is a series of 8 FREE weekly summer camp sessions. Classes will run on the Canadian Beef Facebook page: @loveCDNbeef. Hosted by: Andrea Villneff, nutrition and food skills educator, BASc, PHEc, Chef

EACH CAMP LESSON INCLUDES: • a featured recipe that kids can cook along with - kids make lunch! • recipe card & shopping list posted in advance • how-to video lesson for reference before/after the Camp Lesson canadabeef.ca/lets-make-lunch-summer-camp

For more recipes, order your free copy of Let's Make Lunch resource booklets at thinkbeef .ca/order-centre Brought to you by Canada Beef. For the class recipe and to meet Andrea, visit canadabeef.ca/MyCanadianBeef


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July 24, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Releases Revised Phase Four Plan To Restart Manitoba Economy

Following public health advice and feedback from Manitobans, the province has adjusted plans for the fourth phase of the Restoring Safe Services roadmap as part of the #RestartMB program, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today. (Government of Manitoba news release, July 23, 2020)

“As we move through this pandemic, our number one priority is to ensure the health and well-being of all Manitobans,” said Friesen. “While Manitoba’s response to COVID-19 has been led by scientific evidence and the advice of our public health professionals, we need to keep listening to what Manitobans are ready to accept and support at each phase of our recovery efforts. I want to thank Manitobans for their valuable input and commitment to keep the virus at bay as we continue to take a balanced and measured approach at restarting our economy.” Over the last two days, more than 50,000 Manitobans provided feedback on the draft phase four plan through the online survey and telephone town hall, the minister noted. The draft plan proposed a number of changes to be implemented as early as July 25. As a result of public health evidence and advice and in response to feedback received, phase four will proceed but with some items deferred to a later date or moved forward with more limited implementation, while other steps will remain as proposed. The proposed changes to visits in personal care homes and long-term care settings will proceed as outlined in the draft document. The minister noted facility operators will continue to review visitation policies and processes to ensure appropriate visitation, along with the health and safety of residents and families.

Items moving forward with more limited implementation on July 25 include: • maintaining current site capacity at 30 per cent for faith-based services, pow wows, but eliminating the need for sub-groups (cohorts); • allowing stage performances and opening movie theatres to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent of the site, up to a maximum of 500 people; • allowing casinos to open at a maximum of 30 per cent of the site’s capacity; and • allowing retail businesses and indoor recreation sites to use non-permeable barriers when distances of two metres can not be maintained. The following proposed changes have been deferred at this time: • proposed changes to indoor and outdoor gathering sizes; • relaxing of self-isolation requirements for those travelling from eastern and southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada; and • walk-up counter service in bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries. Public health officials will review possible adjustments on a week-by-week basis and make any additional changes based on the public health situation at the time. “It is thanks to the work and dedication of Manitobans that we have kept our test positivity rates low and reduced the level of illness from COVID-19 in Manitoba,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. Continued on page 3


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Phase four continued from page 1 • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms; • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; • ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and • following personal risk reduction measures.

“We will continue to look to the data and engage with Manitobans to ensure we are taking a balanced approach as we learn how we can live with this virus in the weeks, months and years ahead.” To view the updated phase four plan and to review public health guidance for businesses, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Public health officials continue to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers and visitors stay safe including: • ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance; • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;

#RestartMB is the Manitoba government’s roadmap to recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines investments in public health preparedness, jobs and economic stimulus to protect Manitobans and their livelihoods. For more details, visit www.manitoba.ca/ RestartMB. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Temporary Canada Border Services Agency service reduction at Crystal City port of entry (July 23, 2020 Canada Border Services Agency News Release)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is temporarily reducing service hours at the Crystal City, Manitoba port of entry, as follows. • Current hours of service: 9 am to 7 pm, seven days a week • New CBSA temporary hours of service: 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week This COVID-19 related measure is temporary and in effect as of July 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. It will remain in effect until further notice. The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. The temporary restriction on discretionary travel at the Canada-United States border remains in place. Economic supply chains and trade will remain open and the CBSA continues to work to ensure that access to goods and services is not interrupted.

Quick facts • This temporary reduction of service hours will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves. • The temporary restriction on discretionary travel at the Canada-United States border put in place on March 21 at 12:01 am EDT continues. This restriction is in place until at least August 21, 2020. • All persons entering Canada – no matter their country of origin or mode of entry – must isolate themselves for 14 days if they have symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 or quarantine themselves for 14 days if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. All foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada. • As of March 31, 2020, anyone arriving in Canada in any mode (air, land or marine) must provide their contact information to a border services officer when seeking entry. This information is collected on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada to support their compliance and enforcement of the 14-day quarantine or isolation requirement outlined in Order in Council 2020-0524. Travellers are encouraged to download the mobile ArriveCAN App prior to arrival to reduce wait times and limit contact at the border. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play. • For the latest on cross-border programs and services, travellers can call the CBSA’s Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous Associated links • Open ports of entry and temporary service reductions people continue to be able to move within and between their • CBSA Directory of Offices and Services communities, and are able to provide and access essential • Border Information Service goods and services. • COVID-19 - Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice


MANITOBA INVESTS OVER $5 MILLION IN LOCALLY LED WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 20 Projects Support Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan: Premier (Government of Manitoba news release, July 22, 2020)

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has selected 20 new conservation projects that will receive more than $5.6 million to ensure the health and sustainability of the province’s watersheds for future generations, building on the Manitoba government’s commitment to create a legacy of climate-change adaptation and resilience, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Watershed management is an important part of our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” said Pallister. “Local expertise, the commitment of landowners and the support of our partners will help ensure these projects protect our water quality, sustainably manage our natural resources and leave a sustainable legacy for all Manitobans to enjoy.” These newly approved projects resulted from a call for proposals released in January, focused on water and watershed management. Funding is being provided through the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust and the Conservation Trust. Through GROW, watershed districts in Manitoba will deliver 16 projects that improve resilience to the effects of climate change. Landowners will work with watershed districts and receive capital costs or annual payments to support new conservation projects. These include: • $750,000 to the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District in southeast Manitoba to support projects that reduce peak flows during floods, retain water during dry periods and capture nutrients in identified ‘hotspot’ areas that would otherwise end up in Lake Winnipeg; • $440,000 for the Souris River Watershed District projects to reduce peak water flows, conserve atrisk shallow wetlands, improve soil health, conserve wildlife habitat and sequester carbon; • $500,000 for the Inter-Mountain Watershed District, located east of the Riding and Duck mountains, to address flooding and severe water erosion that occurs along the edge of this region and the Manitoba escarpment; and

• $250,000 to the East Interlake Watershed District, on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, to focus on wetland and riparian area enhancement projects that reduce water flow and capture nutrients before they can enter Lake Winnipeg. The Conservation Trust will also provide funding to four non-profit organizations that submitted watershed-based proposals. Examples of approved projects include: • $150,000 for the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources to work within the Collaborative Leadership Initiative, involving Indigenous and municipal leaders to deliver wetland restoration projects and demonstrate water quality trading as a nutrient-reduction tool in the Lake Winnipeg basin; and • $50,000 for Ducks Unlimited Canada to improve watershed resilience by restoring wetlands and other natural habitats in the prairie pothole landscape of southwest Manitoba. “Revenues from the trusts are now supporting new watershed conservation activities that also will help Manitobans adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. These GROW and Conservation Trust projects will also leverage more than $9 million in matching funds, the premier noted. The Conservation Trust was established in 2018 with a $102 million contribution to The Winnipeg Foundation to generate annual revenues for conservation projects in perpetuity. It is managed by the foundation, with projects approved, tracked and evaluated by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. Earlier this year, 23 projects received $1.8 million in funding through the trust. For more information, visit www.mhhc.mb.ca/the-conservation-trust/. In 2019, a $52-million endowment fund established GROW as a made-in-Manitoba approach to deliver ecological goods and services, with a focus on watershed health, management and resiliency. In last fall’s speech from the throne, the province also committed to investing another $50 million in a Wetlands GROW Trust to support landowners who wish to conserve temporary wetlands not protected by regulation. Continued on page 5


Watershed improvement projects continued from page 4 GROW is delivered by Manitoba’s watershed districts through local watershed committees. For more information, visit https://gov.mb.ca/sd/water/watershed/index.html. The Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan called for the establishment of a trust to provide long-term and stable support to conservation efforts throughout the province. For additional information about the projects see: Premier Brian Pallister making the announcement on July 22. Photo credit: Government of Manitoba

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Prairie Agricultural Survey re: Climate Services in the Prairie Region

IISD Survey re: Beneficial Management Practice Adoption

The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) is seeking feedback from farmers, ranchers, and other industry stakeholders to inform the development of agriculturally relevant climate services within the Prairie region.

The International Institute of Sustainable Development is inviting farms owners and farm operators to take part in the survey on Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) adoption and enter a draw for a chance to win $200 Walmart Gift Certificate.

Feedback can be provided via a survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ NKTZ635) or by attending an upcoming focus group (Register at: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/TJD552V).

These responses will help funding agencies and watershed district managers better support farmers with their environmental and financial needs around BMP adoption.

Please note that the PCC is holding three focus group sessions - two for producers (August 4th, 9:00-10:30 and August 5th, 9:00-10:30) and one for others in the sector (August 5th, 1:00-2:30). Please complete the registration at the link above if you are interested in participating in one of these sessions.

This survey is a critical component of the Living Labs project led by Agriculture-Agri Food Canada and the Manitoba Association of Watersheds. The link to the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iisd_producersurvey


COLUMN: GET OUTSIDE AND GET COOKING!

"Now that summer is finally upon us, we can sit outside and enjoy the weather. Many of us have felt the strain of being inside for so long and have been waiting for the day where we can spend time outside; whether it’s gardening, planting or simply reading a book. There are also lots of us who have been just waiting for the perfect summer evening to crank up the barbeque to cook dinner outside." (Elisabeth Harms, MBP's resident food expert, writing on page 8 of the July issue of Cattle Country)


Governments of Canada and Manitoba Announce New Program to Help Agri-Processors Mitigate the Spread Of COVID-19 (July 20, 2020 Canada/Manitoba Government News Release)

The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced a new $3-million cost-shared Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to support projects that will help agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced. “Food producers and processors have had to deal with so many new challenges over the past months, while continuing to supply Canadians with the high-quality food they produce. Manitoba processors have stepped up to deal with those challenges, just as Canadians have never been more appreciative of the importance of our food supply chain,” said Bibeau. “The funding our two governments are delivering together today gives Manitoba processors an extra financial boost to adjust to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and help keep their workers safe.” “A COVID-19 response for the agri-food and agriproduct sector is needed to ensure processors can adapt, recover and maintain competitiveness,” said Pedersen. “The pandemic has required them to make changes to their operations and enhance their employee protections. Manitoba’s food and agriproduct processors are significant contributors to our economy, so we are pleased to offer a program that helps respond to these challenges.” The new COVID-19 Response Initiative will provide financial assistance to agri-food and agri-product processors, food distributors and agri-food industry organizations for:

• personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies; • business continuity practices, training and resources to support COVID-19 mitigation; and • beginning in September, financial assistance will also be available for materials, supplies and equipment rentals needed to adapt production processes to meet social distancing and other precautions related to COVID-19. Eligible costs must be directly related to the execution of a project and must be incurred between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021. Projects must be completed on or before Jan. 31, 2021. Governments will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to $25,000 per applicant. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services. For more information, visit www.canada.ca/Agri-Partnership. Funding applications are available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website, at https:// www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/ag-action-manitoba-program/financialassistance-covid-19.html.

Great beef industry content is coming up July 28, showcasing the amazing environmental work being done on farm! Please join the CCA for a special presentation showcasing the nominees for The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2020, including Hagan Valley Ranch here in Manitoba. 12:00 p.m. CST / click on the image to access link.


Supporting Canadian Workers and Businesses with a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (July 17, 2020 Department of Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to better position them for a strong recovery. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) protects jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off. Since its launch, about 3 million Canadian employees have had their jobs supported through the CEWS, and that number continues to grow. The Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced proposed changes to the CEWS that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support so that more workers can return to their jobs quickly as the economy restarts. This support would continue to protect jobs and help Canadian businesses that are the most impacted. The proposed changes included in the Government’s draft legislative proposals would: • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020. • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers. This would help many struggling employers with less than a 30-per-cent revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers, while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly. • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules. • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

These proposed changes follow consultations with business and labour representatives on potential adjustments to the CEWS program aimed at ensuring that it continues to protect jobs and promote growth. By helping workers transition back to their jobs and supporting businesses as they increase revenues, these changes would ensure that employers have the certainty they need to hire back quickly as the economy improves and to best position workers and businesses for the future. The government continues to assess and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy. Quote “We are ensuring that Canadians are able to get back to work as quickly as possible. The adjustments we are proposing would ensure that the CEWS continues to address Canadians’ needs while also positioning them for growth as economies continue to gradually and safely reopen.” - Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Quick facts • In order to implement the measures included in today’s announcement, the Government of Canada intends to introduce legislation to be considered by Parliament, and has shared draft legislative proposals. • The government introduced the CEWS, as part of its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, in order to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis. • The CEWS was put in place for an initial 12-week period from March 15 to June 6, 2020, providing a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers. On May 15, the Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced that the Government of Canada would extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Today’s proposed changes would further extend the program until November 21, 2020, with the intent to provide further support until December 19, 2020. Related products • Adapting the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Protect Jobs and Promote Growth • Draft legislative proposals https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/07/ supporting-canadian-workers-and-businesses-with-a-redesignedcanada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html


July 31, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

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For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw, and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with Manitoba Beef Producers, Keystone Agricultural Producers and Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association.

Social Media There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/ selling hay and straw.

Manitoba Agriculture Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba

Hay Exchange The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here. Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw. For more information.

Livestock Producers Temporarily Allowed to Cut Hay and Graze Animals on Crown Lands (July 24, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development advises that due to dry conditions in parts of the province over the past few years, livestock producers will temporarily be allowed to cut hay and allow animals to graze on Crown lands not normally designated for agricultural use. Under certain circumstances, Crown lands can be made available for agricultural use. The Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing program will administer the use of available land and provide necessary permits. Livestock must be removed when the naturally existing forage is exhausted or by Oct. 31 and baled hay must be removed by Nov. 15.

If producers with AgriInsurance contracts intend to put their crop to alternate use (i.e. for feed), they are required to contact Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation to arrange for a field appraisal before harvesting the crop. Crop producers should also consider making crop residue available to livestock producers. For more information, contact the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing program at 204-867-6550 or a local Agricultural Crown Lands District Office. A listing can be found at: www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/landmanagement/crown-land/agricultural-crown-landsdistrict-offices.html.

E-Newsletter The next edition will be available August 14!


Classroom Learning to Resume in September for All Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 Students (July 30, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Classroom learning will resume on Sept. 8 for all students in kindergarten through Grade 12 at schools across Manitoba following last spring’s suspension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

A total of $48 million in savings is available to ensure that schools are COVID-ready in September, the minister noted, adding the province is monitoring resource implications closely as part of its planning to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction in the upcoming school year.

“The province is welcoming students back to classrooms for the new school year, while working closely with school divisions and Public Health,” said Goertzen. “The best place for students is in class, giving them the full benefits of the tremendous work of Manitoba teachers and providing parents and caregivers with certainty that their children are receiving the best education possible.”

“The need for child care is top of mind. The departments of Education and Families are working with school divisions and the child-care sector to ensure that families can continue to access child care within schools,” said Goertzen. “Both departments are working together to develop learning guidelines for children with special needs, as well as students at risk.”

The Welcoming Our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the province’s kindergarten to Grade 12 COVID-19 response planning team, as well as with school divisions and public health officials. Manitoba school divisions and schools will follow these provincial guidelines to finalize and post division plans by mid-August. Accessible and transparent information is important as students, staff and families will have questions about COVID-19 and returning to in-class learning.

Welcoming Our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools is based on feedback provided by parents, caregivers, students and education stakeholders through an EngageMB survey that began in June. The minister noted tens of thousands of Manitobans have completed the survey, and the government will continue to collect and use this information in adapting plans while the public health situation evolves. Manitobans can visit https://engagemb.ca to share thoughts or ask questions.

Learning in classrooms will be full-time for students in kindergarten through Grade 8 and for special-needs students in all grades, with five days of instruction per week. Some remote learning may be required for students in grades 9 to 12, based on the ability of high schools to implement necessary public health measures including physical distancing and the use of cohorts (designated groups of students) to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and to support contact tracing.

In a joint statement, the Manitoba School Boards Association, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools, Manitoba Association of School Business Officials and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents said, “We believe that collaborative planning is in the best interests of students, parents, and school staff. The goal is to have as many students as possible learning in classrooms this fall and throughout the coming school year. Maintaining a strong focus on the health, safety and well-being of students, staff, families and communities, we all agree the emphasis needs to be on getting students the in-person teaching and learning they need while making sure that safety is the top priority for everyone.”

Three response levels have been developed to ensure that school divisions and schools are prepared to roll back from in-class learning based on public health advice. Divisions must ensure that all students learning remotely have access to technology. “Manitoba Education and Public Health are working with divisions and individual schools to ensure that as many students as possible return to classroom learning full-time,” said Goertzen. “Divisions have been working diligently this summer on their individual plans for September, and are refining details for communication, screening, hand hygiene, physical distancing, the use of cohorts and outbreak management to be followed at every one of their schools.”

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.



More Than 78,000 Manitobans Will Receive Payment Through Risk Recognition Program (July 29, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

“Many working Manitobans were exposed to on-thejob risks they’d never experienced prior to the pandemic and we can’t thank them enough for the roles they played in supporting all Manitobans through this difficult time,” said Pallister.

“We want to thank front-line workers and acknowledge the sacrifices they made during the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased risks they faced on the job to provide crucial services,” said Pallister. “We also appreciate Manitobans’ patience as we reviewed every application we received in order to determine final payment amounts.”

The Manitoba Risk Recognition Program was offered to workers employed on a part-time or full-time basis from March 2, the start of the provincial state of emergency, until May 29. Applicants must have either worked a minimum 200 cumulative hours, or would have worked that amount but were required to selfisolate under public health orders. An employee’s total pre-tax employment income during the eligibility period must be less than $12,500, excluding overtime wages, and they could not be enrolled in the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The province is issuing payments to 78,442 Manitobans as part of the $120-million Risk Recognition Program to acknowledge front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced.

The province will divide $120 million equally among all eligible recipients for a payment of $1,530. As the payments are considered taxable income under federal tax rules, the province has remitted a 10 per cent withholding tax to the Canada Revenue Agency to help recipients when they file their 2020 income tax return. Eligible recipients will be notified via email of a $1,377 direct deposit in their bank account this week. Eligible positions included health care, social services, justice, security, transportation, food and beverage, hotels and essential retail. Payment recipients include 37,060 public-facing essential roles in retail services and lodging, 27,085 in health care, 9,325 in social services and 3,440 in transportation. The province based eligibility criteria on recommendations it received during extensive consultations with business and union representatives.

The Manitoba government has partnered with the federal government on this cost-sharing program, created with the intention of recognizing low- and middle-income workers. The federal government is providing $90 million, while Manitoba is contributing $30 million. Full program details are available online at https:// manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/mrrp.html.

CFIA statement on unrequested packages of seeds (July 28, 2020 CFIA Statement)

COVID-19 Testing Sites and the August Long Weekend For a complete rundown of COVID-19 testing sites, particularly as it pertains to the August long weekend, go to the following website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/ covid19/updates/testing.html#list For the latest updates on case numbers in Manitoba see: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/index.html

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is investigating reports of individuals receiving unsolicited packages of seeds. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. Unauthorized seeds could be the seeds of invasive plants, or carry plant pests, which can be harmful when introduced into Canada. These species can invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to our plant resources. If you receive a seed package that you did not order, please contact your regional CFIA office immediately. Keep the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label until a CFIA inspector contacts you with further instructions.


Invitation to Serious Animal Disease Emergencies Awareness Webinar The Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project is pleased to offer an online introduction to our popular serious animal disease emergencies workshops to Canada’s livestock industry – the Serious Animal Disease Emergencies Awareness Webinar (Zoom format).

The webinar is designed to heighten awareness and proactive action at the farm level.

This free and informative hour-long webinar introduces livestock producers and association staff to the general stages of a serious animal disease event response and the animal health emergency management resources that will help you understand, prepare for, and respond to a major emergency event.

The Manitoba webinar is scheduled as follows: Tuesday, August 18/1 pm Central Standard Time – click here to register

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prairie Agricultural Survey re: Climate Services in the Prairie Region

IISD Survey re: Beneficial Management Practice Adoption

The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) is seeking feedback from farmers, ranchers, and other industry stakeholders to inform the development of agriculturally relevant climate services within the Prairie region.

The International Institute of Sustainable Development is inviting farms owners and farm operators to take part in the survey on Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) adoption and enter a draw for a chance to win $200 Walmart Gift Certificate.

Feedback can be provided via a survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ NKTZ635) or by attending an upcoming focus group (Register at: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/TJD552V).

These responses will help funding agencies and watershed district managers better support farmers with their environmental and financial needs around BMP adoption.

Please note that the PCC is holding three focus group sessions - two for producers (August 4th, 9:00-10:30 and August 5th, 9:00-10:30) and one for others in the sector (August 5th, 1:00-2:30). Please complete the registration at the link above if you are interested in participating in one of these sessions.

This survey is a critical component of the Living Labs project led by Agriculture-Agri Food Canada and the Manitoba Association of Watersheds. The link to the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iisd_producersurvey


Canada Revenue Agency updates re: payment deadlines, interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic (July 27, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release)

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and is committed to supporting Canadians throughout it. The CRA understands that individuals and businesses might be dealing with difficulties in meeting their financial obligations, including paying tax debts they may have incurred prior to the crisis. In addition to measures already announced, the CRA is extending the payment deadline and applying relief to interest on existing debt. Payment deadline extension The CRA is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. This includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30, 2020. Interest on Existing Tax Debt The CRA is also waiving interest on existing tax debts related to individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020 and from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, for goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) returns. While this measure for existing tax debts does not cancel penalties and interest already assessed on a taxpayer’s account prior to this period, it ensures that a taxpayer’s existing tax debt does not continue to grow through interest charges during this difficult time. This measure provides immediate relief to impacted taxpayers. Filing returns The previously extended filing due dates for individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns remain unchanged. However, recognizing the difficult circumstances faced by Canadians, the CRA will not impose late-filing penalties where a current year individual, corporation, or trust return is filed late provided that it is filed by September 30, 2020.

The CRA encourages everyone to file their individual, corporate and trust returns as soon as possible, even though payment deadlines are being extended. This is particularly important for individuals receiving credits and benefits, such as the Canada Child Benefit. To ensure Canadians continue to receive their benefits and credits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRA temporarily suspended interruptions for those who were unable to file their income tax and benefit return by the June 1 deadline. Currently, if a 2019 individual tax return has not been assessed, the CRA is calculating benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payments based on information from 2018 tax returns. However, if 2019 individual tax returns are not received and assessed by early September 2020, estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020 and individuals may have to repay the amounts that were issued as of July 2020. The CRA has helpful information and a step-by-step guide to help Canadians complete their taxes. The CRA tax processing system is fully operational and returns are being processed quickly to support Canadians in getting their refunds and ensuring continuity of their benefits. COVID-19 measures The Government of Canada previously announced fiscal measures to help Canadians during this period, some of which affect tax-filing and payment deadlines. Below are some of the important changes that were announced: • Extensions to tax-filing and payment deadlines • New emergency credits and measures (Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)) • A one-time special payment to the GST/HST credit and a one-time increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment in May • Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) • Electronic signatures for authorization of certain forms • Deferring GST/HST remittances and customs duty payments until June 30th, 2020


August 14, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Announces Online Public Engagement for Manitoba’s Agriculture Industry The province launched an online public engagement opportunity seeking feedback on a broad range of agricultural sector issues and opportunities from Manitoba’s producers and industry, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced.

(August 4, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

“Engaging with farmers allows us to collect important information and make informed decisions and recommendations with my provincial and federal colleagues across the country this October at the annual conference of ministers of agriculture,” said Pedersen. “We are committed to bringing the voices of farmers forward.” The province is seeking public input in four areas: business risk management, market opportunities, innovation and technology, and resiliency. Business risk management programs are important tools that help producers manage their risk. For the past two years, producer feedback has suggested that existing programming is not effective for some sectors, leading to federal and provincial governments to explore changes. Manitoba’s agriculture industry continues to be export driven. The province wants to ensure that producers and processors have continued access to current and new market opportunities.

Innovation is becoming increasingly ingrained into the agriculture and agrifood sector. Technology has the capacity to prepare for and mitigate risk, address labour shortages, improve animal health and welfare and build increased sustainability into the sector. Input from the public will help shape Manitoba’s capacity through the use of Ag Action Manitoba programs.

Background Information from the Engage Manitoba Website re: Online Consultation on Engaging Manitoba’s Agriculture Industry

COVID-19 has impacted all Manitobans as well as food supply chains. Public input will help ensure the sector continues to be resilient in the face of future disruptions and crisis.

This engagement supports preparation for the upcoming Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Agriculture meeting being hosted on October 14-16, 2020. Discussion topics will include post-COVID-19 resiliency, market opportunities, Business Risk Management, and the use of technology and innovation to advance the agriculture sector.

This engagement complements an inperson, week-long tour by the minister that included multiple stops in rural Manitoba in an open dialogue format.

There are four forum topics on this page, please participate in the ones that interest you. The topics are as follows:

To take part in the online engagement, visit https://engagemb.ca/engagingmb-ag-industry. The online public engagement will close Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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Business Risk Management Resiliency Innovation and Technology Market Opportunities Continued on page 3


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Canfax Research Services is proud to present the Canadian Cow-calf Cost of Production Network (CDN COP Network) funded by the Beef

Cattle Research Council and delivered with our provincial partners. The CDN COP Network will host 26 cow-calf producer focus groups across Canada to establish baseline cost of production statistics and develop future farm scenarios. This will provide national benchmarking data for the first time across Canada. Network information is now live for producers and the general public. Please check out our website: http:// www.canfax.ca/COPNetwork.aspx.

We’re actively recruiting participants for focus groups over the next several months and we want to encourage as many producers to sign-up as possible. We invite you to share our social media messages on your social media platforms and encourage you to engage with us to get the word out about this initiative. Producers can find additional information and sign-up at our website. Producers who sign-up and are selected to participate will receive a $500 honorarium. Selection will be based on several criteria identified in the intake form as producers are grouped based on: region, production systems, etc. Please contact crs@canfax.ca to answer any questions you may have.

Online public engagement - background continued from page 1 We encourage you to check back prior to September 1, 2020 so that you may read comments and have dialogue with other participants. This engagement complements an in-person, week-long tour by the minister that included multiple stops in rural Manitoba in an open dialogue format. Responses from each forum discussion and in-person meeting will be used to prepare a What We Heard Report detailing key takeaways in each area. The report will be made available to the public. Business Risk Management Business Risk Management (BRM) programs are important tools that help producers manage their risk. For the past two years, Federal and Provincial governments have been exploring changes, as producer feedback has suggested that existing programming is not effective for some sectors. This is an ongoing dialogue we hope to continue in order to ensure future changes are aligned with both producers needs but also with government mandates and financial commitments. What type of BRM programming will accelerate investment and innovation in the industry? Resiliency COVID-19 impacted all Manitobans in different ways. It also taught us how a global crisis can impact our entire food supply chain. Many in our sector have pivoted their business, charted a path forward and discovered new ways to work in a changing world. COVID-19 highlighted the need to increase the sector's resilience

to emergencies or mass disruptions, whether due to pandemics, climate events or trade barriers. What actions and policy were effective and what do we need now to ensure that our sector continues to be resilient in the face of future disruptions or crisis? Innovation and Technology Innovation is becoming increasingly ingrained into the agriculture and agrifood sector. Technology has the capacity to prepare for and mitigate risk, address labour shortages, improve animal health and welfare and build increased sustainability into our sector. We seek to work with industry to build our sectors capacity through the use of Ag Action Manitoba programs. We are proud to have been able to fund projects that focus on building and capturing the value from innovation in our sector and fostering partnerships between industry and educational institutions to ensure we have the skills training required for our future workforce. Where should we focus future policy and programming to ensure our industry has access to the technology and work force required for continued resiliency, sustainability and risk mitigation? Market Opportunities Manitoba’s agriculture industry continues to be export driven and we want to ensure that our producers and processors have continued access to current and new market opportunities. Capturing these opportunities may require us to think beyond the sale and movement of goods but also consider the role public trust, innovation, infrastructure, climate change and technology play. How has the recent pandemic shed light on hurdles or process changes we need to consider when looking at strengthening our market opportunities or reducing risks associated with those market opportunities?


Mobile driver testing services resuming – Manitoba Public Insurance (August 10, 2020 Manitoba Public Insurance News Release)

Starting August 10 MPI resumed booking appointments for mobile driver testing services throughout Manitoba. MPI’s mobile testing units offer limited driver testing services on a scheduled basis to communities without an MPI service centre. As with all driver testing services, mobile testing was suspended due to COVID-19 in March. Customers are able to view available locations and the driver licence class tests and dates offered here. In order to increase overall appointment availability, MPI has permanently consolidated a number of mobile testing locations. At this time, northern remote sites will not resume testing, however, future planning for these locations is in progress.

Changes to mobile testing locations As a result of a recent program review based on demand and optimal testing routes, MPI has made changes to the communities where mobile testing will be offered going forward. Mobile testing will now be offered in the following communities: • Altona, Ashern, Carberry, Carman, Cross Lake, Flin Flon, Gillam, Gimli, Grand Rapids, Killarney, Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Manitou, Minnedosa, Morden, Morris, Neepawa, Niverville, Norway House, Pine Falls, Roblin, Russell, Snow Lake, Souris, Stonewall, Treherne, and Virden.

How to book Similar to booking knowledge and road test appointments at MPI service centres, customers eligible for mobile testing sites can do so in the following ways: • Online: Customers are encouraged to book Class 5 and 6 road tests through MPI’s Online Services. • Over the phone: Customers who either cannot or do not wish to visit an Autopac agent or service centre, can call their Autopac agent to book a test. • In person: As always, road tests can also be booked in person at Autopac agents or MPI Service Centres.

Please note: Northern remote testing sites were not included in the program review. By consolidating mobile testing sites, MPI will be able to offer an increased number of appointments to Manitobans. It is estimated that no customer will need to travel more than one hour for driver testing services throughout the province.

COVID-19 requirements As with all of MPI’s driving testing services during COVID-19, procedures have been updated for the protection of both customers and staff. Customers can find the full list of requirements here.

Provincewide State of Emergency Extension in Manitoba (August 12, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government will extend the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The extension goes into effect at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, for a period of 30 days. A state of emergency allows the government to take quick action to support Manitobans when they need it most. The state of emergency was first declared on March 20 by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was further extended on April 18, May 17, June 15 and July 14. For additional information and to view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit https:// manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html. For more information on The Emergency Measures Act and a state of emergency, visit https:// web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/e080e.php.


CFIA update on unrequested packages of seeds (August 6, 2020 CFIA Statement)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to protecting the health of Canada's plant resources, our environment and our economy.

The CFIA is considering all options, including the possibility that an e-commerce business is trying to boost online sales by sending unrequested products to customers and posting fake positive reviews, also known as "brushing".

To date, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has received reports from more than 750 individuals across all Canadian provinces who have received unrequested packages of unknown seeds.

The CFIA continues to work with the Canada Border Services Agency and Canada Post, as well as with its international partners to identify the seed origins and stop the flow of unsolicited seeds into Canada.

There have been no reports of unsolicited seeds in the territories.

The CFIA asks Canadians who receive seeds they did not order to:

In collaboration with the Canadian public, the CFIA continues to collect information on these unsolicited seed packages, including information about the contents, on the sender, return address (if any), postmark, and how the package was labelled. Information that CFIA has collected to date includes: • The packages are postmarked as being from several different countries and many are declared as toys or jewelry. As a result, it is difficult to identify the packages as containing seeds when they arrive in the country. • The seeds are from a range of plant species, including tomato, strawberry, rose and citrus, as well as some weed seeds that are common in Canada (for example, shepherd's purse and flixweed). • Based on visual inspections carried out to date, the seeds appear to be low risk, however Canadians are being cautioned to not plant these seeds from unknown origins. It remains unclear why some Canadians are receiving the seeds, or their originators, although some of the recipients reported having ordered seeds online in the past.

• Put the seeds, packaging, and mailing label in a sealed bag inside a second sealed bag. • Report them to a regional CFIA office. • Await further direction from the CFIA. • Refrain from planting, flushing, or composting the seeds to avoid them sprouting and spreading. Additional steps: • If you no longer have the seeds but still have the packaging, please set it aside and report it to the CFIA. • If you have already planted the seeds or put them in the compost, please remove them, and any plants that may have grown from them, and put them in a sealed bag inside a second sealed bag, along with the package, if available, and contact the CFIA. • If you have already thrown the seeds in the garbage but still have packaging or other information that will help to determine where the seeds came from, please contact the CFIA. While the CFIA continues to collect and share information with other countries experiencing the same situation, such as the United States, we may not be able to determine the source. This situation is an opportunity to remind Canadians of the importance of plant health and of Canada's plant import requirements when buying and selling online.

MBP is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Completed applications and supporting documents are due Friday, November 6.


Passport services in Canada resumed by mail and by appointment for travel in less than 30 days (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada News Release) The Government of Canada has started the gradual

resumption of some passport services in Canada.

Starting July 31, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If Canadians have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, they can request in-person appointments. Applicants can visit Canada.ca/passport to learn more and find out how to apply. If Canadians do not have travel plans, we ask that they wait before applying for a passport. Processing times are expected to be longer than normal due to high demand and measures to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and Canadians. Applicants who are concerned about renewing their passport should note that they can now use the simplified renewal process within two years after the expiry date rather than one, if their passport expired on or after February 1, 2019. This means they have more time to renew if they aren’t travelling soon. The simplified renewal process allows Canadians to submit a shorter form without resubmitting their citizenship documents and a guarantor declaration.

As Service Canada Centres begin to gradually and safely reopen, passport services will be limited to appointment only. Canadians can continue to visit canada.ca/service-canada-home for the latest updates. Quick facts • Canadians abroad can contact the nearest Government of Canada of office for travel document services. These offices are providing varied level of passport services, depending on their local conditions. • Refugee travel documents and certificates of identity continued to be processed on an urgent basis. Applicants can visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website for more information. Associated links • How to apply for Canadian passport • Canadian passports


August 21, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Online Provincial Pandemic Response System Launched to Inform, Guide Manitobans on COVID-19 (August 19, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has launched the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, a new public health online tool that connects Manitobans with clear, timely, and more detailed and localized information about the current risk of COVID-19 and the specific measures being taken to reduce its spread, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Keeping Manitobans safe is our government’s top priority in these uncertain times,” said Pallister. “Equipping Manitobans with the information they need to stay safe while restarting our economy will help ensure we are better prepared to navigate through the COVID challenges ahead. That is what our new Pandemic Response System is designed to do.” This new online tools allows public health officials to apply and effectively communicate with Manitobans specific changes and related pandemic containment measures by localized site, region or sector as needed. This will allow targeted measures focused on containing any outbreaks, instead of applying provincewide restrictions. This ensures public health remains a top priority while minimizing impacts on the economy and services for Manitobans. The #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, the first of its kind in Canada, is based on a series of COVID-19 indicators monitored by public health officials to give Manitobans a clear and detailed picture of the situation throughout the province at all times. Those COVID-19 indicators include health system capacity, public health capacity, risk of outbreaks in vulnerable settings and risk of importation of cases. The four colour-coded response levels are: • (red) critical – community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and/or there are significant strains on the health-care system;

• (orange) restricted – community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring, public health measures are being taken to manage the negative impact on human health and/or the health system; • (yellow) caution – community transmission of COVID-19 is at low levels; and • (green) limited risk – the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained and a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available. The system launched with a provincewide level of ‘caution’, meaning COVID-19 is still a threat across Manitoba, but community transmission levels are low. There are multiple and isolated clusters of cases which are mostly contained. For more information on the COVID-19 indicators and the four response levels, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prs/system.html. “We must learn to live with this virus, and be prepared to both respond and adapt to changes in the transmission risks COVID-19 presents,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “The Pandemic Response System is a key preparedness tool setting out what Manitobans must do, at each response level, to help reduce risks and minimize the spread of this virus.” The site outlines steps Manitobans should be taking at each response level, as well as public health orders and guidance for businesses, service providers and other sectors. At all response levels, Manitobans should continue to follow the public health fundamentals. Those include: cont. on page 3


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


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always stay home when sick, even if mildly ill; enhanced hand hygiene; maintain physical distancing; and wear masks in public indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible.

The #Restart Pandemic Response System supports the Manitoba government's roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/ restartMB. Backgrounder #RestartMB Pandemic Response System COVID-19 is still a threat across Manitoba; however, transmission levels are low. The chief provincial public health officer has set the response level to Caution across the entire province. Manitobans must: • Stay home when sick. • Practise social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and cough etiquette. • Wear a mask in indoor settings where social distancing is not possible. • Follow public health guidance on travel and self-isolation. • Limit group sizes to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. • Vulnerable people, such as seniors, are encouraged to exercise additional caution. Additional sector-based guidance at the Caution Level follows. All activities require two metres of physical distancing except for brief exchanges, where masks are used, or if non-permeable barriers (e.g., Plexiglas) are in place. Public Health officials may place individual sectors, regions or facilities in an elevated response level. For more detailed guidance, including restrictions and recommendations for specific workplaces, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19. Travel • Non-essential travel outside of Manitoba is strongly discouraged. Exceptions exist for certain critical needs like health care and transporting important goods and services. • Fourteen days of self-isolation is required people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions except, western and northern Canada and northwest Ontario. Gatherings • Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. • Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted. • Larger group sizes will be allowed where distinct groups (cohorts) of 50 (indoors) or 100 (outdoors) can be separated to prevent contact with other groups. • For faith-based gatherings, powwows and other cultural and spiritual events, the site capacity will be a maximum of 30 per cent or 500 people, whichever is lower. Sub-groups or cohorts are not required.

Hospitals, personal care homes and long-term residential care • Two designated caregivers that are family or close friends with an established pattern of involvement may visit for any length of time. • General visitors are permitted indoors for shorter periods in certain situations with precautions. • Outdoor visits remain preferred and are only limited by the ability to maintain physical distancing. Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools • Kindergarten to Grade 8 students and students with special learning needs will participate in in-class learning five days per week. • Students in grades 9 to 12 will be in class to the greatest extent possible. Remote learning for high school students may vary from school to school, depending on the ability to physically distance including in classrooms, hallways and other areas. Post-secondary Institutions • Institutions may operate and may limit classroom size or offer online or remote learning to maintain physical distancing. Child Care • Family child-care homes and child-care centres may be able to open and work toward safely increasing their operations to full regular licensing capacity while still meeting directives outlined by public health. • Child-care centres will have maximum group sizes/cohorts within indoor settings of up to 30 people, including children and staff. Cohorts are allowed as long as there is a physical barrier or if at least four metres of space is maintained when a non-permeable barrier is not possible. Retail • Retail businesses may be able to open. However, they must ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Restaurants and Other Public Food Establishments, and Bars, Beverage Rooms, Brew Pubs, Micro-breweries and Distilleries • Businesses may fully operate within normal occupancy levels indoors and outdoors; however, there may not be self-service buffet services. • Measures must be put in place to ensure two-metre separation between tables and seating, or a temporary or permanent physical barrier. • Walk-up counter service is not generally permitted. Fitness Clubs, Gyms and Training Facilities • Fitness clubs, gyms and training facilities, martial arts, gymnastic clubs, yoga studios and dance, theatre and music schools must remain at occupancy levels of 50 per cent or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is less. Casinos • Facilities able to open with a maximum occupancy of 30 per cent of the site’s capacity, including staff. Sub-groups or cohorts are not required.


MBP is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other postsecondary institution or pursuing trades training. Completed applications and supporting documents are due Friday, November 6.

Pandemic Response System Moves to "Restricted" for Prairie Mountain Health Restrictions on Public Gatherings, Mandatory Masks Coming into Effect: Friesen (Province of Manitoba news release, August 21, 2020) Manitoba’s

public health officials have elevated the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Prairie Mountain Health region to Restricted (orange) effective immediately, with new measures being put in place help slow the spread of COVID-19, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“As part of the new Pandemic Response System, we are able to move quickly with specific, targeted measures for this region,” said Friesen. “Based on the recommendations of our public health experts, stronger restrictions are needed to put us back on track in this part of our province.” As of Monday, Aug. 24, masks will be mandatory in all public indoor places and at all indoor and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors. “These new steps are in direct response to the spread of the virus through large, family and other gatherings, which is why we are restricting gathering sizes and mandating masks in all indoor public settings," said Dr. Brent Roussin,

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “If public health begins to see other forms of transmission, additional steps may be required to contain the spread.”These restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks. Further direction or additional restrictions may be put in place by public health at any time. Enforcement will begin effective Aug. 24. As of Aug. 20, there were 217 COVID-19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region. When considered in combination with a number of other indicators announced as part of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, public health officials believe an increased response level is required to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Previous provisions in place for all other sectors in this region remain in place, however public health officials will be closely monitoring the situation should further restrictions be needed. The remainder of the province remains at Caution (yellow).

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Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring across much of the Prairie Mountain Health region. New clusters are occurring, but can be controlled through self-isolation, testing and contact tracing so they do not spread further. The health care system is currently able to manage COVID-19 case levels, however changes in restrictions and behaviours are required to prevent further level changes. Individuals in the Prairie Mountain Health region must: • Wear a mask in all indoor public places and at all public gatherings (indoor and outdoor). • Limit public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people indoors and outdoors. • Stay home when sick. • Practice social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and cough etiquette. • Follow public health guidance on travel and self-isolation. • Vulnerable people, such as seniors, are encouraged to exercise additional caution. Previous provisions in place for all other sectors in this region remain in place. Further direction or additional restrictions may put in place by public health at any time. The rest of Manitoba remains in the Caution (yellow) level. Public health officials may place the province or other regions or facilities in an elevated response level at any time. For more detailed guidance, visit www.manitoba.ca/restartmb.


Reminder: Province Conducting Online Public Engagement for Manitoba’s Agriculture Industry As a reminder, on August 4 the Manitoba government issued a news release announcing the launch of an online public engagement opportunity seeking feedback on a broad range of agricultural sector issues and opportunities from Manitoba’s producers and industry.

Manitoba’s agriculture industry continues to be export driven. The province wants to ensure that producers and processors have continued access to current and new market opportunities.

Innovation is becoming increasingly ingrained into the agriculture and agri-food sector. Technology has the “Engaging with farmers allows us to collect important capacity to prepare for and mitigate risk, address labour information and make informed decisions and shortages, improve animal health and welfare and build recommendations with my provincial and federal colleagues increased sustainability into the sector. Input from the across the country this October at the annual conference of public will help shape Manitoba’s capacity through the ministers of agriculture,” said Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen in making the use of Ag Action Manitoba programs. announcement. “We are committed to bringing the voices of COVID-19 has impacted all Manitobans as well as food farmers forward.” supply chains. Public input will help ensure the sector continues to be resilient in the face of future disruptions The news release stated as follows: and crisis. The province is seeking public input in four areas: business This engagement complements an in-person, week-long risk management, market opportunities, innovation and tour by the minister that included multiple stops in rural technology, and resiliency. Manitoba in an open dialogue format. Business risk management programs are important tools that To take part in the online engagement, visit https:// help producers manage their risk. For the past two years, producer feedback has suggested that existing programming is engagemb.ca/engaging-mb-ag-industry . not effective for some sectors, leading to federal and provincial The online public engagement will close Tuesday, Sept. 1. governments to explore changes.


Government of Canada announces plan to help support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery (Employment and Social Development Canada News release, August 20, 2020 )

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has put Canadians first, providing the support they need to continue to make ends meet while staying safe and healthy. As we gradually and safely restart our economy, the government is continuing to support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, today announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits that will better support all Canadians. They also announced that in preparation for this transition and to ensure support continues for Canadians whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. This means that for the many Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits at the end of August, they will now be able to access an additional month of support. When Canadians needed support the most, the government introduced the CERB, which helped more than 8.5 million people pay their bills during this challenging time. As we safely restart our economy, many of those Canadians will still need support while they continue to look for work. That is why the government will transition people who have been receiving the CERB to a more flexible and generous EI program for those who qualify, which will provide them additional features and tools to get back into the workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative impact on a worker’s weekly earnings, either because they lost their job or saw their hours of work reduced. To give Canadians seeking employment the support they need to get back on their feet, the government is making changes to the EI program. EI will now be available to more Canadians, including those who would not have qualified for EI in the past, adding more than 400,000 people into the program.Those receiving EI will be eligible for a taxable benefit rate of at least $400 per week, or $240 per week for extended parental benefits, and regular benefits will be accessible for a minimum duration of 26 weeks. The government will continue to work with provinces and territories to ensure Canadians receiving EI benefits have access to skills training and employment supports, to help them get back to work.

• The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support and who are available and looking for work. This benefit will support Canadians whose income has dropped or not returned due to COVID-19. The benefit will allow Canadians to earn more income while on claim as well as include links to Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service, with career planning tools for those seeking employment. In addition, the government will be working with provinces and territories to share information to ensure that Canadians have access to tools and training opportunities to successfully return to the workforce. • The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. • The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for: o a child under age 12 due to the closures of schools or daycares because of COVID-19. o a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19. o a child, a family member with a disability, or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19. The Government intends to introduce new legislation tosupport the implementation of the new benefits. By returning to the EI program, and introducing new complementary recovery benefits, we are ensuring Canadians have access to better supports that will help them through the next phase of our recovery. As we gradually and safely restart our economy, the Government of Canada will continue to put Canadians first, so we can move forward and build a Canada that works for everyone.

Quotes Canadians have shown tremendous strength in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we begin to safely reopen our economies and businesses, our government is committed to supporting Canadians. We are helping businesses and workers get back on The government will also freeze the EI insurance premium rates for their feet, while making sure Canadians have the income supports they need. Together, we will get through this, and build a stronger two years, so Canadian workers and businesses will not face Canada.” immediate increases to costs and payroll deductions due to the — The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and additional expenses resulting from the pandemic. Minister of Finance Additionally, to ensure Canadians receive the support they need during these challenging times, we are proposing implement three new benefits:

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Canfax Research Services is proud to present the Canadian Cow-calf Cost of Production Network (CDN COP Network) funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council and delivered with our provincial partners. The CDN COP Network will host 26 cow-calf producer focus groups across Canada to establish baseline cost of production statistics and develop future farm scenarios. This will provide national benchmarking data for the first time across Canada. Network information is now live for producers and the general public. Please check out our website: http:// www.canfax.ca/COPNetwork.aspx.

We’re actively recruiting participants for focus groups over the next several months and we want to encourage as many producers to sign-up as possible. We invite you to share our social media messages on your social media platforms and encourage you to engage with us to get the word out about this initiative. Producers can find additional information and sign-up at our website. Producers who sign-up and are selected to participate will receive a $500 honorarium. Selection will be based on several criteria identified in the intake form as producers are grouped based on: region, production systems, etc. Please contact crs@canfax.ca to answer any questions you may have.

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“At a time of great uncertainty, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit has provided millions of Canadians with the financial support they needed to get by. As we carefully and gradually reopen parts of our economy, we are transitioning to more nimble and flexible programs that will help get Canadians back to work, while ensuring we are able to quickly respond to any further labour market impacts due to the ongoing pandemic. We will get through these challenging times together and will not leave anyone behind in the process.” — The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion “Canadians have had to show incredible resiliency in the face of a global pandemic and the worst economic crisis of our generation. Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to supporting the health and safety of Canadians while the economy rebuilds. Since the earliest days of this crisis, the Canada Revenue Agency has made serving Canadians our priority. The CRA stands ready to help Canadians through this next phase by delivering the new Canada Recovery benefits.” —The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue Quick facts On April 6, the CERB was launched to help Canadians who had to stop working for reasons related to COVID-19, or who were eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits. On June 15, the CERB was extended by eight weeks, providing up to 24 weeks of benefits for those who still could not go back to work safely.

As of early August, 8.5 million individuals have benefitted from the CERB, and more than 4 million individuals have transitioned off the CERB and returned to work. Effective August 9, the government has established a minimum unemployment rate for the EI program of 13.1 per cent across Canada. The program will allow Canadians with 120 hours of insurable work or more to meet these new requirements by providing a temporary, one-time credit of 300 insurable hours for those claiming EI regular and work-sharing benefits. Canadians claiming EI special benefits – including maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care, and family caregiver – they will be provided with a temporary, one-time credit of 480 insurable hours. The CRB, CRSB, and CRCB will be in effect for one year, following the end of CERB payments. Canadians will be able to apply for these benefits through the Canada Revenue Agency. More details on how Canadians can get ready to apply will be available in the coming weeks at www.canada.ca/coronavirus. Canadians should note that CERB payments are made in advance for pay periods, while EI and the new benefits are paid in arrears. More details will be communicated to Canadians shortly. The government is also implementing temporary measures to support selfemployed fish harvesters who rely on EI fishing benefits in the off-season. These measures will allow EI fishing benefits for these workers to be calculated using either their fishing earnings for their current claim, or their fishing earnings from their claim for the same season from the previous year, whichever is higher. As the Province of Quebec delivers maternity, paternity, parental, and adoption benefits through the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, Quebec residents are not eligible for the measures relating to maternity and parental benefits. Quebec residents would be eligible for the new measures relating to EI regular, fishing, sickness, family caregiver, or compassionate care benefits. They would also be eligible for the three new recovery benefits. For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/ news/2020/08/government-of-canada-announces-plan-to-help-supportcanadians-through-the-next-phase-of-the-recovery.html


News Release Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program announces 2020 finalists August 18, 2020 Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2020-2021 program year. The final selection took place through a virtual event held on August 10, 2020, where 24 semi-finalists from across Canada competed for a spot in the CYL program through judged roundtable discussions. The finalists will be awarded a $2,000 travel budget and be paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a ninemonth mentorship in their specific area of interest. Through the virtual selections event, the semi-finalists participated in roundtable discussions by breaking off into smaller virtual meetings each facilitated and judged by CYL Foundation Partners, Cargill, McDonald’s Canada and MNP, and Gold Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada and New Holland. They participated in thought provoking discussions about timely topics in the beef industry such as the COVID19 pandemic, sustainability, adopting precision agriculture technology, financial and operational metrics, increasing beef consumption, and more. Congratulations to all the semi-finalists who attended the virtual selections and did a tremendous job showcasing their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry. The CYL Program is also grateful for the continuous support of Foundation Partner, Zoetis. The 2020 finalists in no particular order are: • British Columbia: Andrea van Iterson (Westwold), and Laura Code (Vernon) •

Alberta: Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Dave Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton)

Saskatchewan: Scott Gerbrandt (Swift Current) and Matt Hildebrandt (Rosthern)

Manitoba: Sarah Jensen (Arborg) and Laura Plett (Stead)

Ontario: Charlene Yungblut (Thorold) and Grace Kuhl (Keady)

Prince Edward Island: Greg Stavert (Freetown)

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


The 2020-2021 program year will have a slightly different look as the 2020 finalists will be joining the 2019 CYL program participants whose time in the program has been extended by one year due to COVID-19. We look forward to the additional opportunities this will provide CYLs to connect with like-minded young people from across Canada passionate about the success of the beef industry. Read more: 2019 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program year extended This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of the CYL Program which has seen over 120 graduates since the program was founded in 2010. A special anniversary celebration was hosted at the virtual Canadian Beef Industry Conference on August 11, 2020. About the CYL Program The CYL Program is a national initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which provides young people ages 18-35 with industry specific training and mentorship opportunities. Through networking, travel and mentorship, participants are equipped with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry in the future.

For further information, please contact: Jessica Giles Youth Leadership Coordinator Canadian Cattlemen’s Association gilesj@cattle.ca 403-336-2146 www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


August 28, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Government Updates Requirements for Self-Isolation re: COVID-19

(August 27, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The following is an excerpt from the news release updating the requirements for Manitobans to selfisolate for 14 days if they have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to it by a close contact.

Effective Aug. 28, public health orders will require Manitobans to self-isolate for 14 days if: • they have tested positive for COVID-19; or • they have been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact. Individuals will be notified by a public health official if self-isolation is required. Once notified, the person must go to their residence or an approved self-isolation location and remain there for 14 days, or until they are directed otherwise by a public health official. Exceptions will be made for in-person appointments with health care providers. However, if an individual leaves their home, they must wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and minimize the time away from their self-isolation location. Failure to self-isolate in accordance with public health advice is a violation of the order and is enforceable

under The Public Health Act. Individuals could be subject to fines for non-compliance.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask. Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/ covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

MBP is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Completed applications and supporting documents are due November 6.


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Manitoba Government Enhances Back to Work Wage Subsidy Program (August 26, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release) The

Manitoba government is enhancing its Back to Work program to support more Manitoba businesses in bringing back their employees to increase their operations and the services provided throughout the province, Premier Brian Pallister announced.

amount of subsidized employees to 20, the maximum level of financial support available to employers increases from $50,000 to $100,000.

“As we learn to live with COVID-19, our government continues to look for safe opportunities to get Manitobans back to work,” said Pallister. “Many businesses are adapting and finding ways to operate safely and offer services that “The Back to Work Manitoba Initiative is a key component as we continue to reopen our communities Manitobans rely on, and we want to support them as they and safely restart our recovery,” said Pallister. “Nearly rebuild to pre-pandemic staffing levels.” 40,000 Manitobans are looking to get back to work and back up on their feet. To meet additional demand The premier noted the Back to Work Manitoba Initiative has received applications from 445 employers for 2,429 and support employers to hire and bring back more employees and over $12 million in financial supports, as of staff, we are doubling the number of employees Aug. 25. Nearly 40 per cent of employers accessing wage eligible for a wage subsidy.” subsidies have applied for the maximum ten employees. In the restaurant and hospitality industry, almost two-thirds of As part of #RestartMB, Manitoba’s roadmap to applicants have maximized their subsidy for 10 hires. recovery, the Back to Work Manitoba Initiative supports the province’s economic recovery by encouraging private sector or non-profit employers to The program is open to applicants of the Summer Student Recovery Jobs program and Back to Work This Summer bring back laid-off employees or make new hires. The program will reimburse 50 per cent of wage costs (up Program to make any additional hires. However, positions already receiving funding through other federal or provincial to $5,000) per employee hired or re-hired between government programs are ineligible. July 16 and Oct. 31, 2020. The enhanced program will now allow businesses, notfor-profit organizations or charities to receive a subsidy for another 10 full or part-time employees, in addition to the current total of 10. By doubling the

The application deadline is Oct. 1. Employers will be required to provide proof of payment of wages by Jan. 4, 2021. Program details and the application form are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/mbtwp.html.

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Mask Use Mandated at Manitoba Hospitals and Health Centres Effective September 1 (August 24, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release) Visitors to

all health-care facilities will soon be required to wear nonmedical masks as part of the province’s continuing efforts to implement targeted measures to protect Manitobans and limit the spread of COVID-19, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced. “Our government is committed to taking all appropriate steps to protect the health of Manitobans as we continue to learn to live with this virus,” said Friesen. “As we move towards the fall, additional proactive and preventative measures are needed to ensure the risk of exposure to this virus is minimized for patients and our dedicated front-line clinical staff who care for them.” All visitors arriving at health-care facilities will be required to wear a non-medical mask to be permitted into the site. The requirement, which takes effect province-wide on Sept. 1, also extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province. While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care, said Friesen. This requirement is already in place in the Prairie Mountain Health region, where the use of masks is mandatory in all indoor public places as the region is currently listed as Restricted (orange) under the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. “Wearing masks provides additional protection for people, particularly in indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer.

“Wearing masks in hospitals and health centres will ensure we are all doing what we can to protect ourselves and others from this virus.” Visitors are asked to arrive at facilities with their own nonmedical mask. Those who do not have a mask will be notified of locations where they may be purchased. In certain circumstances, they will be provided with one. The policy expands upon a requirement already in place for more than a month at personal care homes, where visitors are mandated to wear non-medical masks during indoor visits. It also builds on a number of initiatives implemented since the start of the pandemic to protect patients and staff at Manitoba healthcare facilities from COVID-19, including: • appropriate use of personal protective equipment; • enhanced visitor restrictions; • routine deep cleans of clinical departments, including examination and waiting rooms; • daily screening of staff prior to the start of their shifts; and • implementation of the single-site staffing model at personal care homes. Friesen noted the non-medical mask requirement does not apply to children under the age of two, as well as those with an underlying medical condition that may inhibit their ability to wear a mask. For more information on inpatient visitation principles, visit: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-inpatient-visitprinciples.pdf. For more information on visitation principles for long-term care facilities, visit: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-pchvisitation-principles.pdf.


Canfax Research Services is proud to present the Canadian Cow-calf Cost of Production Network (CDN COP Network) funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council and delivered with our provincial partners. The CDN COP Network will host 26 cow-calf producer focus groups across Canada to establish baseline cost of production statistics and develop future farm scenarios. This will provide national benchmarking data for the first time across Canada. Network information is now live for producers and the general public. Please check out our website: http:// www.canfax.ca/COPNetwork.aspx.

We’re actively recruiting participants for focus groups over the next several months and we want to encourage as many producers to sign-up as possible. We invite you to share our social media messages on your social media platforms and encourage you to engage with us to get the word out about this initiative. Producers can find additional information and sign-up at our website. Producers who sign-up and are selected to participate will receive a $500 honorarium. Selection will be based on several criteria identified in the intake form as producers are grouped based on: region, production systems, etc. Please contact crs@canfax.ca to answer any questions you may have.

2019 Farmland School Tax Rebate Application Deadline Approaching The Farmland School Tax Rebate (FSTR) was implemented in 2004 to support the rural economy by providing Manitoba farmland owners with school tax relief. The rebate percentage has increased from 33% in 2004 to 80% in 2019. Landowners are required to submit an annual application to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). Once you are registered with MASC and receive a rebate, you will receive a pre-populated application form (electronic or paper) the following year. Pre-printed 2019 applications have now been mailed to those who received a rebate in 2018. If this is your first time applying for the rebate, application forms and additional information are available below. Deadline Extension (COVID-19) The deadline to return completed and signed Farmland School Tax Rebate applications for the 2019 property tax year to MASC has been extended to the earlier of September 21, 2020 or the end of the State of Emergency associated with COVID-19.

Your 2019 property taxes, any penalties or interest charges, and CLPA lease fees must be paid in full by the earlier of September 21, 2020 or the end of the State of Emergency associated with COVID-19. Existing FSTR clients can now complete and submit their Farmland School Tax Rebate application online with the myMASC function on the MASC website. See: https://www.masc.mb.ca/masc.nsf/ program_farmland_school_tax_rebate.html Note: The online application submission feature is not available for first-time FSTR applicants. First-time applicants are required to submit a paper copy of their application form to an MASC office for processing.



September 4, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Announces Public Engagement on Possible Rural Crime and Metal Theft Legislation (August 31, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from the public on proposed measures to combat rural crime and metal theft through a new online questionnaire, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced. “Our government is committed to keeping Manitobans safe wherever they live,” said Cullen. “It will be critical to consult with law enforcement on this issue, but we want to hear from people in rural, northern and remote areas, as well as other Manitobans, about their experiences with crime, so we can ensure the justice system responds to their needs.” The minister noted the province is considering whether to adopt legislation from other provinces to improve Manitoba’s trespass and occupiers’ liability laws and discourage stolen metal sales. This could include amendments to The Petty Trespass Act, to ensure the law is easier to enforce and to prevent confrontations between landowners and trespassers, and to The Occupiers Liability Act to ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. Manitoba Justice will also engage with several key stakeholders about proposed changes, including law enforcement agencies, municipalities, agricultural organizations, business groups and Indigenous leadership.

“Community safety and crime prevention are among the top priorities of Manitoba municipalities, and local councils have been ringing the alarm on increasing rural crime rates,” said Ralph Groening, president, Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “We commend the provincial government for seeking feedback from rural Manitoba to help combat rural crime and protect Manitobans in partnership with municipal officials and stakeholders.” The province will also consider amendments to The Animal Diseases Act to support food safety on Manitoba farms. Manitobans are invited to provide feedback on potential legislation that would enhance biosecurity and reduce hazards at food production premises with livestock or other animals. “Agriculture and food production is an important part of Manitoba’s economy and is a vital contributor to the health and wellbeing of people,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “Our goal is to ensure that food produced in Manitoba is safe for human consumption and that food safety will never be compromised.” Manitobans can provide their feedback through the public engagement questionnaire https://engagemb.ca until Oct. 31.

MBP is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Completed applications and supporting documents are due November 6.


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Manitoba's Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Stubble burning restrictions Manitoba's crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Conservation and Climate. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office or visit manitoba.ca.

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Federal Government Announces Greater Flexibility and Extension of Canada Emergency Business Account (August 31, 2020 Department of Finance Canada News Release)

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy but they continue to face economic challenges and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is extended from August 31 to October 31, 2020. The government is working closely with financial institutions to make the CEBA program available to those with qualifying payroll or non-deferrable expenses that have so far been unable to apply due to not operating from a business banking account. Further details on these changes will be released in coming days, including a new business account opening process through which qualifying businesses will be able to apply. The Deputy Prime Minister is also announcing that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021. Through BCAP, the government is supporting the flow of additional credit that businesses need to maintain operations and keep employees on the payroll. Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will continue to work with lenders to support access to capital for Canadian businesses of all sizes in all sectors and regions. CEBA and BCAP are both part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is helping Canadians and businesses deal with the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. The measures under this plan are helping businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, keep their doors open, and bounce back as the economy gradually recovers.

Quick facts • Launched on April 9, 2020, CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and notfor-profits, to help cover their operating costs—such as rent, utilities and insurance—during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. These loans are partially forgivable as repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). • To qualify for CEBA, applicants must continue to meet either the payroll eligibility criteria or they must demonstrate a minimum of $40,000 in eligible nondeferrable expenses. In addition to requiring a business account, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will still need to show that they meet the following CEBA eligibility requirements: a Canada Revenue Agency business number; a 2018 or 2019 tax return; and eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million, after taking into consideration other federal COVID-related supports. • As of August 27, 2020, more than 730,000 CEBA loans have been approved, representing more than $29 billion in credit disbursed. • To apply for CEBA or to learn more about the program, businesses can contact their primary financial institution. Information can also be found on the program’s website. • CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada (EDC), which is working closely with Canadian financial institutions to deliver the loans to their existing business banking customers. • The Business Credit Availability Program is comprised of BDC’s Co-lending Program for SMEs, and its Mid Market Financing Program, and EDC’s Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as its Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program which will be launching soon. • For more information go to: Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)


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Province Provides Update on Dam at Rivers

(September 1, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

Manitoba Infrastructure is advising the water level at the dam at Rivers on the Little Saskatchewan River is at the crest of the spillway and the spillway has essentially stopped flowing water. Water is flowing through the conduit at approximately 175 cubic feet per second. A thick film of algae is currently preventing a detailed inspection of the spillway including the concrete walls, slabs and joints. Manitoba Infrastructure anticipates being able to complete a full inspection of the dam in approximately two weeks once the spillway can be cleaned thoroughly.

Manitoba’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre advises that there is moderate precipitation in the forecast over the next week in the Rivers area, but it is not expected to have a significant effect on the water levels of Lake Wahtopanah. Manitoba Infrastructure will reach out to local governments in the area to advise of any projected changes to water levels on Lake Wahtopanah and the downstream portions of the Little Saskatchewan and Assiniboine rivers.


Province Provides Restoring Safe Schools Information Package for Students, Parents and Educators (September 2, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has prepared a number of informational materials for students, parents and teachers as they prepare for a safe and informed return to the classroom, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced. “We have developed a Restoring Safe Schools information package to help address the most frequently asked questions and areas of concerns, and grouped the answers for easy access,” said Goertzen. “We commend teachers and staff who are returning to schools this week to make schools and classrooms as COVID-19 safe as possible for students returning on Sept. 8.” The province has prepared information with a focus on the fundamentals of learning and working around COVID-19 including:

• Parent Guide – providing what parents and guardians can expect when school resumes; • Mask Use Guide – providing information on the use of masks in school and on buses, when you put them on, what happens when they are soiled and other tips; • Easy Reference for Parents to the Pandemic Response Notification System – providing parents with a simple understanding of how changes in their school’s COVID response level will effect their day-to-day school routines; • COVID-19 Screening Questions – a tool for parents and schools to screen for signs and symptoms; and • COVID-19 in Schools and Early Learning and Child Care Centres – providing guidance on cases of COVID-19 in schools and child-care centres. The materials will be online at www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/ index.html and printed versions will be available for distribution where appropriate. Information will be updated as required throughout the school year.

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Manitoba Hydro Update re: Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project: Loud noises? Don't be alarmed Starting on September 7, 2020, crews will be working on the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. As part of the work, Manitoba Hydro will be de-energizing the transmission line to allow us to work safely while we clean up sites and fix minor construction deficiencies. We anticipate that work will be completed by September 30, 2020.

Manitoba Hydro will follow the access management plan when accessing sites. Crews will be using helicopters for some of the work.

We’ll be using implosion sleeves in areas from Vivian to the Manitoba– Minnesota border. To learn more, watch our video Using Implosion Sleeves to Splice Conductor on YouTube.

Part of the work involves fusing electrical connections together. To do that, we use an implosion sleeve. It’s a safe and effective way to create a permanent, high quality connection between two separate connections.

Contact us • Email Manitoba–Minnesota Transmission Project. • Phone 204-360-7888 or toll-free 1-877-343-1631. • Visit our project website.

An implosion sleeve makes a loud noise and flash similar to a firework. If you hear or see one, don’t panic — it’s probably just us.



September 11, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Province Renews Nine Emergency Measures Act Orders As Part Of COVID-19 Response

(September 10, 2020 Government of Manitoba news release) As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manitoba government has renewed a number of orders under the Emergency Measures Act to help individuals, business and government cope with challenges presented by the pandemic and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The orders being renewed until March/April 2021 include: • Manitoba Conservation and Climate – a regulatory change will see the extension of certifications for operators of water and wastewater facilities, ensuring there is adequate staffing for the safe operation of the facilities. • Manitoba Education – a new order will support the use of and transition to electronic meetings with the temporary suspension of the requirement for trustees to physically attend a school board meeting at least once every three months under The Public Schools Act continues. General public health guidelines suggest limiting inperson meetings and the extended order helps reduce the requirement for travel in northern and remote communities. • Manitoba Families – two temporary suspension orders will be combined into one order regarding Temporary Suspension of Youth in Care Provisions and the Temporary Suspension of Social Services and Child Care Provisions. As well, relief of the Foster Homes Licensing Regulation and the Child Care Facilities (Other than Foster Homes) Licensing Regulation will be provided through a regulatory change. These provisions provide better outcomes for youth exiting care during these unprecedented times and allows nursery schools to continue operating under temporary models. • Manitoba Finance – one of the extensions will allow for the continued use of video conferencing to witness the signing of documents under subsections of The Homesteads Act and The Real Property Act.

This temporary suspension of in-person commissioning and witnessing requirements provides a way for someone in isolation to sign documents safely. The temporary suspension of the requirement for in-person corporate meetings for condominium corporations, co-operatives, corporations and credit unions continues providing the option for required meetings to be held, notified of and voted on electronically until March 31, 2021. • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living – The Personal Care Home (PCH) Staffing and Work Deployment order will continue to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting staff from working in more than one PCH. As well, the continued temporary suspension of in-person commissioning and witnessing requirement provides a way for someone in isolation to sign documents safely related to health-care directives. • Manitoba Justice – the extension will allow for the continued use of video conferencing to witness the signing of documents under The Manitoba Evidence Act, The Powers of Attorney Act and The Wills Act. The temporary suspension of the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) credential provision is extended until No. 15, 2020. The extension continues to temporarily waive credential requirements for Manitoba carriers traveling to IFTA jurisdictions. Waiving this provision also helps Manitoba carriers bringing food, medical supplies and others goods into and out of the province.

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For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Emergency order - continued from page 1 OOrders not being renewed include: • Manitoba Finance - under the Residential Tenancies branch, provisions will end related to non-urgent evictions, the suspension of hearings for non-urgent orders of possession, late fees for non-payment of rent and freezing rent increases. All of these provisions will be repealed, effective Oct. 1. The changes allow landlords to begin proceedings for evictions against tenants for non-payment of rent and other nonurgent issues. They will also be able to begin charging late fees on rent that is not paid on time on that date or later, but cannot charge fees on rent that was overdue while the suspension was in place. Rent increases cannot be applied or charged retroactively for the period that the rent freeze was in place.

• Manitoba Economic, Development and Training – the suspension of Manitoba Student Aid loans repayments will end Sept. 30. The Manitoba government will continue working to help reduce the financial burden on post secondary students during the COVID-199 pandemic. A more detailed list of orders to be extended or not renewed as they are no longer needed or relevant can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html

Manitoba Government Announces Disaster Financial Assistance Program (Government of Manitoba News Release, September 11, 2020) The Manitoba government will provide disaster financial assistance (DFA) for three high water/weather-related events that hit the province earlier this year, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“High water issues started in the spring and the response focused on the Red River Valley,” said Schuler. “Excessive rain events hit two areas of the province in early June and then again at the end of June into early July, creating overland flooding issues. We are able to provide disaster financial assistance programs for all three.” The provincial Hydrologic Forecast Centre identified a potential high water situation in the Red River Valley for spring 2020, during the event both the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion were activated. Provincial operations focused on the Red River Valley ring dike communities and included pumping, completing partial ring dike closures and ramping of roads for continued community access. The southeast area of the province received heavy rains from June 6 to 10, with some areas recording almost 200 millimetres of rain within three days. overland flooding was reported in the rural municipalities (RM) of De Salaberry, Piney, Reynolds, La Broquerie and Stuartburn, as well as the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin. Another heavy rain event occurred June 28 to July 5 in western and southern Manitoba, impacting the communities of Minnedosa, Rapid City and Rivers as the rain-swollen Little

Saskatchewan River made its way to the Assiniboine River. The heavy precipitation was a one-in-1,000-year rain event resulting in the province losing confidence in the provincial dam near Rivers. Recommendations were shared with municipalities to evacuate a limited number of properties as a precaution. The Portage Diversion was activated from July 2 to 9, to limit water flow in the lower Assiniboine River. Heavy precipitation in the upstream watershed of the Whitemud River caused a significant rise in levels along the river, exceeding 2011 levels. Ten municipalities declared a state of local emergency and 20 municipalities were impacted by heavy rain. “Manitobans are always encouraged to check their insurance policies first, then consider a DFA program application,” said Schuler. “The DFA program should be used as a last resort.” DFA programs provide provincial assistance for certain disaster-related losses when a widespread natural disaster strikes and creates an unreasonable financial burden. Assistance is generally provided for recovery needs of local governments, occupied private residential properties, farms, small business and some not-for-profit organizations. “We are pleased to be able to offer these programs even at a time when COVID-19 is consuming an enormous amount of provincial resources,” said Schuler. “Preliminary estimates show at least two of the programs will be substantial enough for potential cost-sharing with the federal government through the federal disaster financial assistance arrangements.” The DFA application deadline for local authorities and those in the private sector is Dec. 10.

Applications due November 6


Manitoba's Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Stubble burning restrictions Manitoba's crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Conservation and Climate. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office or visit manitoba.ca.

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$134-Million Interprovincial Agreement Renewed For Western College of Veterinary Medicine (September 9, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

Three provincial governments announced the renewal of their financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

communicate admissions’ priorities so they are in step with each province’s labour-market needs.”

British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark said, “There is an increasing demand for veterinarians and veterinary research across Western Canada. This The Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan agreement helps us focus on equipping students from the western governments’ agreement with the University of provinces with the expertise to return and practise in their home Saskatchewan provides over $134 million to the Western communities, where they are in demand.” College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for the next five years. University of Saskatchewan Interim Provost and Vice-president Academic Melissa Just said, “The WCVM is built on collaboration, The agreement helps to ensure that Western Canada has and its people and programs strengthen the University of a steady supply of veterinarians with in-depth knowledge Saskatchewan’s impact in everything from agriculture and animal of animal health and public health, as well as an health to comparative medicine and public health. We’re excited to awareness of the standards and issues facing livestock, see what it will achieve with the renewed support of its provincial fowl and fisheries producers, and pet owners. partners and our university.” “The Manitoba government is pleased to renew our commitment to training in veterinary medicine and continue our long-standing partnership that provides high-quality education and training opportunities to Manitobans and helps meet labour market demand across the province,” said Manitoba Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. “This is an important investment in Manitoba’s agriculture sector that aligns with needs under the Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy. We need good veterinarians in place to help us practise safe animal welfare and keep growing animal agriculture in Manitoba.”

The WCVM is the premier centre of veterinary education, research and expertise in Western Canada and a key member of Canada's veterinary, public health and food safety networks. The internationally accredited facility includes a veterinary medical centre, a provincial diagnostic laboratory and large-scale research facilities.

Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education Tina Beaudry-Mellor said, “Ensuring that educational opportunities meet labour-market expectations is a Growth Plan priority for our government. This agreement allows Saskatchewan, and our partner provinces, to

Note: According to the aforementioned video, the Manitoba government is providing $32 million over the next five years as part of the agreement. This will continue to provide 15 Manitoba students with a spot in the program each year.

The college’s new interprovincial agreement is in place until 2025. Find video greetings from Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and University of Saskatchewan representatives at https://wcvm.usask.ca/ipa.php.


Guidelines for Canadian Cattle Sales in 2020 (UPDATED) Updated: September 1, 2020

For those hosting sales o limit attendance to comply with provincial and regional health regulations o signage should be posted at the entrance and in high-traffic areas within the facility, clearly displaying guidelines and protocols for attendance. o consider a sign-in process with contact information including cell numbers to track sale attendees o where possible, make internet or phone bidding available o have the cattle available for viewing prior to the sale o consider online photos and videos for those who are not able to view in person o restrict general public access on sale day o seating in sale ring area must be clearly marked, accommodating physical distancing requirements o international and out of province visitors should be advised to take extra precautions o avoid contact (do not shake hands) and maintain a social distance of 6-feet o provide hand sanitizer and disposable masks to attendees o request the use of masks in common areas such as the sale ring area o if food is provided, serve in individual packages and avoid buffet style o sanitize workstations and eating areas including special attention to places and equipment shared by more than one person on a regular basis.

For those purchasing cattle and attending sales o do not attend sales without an serious intention to purchase o do not attend a sale if you are sick with even mild symptoms o do not bring additional family members with you especially school-age children, one person per farm operation is recommended o refrain from entering areas that are marked as restricted or for employees only o avoid contact and maintain a 6-foot physical distance, consider bringing your own mask to wear in common areas or where physical distancing is not possible o consider phone or online bidding when available o where possible view cattle ahead of the sale in person or online o wash your hands thoroughly and frequently We recognize this is an important time for producers. By working together and through good preparation we will keep our families, customers and employees safe. These are recommendations of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Livestock Markets Association of Canada; made through consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada website found here. This is not an exhaustive list and businesses should stay up to date on their government recommendations and regional requirements.


Protecting the safety of agri-food workers through the Emergency Processing Fund (September 4, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release) The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of

Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Exceldor Cooperative in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, to announce a number of initial projects funded under the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund.

The Emergency Processing Fund is focused on projects to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities.

Quotes "Workers in the agri-food sector, in particular those working in meat processing, have faced many challenges throughout this pandemic and the Government has been there to support them. Ensuring the safety of these essential workers is key to continue providing safe, high quality food for all Canadians." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"The support announced by the federal government today was expected and is much appreciated. Despite the many challenges related to COVID-19 in recent months, we have been able to remain present in order to continue to feed Nationally, a total of 32 projects have been approved so far, Canadians. I would like to thank all of our employees who take for up to $10.54 million in funding. Funding has helped their work to heart and who are still at their jobs despite the businesses purchase reusable PPE, sanitation stations and circumstances. We continue to be committed to providing a protective barriers, make adjustments to production lines to work environment that is adapted to the current pandemic enable social distancing, develop additional training and conditions, and thus adopt other measures that help safeguard employees from protecting the health of all our employees." COVID-19. All remaining projects are currently being - RenÊ Proulx, President and CEO, Exceldor Cooperative assessed and will be finalized in the coming weeks. Quick facts Minister Bibeau made the announcement while visiting the • The Emergency Processing Fund will help food Exceldor Cooperative plant that will receive up to $262,500 processors implement measures to protect the health to purchase reusable personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety of workers and their families in response to and install equipment to ensure social distancing of staff at the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also support facility the facility. upgrades and help strengthen Canada's food supply. The Government of Canada will continue working with food processors to ensure the well-being of essential workers in food processing plants across Canada while strengthening the resilience of our food supply chain.


Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup 2020 news Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup was to have celebrated their 13th Annual weekend on August Long weekend 2020. Due to COVID-19 the Roundup committee decided to have a workshop on How to take cattle photos with Morgan Ilg. The competitions were: Photography and Graphic Marketing. Exhibitors Blake Airey, Chase Airey, Brogan Birmingham, Taylor Carlson, Dylan Frey, Reegan Frey Kyleigh Magotiaux, Katherine Possberg, Madisyn Robertson, and Alaina Verwey participated in the events. Everyone will get a Roundup 2020 award for their efforts and you can view the photos and marketing items on the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup facebook page and our website https:// mbyouthbeefroundup.weebly.com. Thanks to our evaluators, Morgan llg and Jill Harvie. Along with the competitions, there are some interesting facts of Canada Beef on our Facebook page. In 2020, Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup will award two scholarships: $1000 to Taylor Carlson of Elm Creek Taylor will be attending Lakeland College to study Animal Science Technology with a Beef Science Major. Taylor has been a 4-H member since she was 8 years old and very active in the 4-H program, the Manitoba Director on the Canadian Junior Shorthorn Board, Sunday school teacher and currently Co President of the Student Council to name a few. Taylor has attended Roundup for the past seven years and currently is a director on the MYBR board. Along with owning her own Shorthorn cattle she is also very passionate about Ag vocation, an educational Livestock Display that her family has created to share the truth about animal agriculture.

$500 to Levi Best of Harding Levi will be attending Apprenticeship Manitoba in specializing in welding for three years. Levi has attended Roundup the last 12 years and is involved in the Manitoba beef industry with his own herd of Angus cattle. Levi grew up in the 4-H program in Rivers 4-H Beef and in 2019 was the President of the Manitoba Junior Angus Association. Levi keeps busy with welding and his LB Custom Clipping. Congratulations to these two enthusiastic young cattle producers. Looking forward to Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup 2021. Keep up to date with our Roundup happenings on our Facebook and website pages.


September 18, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Provincial Government Hosting Virtual Environmental Farm Plan Workshops The following information is from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environment/events-and-deadlines/

Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire (204) 697-1140. Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via GoTo Meeting until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, contact Tami Watson (204) 239-3352 or tamara.watson@gov.mb.ca. Once registered, arrangements will be made to provide you with the EFP workbooks and support material needed for the workshop.

Applications due November 6


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Forage Ammoniation Workshop

Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the quality of poor value forages to better feed your cattle. Watch an infield demonstration on how to properly ammoniate low quality forages to improve your winter feed supplies.

Date:

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time:

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Place:

Bruce Sneesby’s farm ½ mile north of corner of #16 + # 50 highway (5 miles west of Westbourne)

Agenda 1:30 p.m.

Safe handling of anhydrous ammonia Robert Blair, Shur-Gro

2:00 p.m.

Doing the math for different ways to feed cattle Greg Fedak, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

2:30 p.m.

Pros and cons of ammoniating forages- how much will the feed value improve on straw, wild hay and other low quality forages? Tim Clarke, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

3:00 p.m.

From 0-82 all you need to know on how to set up to ammoniatestacking, covering and injecting. Gordon Delichte producer and Shawn Cabak Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development For more information, call the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Office in Portage la Prairie at 204-239-3353.


Prairie Mountain Health region will be lowered to the COVID-19 caution level (yellow) According to a September 17, 2020 COVID-19 Bulletin from the Province of Manitoba: Starting Friday, Sept. 18, the Prairie Mountain Health region will be lowered to the COVID-19 caution level (yellow), according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This is in response to an improved situation in the region. Masks are strongly recommended but not required and public gatherings will be limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Public health officials continue to monitor all the regions with increased cases closely to determine if additional restrictions are necessary. Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household.

If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask. Wearing a reusable non-medical mask does not protect the person wearing the mask, but may help protect the people around them. For a mask to be effective, it must be worn properly or it will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Helpful guidance on wearing a mask can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ updates/prepareandprevent.html#collapse3. Unless recommended by Public Health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials. The online assessment tool can be found at https:// sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ updates/about.html#collapse4. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Province Issues Tender For New Bridge Over Floodway On PTH 59 (September 15, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is moving forward with the tendering process for a new bridge on Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 59 over the Red River Floodway, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced. “Our governments’ priority is safety; this bridge is 56 years old, deteriorating and requires replacement as it has exceeded its original design service life,” said Schuler. “Over 17,000 vehicles cross this bridge daily and we need to ensure the safe movement of both people and goods can continue.” The bridge on PTH 59 over the Red River Floodway was constructed in 1964, and serves as a vital link to many Manitoban destinations such as Birds Hill Provincial Park, Whiteshell and Grand Beach, as well as a link to First Nations communities and several towns and villages. The bridge is a connection to the city of Winnipeg and other areas in Manitoba, and acts as an important trade corridor for goods and services. On July 12, 2018, the bridge suffered an over-height vehicle collision. Immediately following the incident, Manitoba

Infrastructure inspected the bridge and determined the damaged girder and a portion of the deck needed to be removed. Removal of these sections prevented further damage and allowed for re-opening of the Oasis Road under the bridge. A public information session on the bridge replacement was held last May to inform the public of the design work, with construction to begin this fall. North and southbound bridges will be built to replace the existing structure and roadway realignments will take place. In addition, the bridge replacement will have an increased clearance of 1.5 metres in height to meet new floodway standards. Construction will be staged to accommodate the operation of the Red River Floodway and is anticipated to be completed and fully open to traffic by fall of 2023, the minister added. “We are excited to be moving ahead with the new PTH 59 bridge. This is a much-needed investment in critical infrastructure as we work to restart Manitoba’s economy,” the minister said.


Manitoba's Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Stubble burning restrictions Manitoba's crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Conservation and Climate. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office or visit manitoba.ca.

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Highlights from August 2020 Water Availability and Drought Conditions Report Several times a year Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development issues a Water Availability and Drought Conditions Report. The following are some highlights from the August 2020 edition of the report. Precipitation conditions over the past month, three month, and twelve month periods are as follows: • During August, large regions of moderately (60 to 85 % of median) to extremely (< 40 %) dry conditions were observed throughout the Interlake and in the central and southwest regions, while the remainder of agri-Manitoba observed normal (85 – 115 %) to above normal (> 115 %) precipitation. Northern Manitoba observed normal to above normal precipitation except for a region surrounding Churchill that was moderately dry. • Over the past three months (June, July, August), much of agri-Manitoba observed normal or above normal rainfall amounts. However, regions of moderately dry conditions were observed in parts of the Interlake, central, and southwest regions. In northern Manitoba, conditions were above normal. • Over the past 12 months, much of the northwest and Interlake regions observed moderately dry precipitation conditions, while conditions across the remainder of agri-Manitoba and in northern Manitoba were generally normal to above normal. • The August 31, 2020 Canadian Drought Monitor assessment showed abnormally dry conditions (D0) extending across most of agri-Manitoba, including the southwest, northwest, Interlake and central regions. A region of moderate drought (D1) conditions was located in the south Interlake.

• Reservoirs are generally at or close to full supply levels and there are currently no concerns over reservoir water supplies. Dugout water levels and quality are poor in some regions. • As of August 30, 2020, the majority of agriManitoba was experiencing optimal to wet soil moisture conditions at 0 - 120 cm depth. However, the regions surrounding Birch River, Pipe Lake, Eden, Alonsa, Forrest, Virden, Shilo, Pierson, Treherne, Winkler, Moosehorn, Eriksdale, Narcisse, Lake Francis, Marchand and Menisino showed dry to very dry conditions. • Late-season dryness together with high heat has prompted premature ripening in some soybean and corn fields where soil moisture was inadequate. Due to dry conditions, forage shortages are anticipated in some regions. To read the report in its entirety, go to: https:// gov.mb.ca/water/drought_condition/index.html This site also allows people to view the drought indicators interactively on the Drought Indicator Map tab and access surface water and groundwater percentile plots. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada also produces an Agroclimate National Risk Report which provides information on the regional agroclimate conditions, risks, and impacts across Canada. Reports are produced on a bi-weekly basis. See: https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/ agriculture-and-climate/drought-watch/agroclimatenational-risk-report-for-period-august-18-toseptember-1-2020/?id=1572266554332


News Release The Canadian Beef Industry is setting ambitious long-term goals Greenhouse gas, land use and biodiversity, and animal care goals announced today

September 16, 2020 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef industry is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring the health and viability of both the land and animals under the care of farmers and ranchers. Building upon five-year goals that were outlined in the 2020-2024 National Beef Strategy, the industry has now identified a suite of ambitious ten-year goals that will provide positive and clear messaging about the desire to continually improve practices, reduce carbon footprint and enhance natural environments. The first three goals have been released and address: 1) Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestrations, 2) Animal Health and Welfare and 3) Land Use and Biodiversity. These goals highlight the work of the Canadian beef industry as integral for climate change mitigation and the sustainability of our food system. Building support from government and public trust is based on doing the right things for our land, our animals and our environment. The hope is that these ambitious goals result in innovation in the beef industry and solidify our place as part of the climate solution. These goals will be used by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) to inform the update of their Sustainability Strategy. They will also inform the Beef Cattle Research Councils (BCRC) update of the National Beef Research and Extension Strategy for 2023-28. “The intent is that these are ‘stretch’ goals that encourage industry to strive for something we would not achieve without setting them. Part of the reason for setting an ambitious goal is to encourage innovation and push industry as a whole to think differently and move out of our comfort zone.” noted Tyler Bjornson, Chair of the Beef Advisors. Four more sets of goals will be coming in 2021 including: Water, Beef Quality and Food Safety, Human Health and Safety and Technology. These goals recognize the breadth of benefits from beef production beyond supplying global protein demand. Anne Wasko, Past Chair of the Beef Advisors notes that “the goal development process was collaborative and iterative, receiving feedback from multiple stakeholder groups to inform and refine these goals to be both realistic and ambitious.” The Canadian Beef Advisors consists of elected leaders and staff representation of the seven national beef organizations responsible for policy, marketing, research and sustainability. They are a diverse group of experienced industry representatives, who are responsible for advancing the strategy with the industry stakeholders, providing recommendations on future direction and reporting results against the strategy goals and objectives. Learn more their vision and goals for a dynamic and profitable Canadian cattle and beef industry at www.beefstrategy.com. The National Beef Strategy is a collaborative effort by Canadian national beef sector organizations including the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canada Beef, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (and its provincial member associations), Canadian Meat Council, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. -30For further information, contact: Brenna Grant, Secrétariat Canadian Beef Advisors (403) 451-0928 info@beefstrategy.com


Government of Canada COVID-19 measures delivering support for young people this fall (September 15, 2020 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release) The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous

impact on Canada’s youth, with many seeing their summer jobs, internships and graduation plans disappear. To help our country’s students and young people during this unprecedented time, the Government of Canada introduced a comprehensive emergency support package earlier this year. This includes the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), which has provided income support to over 700,000 post-secondary students and recent graduates across the country since its launch. With the school year just getting started, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, visited the Young Women’s Christian Association of Halifax (YWCA Halifax) and announced an investment of $1 million for YWCA Halifax’s Launch Atlantic project under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). This YESS project will provide work, career, and personal development opportunities to 116 young women and femaleidentified or non-binary youth who are unemployed or underemployed and under-represented in the workforce. The project will also assist youth in the LGBTQ community, newcomers, those living in remote areas, and youth in lowincome households. The hands-on skills they will gain are especially important in helping them gain economic independence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore also highlighted the Government of Canada’s fall support measures to help students through the upcoming school year. These include easing eligibility requirements for Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants to allow more post-secondary students to qualify and be eligible for greater amounts. Specifically, Canada

Student Grants have been doubled for full-time students to up to $6,000 for this school year, and the cap on Canada Student Loans has been increased to $350 per week of study. These fall measures represent an investment of approximately $1.9 billion and are expected to expand the reach of the Canada Student Loans Program and benefit approximately 765,000 students. Background re: enhancements to student financial assistance for fall 2020: The Canada Student Loan Program (CSLP) provides student financial assistance to post-secondary education students. With approximately 765,000 students currently benefiting from the program, including through grants and loans, it has the broadest reach of federal student programs. To address additional financial needs of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is easing eligibility requirements for the CSLP for 2020-21 to allow more students to qualify for supports and be eligible for greater amounts. For the upcoming school year, Canada Student Grant amounts will be doubled for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students. The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents will also be doubled. In addition, the cap on Canada Student Loans will increase from $210 to $350 per week of study. Furthermore, no contribution will be expected from students and their spouses in determining the amount of financial aid a student can get in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for this school year. These measures are expected to expand the reach of the program at a total estimated cost of approximately $1.9 billion. The CSLP is delivered in collaboration with 10 participating jurisdictions, including Manitoba.


Three-year Cleanfarms Project Focusing on Improving Ag Plastic Recycling (Etobicoke, Ontario) – September 16, 2020 – An innovative multi-year initiative that is helping to recover and recycle plastic used on farms will ramp up this fall, providing more Canadian farmers with opportunities to manage plastic waste in environmentally responsible ways. The project, funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), has been developed and is being executed by Cleanfarms, the national, non-profit industry stewardship organization that has programs in place across Canada to recover and manage non-organic farm waste, most of it plastic, for recycling or environmentally responsible disposal. Entitled ‘Building a Zero-Plastic Waste Strategy for Agriculture’, the project has three broad-based objectives:   

to build consensus on the appropriate management of non-organic agricultural waste; to survey farmers to establish current patterns of disposal before and after pilots and education programs; and to demonstrate best practices in ag waste management through pilot programs conducted throughout Canada.

"Our farmers care about the environment, and through investments like this the Government is supporting our farmers in the fight against climate change,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We are committed to helping farmers become global leaders in sustainable agriculture and be a part of the climate solution by investing in innovative initiatives that promote environmentally-beneficial practices.” “We know farmers want more opportunities to manage agricultural waste materials in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen. “This project will identify additional options for farmers and agricultural suppliers to incorporate sustainability practices more broadly in their daily operations. In today’s economy, with the emphasis on sustainability and circular thinking, we have a responsibility and a great opportunity right across this country to improve recovery and recycling numbers.” Canadian agriculture currently uses about 40,000 tonnes of plastics annually in the process of growing crops and raising livestock, most of it in plastic containers, grain bags, twine and bale/silage film. Though plastic is essential throughout the farming industry, managing the end of lifecycle of plastics is a big challenge that requires forward-thinking solutions. Cleanfarms already operates five permanent programs across Canada, the best known of which collects small plastic containers that are 23 litres and under for recycling. In 2019, farmers returned 5.5 million containers bringing the total number returned since the program began 30 years ago to 131.5 million. The containers are recycled into new agricultural products such as tile drainage pipes. Other Cleanfarms programs include a national program to collect non-deposit bulk pesticide totes and drums; a national program to collect and properly dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old,


obsolete livestock/equine medications; grain bag recycling under a provincially-regulated program in Saskatchewan and pilot programs in Manitoba and Alberta; and seed and pesticide bag collection for proper disposal in eastern Canada with the addition of fertilizer bags in Quebec. Together, these programs collect about 5,000 tonnes of agricultural plastics for recycling each year, and that number is growing rapidly with the more recent addition of grain bag collection programs. Still, there remains an opportunity to do even more. “Dairy farmers are leaders in sustainable agriculture and have a vested interest in protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources,” said Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Cleanfarms’ initiatives provide much-needed options for proper end-of-lifecycle management of agricultural plastics and dairy farmers are excited to see this project take root.” The CASPP/Cleanfarms project links with a recent initiative undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada to quantify the types and volumes of on-farm plastic wastes and identify recycling facilities for agricultural plastics across Canada. About Cleanfarms Cleanfarms, Canada's leading agricultural stewardship organization, is best known for its recycling program for empty, commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers and for its unwanted pesticides and animal health medications collection program, both of which are available across the country. Cleanfarms also operates Saskatchewan’s regulated grain bag recycling program. Learn more at www.cleanfarms.ca /// Contact: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Media, 416-452-2373, bmcconnell@cleanfarms.ca


Manitoba Further Expands Back to Work Wage Subsidy Program (September 14, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program as part of its continued commitment to safely restarting the provincial economy, Premier Brian Pallister and Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

“The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans,” said Pallister. “Manitoba has designed some of Canada’s strongest support programs to help relieve small businesses of unexpected financial burdens and flexibly address each employer’s specific needs so they can redirect labour savings to resources they need to safely reopen.” Through the Back to Work initiative, private-sector and nonprofit employers can receive up to $100,000 to subsidize 20 employees (up to $5,000 per employee) hired since July 16. Today, the province extended the program by two months until Dec. 31 and announced employers are now able to rehire students previously hired through the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, Canada Summer Job Program and Green Team Program. The province confirmed new start-up companies are eligible, providing they have a business number. “Extending the program through the calendar year will support seasonal winter businesses and allow existing employers to use the program for a greater length of time into the holiday season,” said Eichler. “Youth employment remains a focus of our government, and we want to give employers the flexibility to rehire summer students, which increases job creation and benefits post-secondary students and businesses alike.”

To date, the Back to Work Manitoba Initiative has received more than 800 applications from employers for 4,500 positions and $22.6 million in supports. Some of the top participating sectors include retail trade (16 per cent), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12 per cent), and accommodation and food services (eight per cent). The premier and minister highlighted the province’s ongoing business outreach throughout the pandemic, such as regular calls with key business stakeholders, including the restaurant and food services industry, to hear their challenges and input to shape provincial response plans. The Manitoba government has authorized expenditures of $714 million in 2020-21 to support businesses and not-for-profit organizations through supports such as conditional non-repayable loans and working capital, targeted wage subsidies, rent supports, deferred fees and interest, rebates, infrastructure spending as well as non-financial support. Programs include the $120-million Manitoba Gap Protection Program, which provides a one-time $6,000 non-interest-bearing forgivable loan to eligible Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses; $120 million for the Back to Work This Summer Initiative and Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program; and $350 million for infrastructure construction projects as part of the two-year, $500million Manitoba Restart Capital Program. Recent labour force statistics that show nearly 70 per cent of Manitobans who lost their jobs in March and April have been rehired, and Pallister and Eichler confirmed the province’s commitment to get even more employees back to work. The Back to Work Manitoba Wage Subsidy application deadline is now Dec. 1. Employers will be required to provide proof of payment of wages by Feb. 1, 2021. Program details and the application form are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/btwmp.html.


September 25, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Support New Approach to Agricultural Programming in Schools (September 24, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing support to Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba (AITC-M) to adjust its educational and outreach resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “Connecting Canadian youth with the farming and agri-food industry is more important than ever during these challenging times,” said Bibeau. “This investment will allow Agriculture in the Classroom to help both Manitoba’s teachers and students adapt to new realities as they continue to learn about our innovative agricultural sector.” “The pandemic has renewed many Manitobans’ interest in our food, where it comes from and how it gets from farm to table,” said Pedersen. “This investment will help educate Manitoba’s youth on the importance of agriculture in Manitoba and the role it plays in our everyday lives.” Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing AITC-M with up to $146,600 to adopt a new service delivery method to adapt to COVID-19 and an increased demand for digital, online and adapted in-person resources.

Beautiful fall colours on display this week during a pasture check in the PembinaValley region south of Manitou. Photo credit: Naomi Howatt

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST IN TODAY'S E-NEWSLETTER Federal Government Introduces Legislation to Support Canadians Through Recovery Benefits and Extend Access to Funds for Emergency Measures page 5 Province Announces Intersection Safety Enhancements and Review On PTH 12 And PR 210 - page 6 COVID-19 Update: Carberry Plains Health Centre Now Reopened - page 6

AITC-M brings together industry, government and educators to increase the public’s understanding about agriculture. AITC-M delivers curriculum based programs, activities and resources for teachers and their students to learn about agriculture and the role it plays in Manitoba. In 2019, AITC-M reached nearly 38,000 students through events, programs and professional development days for educators. “Through this time of uncertainty, our vision to educate students about how their food gets from the farm to their table has never wavered, it just needs to happen differently,” said Sue Clayton, executive director of AITC-M. “We believe all students in Manitoba should be agriculturally literate when they graduate. Thanks to the generous support from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program, we move closer to this goal as more students will be able to expand and deepen their knowledge of Canadian agriculture.” The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services. For more information, visit www.canada.ca/ Agri-Partnership. For more information on AITC-M, including a link to its educational resources, visit: www.aitc.mb.ca/educational-resources.


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For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Manitoba's Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Stubble burning restrictions Manitoba's crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Conservation and Climate. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office or visit manitoba.ca.

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Canfax Research Services is proud to present the Canadian Cow-calf Cost of Production Network (CDN COP Network) funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council and delivered with our provincial partners. The CDN COP Network will host 26 cow-calf producer focus groups across Canada to establish baseline cost of production statistics and develop future farm scenarios. This will provide national benchmarking data for the first time across Canada. Network information is now live for producers and the general public. Please check out our website: http:// www.canfax.ca/COPNetwork.aspx.

We’re actively recruiting participants for focus groups over the next several months and we want to encourage as many producers to sign-up as possible. We invite you to share our social media messages on your social media platforms and encourage you to engage with us to get the word out about this initiative. Producers can find additional information and sign-up at our website. Producers who sign-up and are selected to participate will receive a $500 honorarium. Selection will be based on several criteria identified in the intake form as producers are grouped based on: region, production systems, etc. Please contact crs@canfax.ca to answer any questions you may have.

Applications due November 6


Federal Government Introduces Legislation to Support Canadians Through Recovery Benefits and Extend Access to Funds for Emergency Measures (September 24, 2020 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release)

While many Canadians have seen their jobs come back and have returned to work since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Canada recognizes that there remain other workers in sectors that have been particularly hit hard who continue to need support.

That is why the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians as we work to build back a stronger, more resilient economy. Since the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in the early days of the pandemic, at a time when we asked Canadians to stay home, close to 9 million Canadians have received the Benefit to help to pay their bills and support their families. Subject to this legislation receiving Royal Assent, the new Benefits would provide income support to Canadians while promoting economic recovery by introducing measures that encourage people to safely return to work. Specifically, the legislation includes: • A Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support. This Benefit would support Canadians who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50%. These workers must be available and looking for work, and must accept work where it is reasonable to do so; • A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. This Benefit supports our commitment to ensure all Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave; and, • A Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine.

More detailed eligibility criteria can be found online. Canadians will be able to apply for the CRB, CRSB, and CRCB through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for one year up until September 25, 2021. As announced on August 20, temporary measures to help Canadians access EI benefits more easily are effective September 27, 2020, for one year. These changes will also establish a minimum weekly benefit payment of $500 for all EI recipients, at the same level as the CRB. Bill C-2 also includes proposed amendments to the Canada Labour Code to ensure that federally regulated employees have access to job-protected leave to ensure they can avail themselves of these Benefits. In addition, as part of Bill C-2, the Government of Canada announced its intention to amend and extend the application of the Public Health Event of National Concern Payments Act (PHENCPA) to December 31, 2020. Enacted in March at the beginning of the pandemic, PHENCPA enables the Government to access the funds required for a significant part of the COVID-19 response measures that make up Canada’s Economic Response Plan. Under this proposed approach, the Government is seeking Parliamentary approval for access to funding, subject to prescribed limits until the end of 2020, for measures that will protect the health and safety of Canadians and support individuals businesses. This spending authority can only be used for specific measures approved in advance by Parliament as part of Bill C-2. This legislation is necessary to ensure that Canadians and the businesses where they work continue to receive the support they need. The current legislation expires on September 30, 2020. To help build a stronger workforce, the Government of Canada will also invest an additional $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements with provinces and territories to offer Canadians the skills training and employment supports they need. This support will respond to the increased number of Canadians looking to re-enter the workforce, and targets workers and employers in sectors hardest-hit by COVID-19, as well as groups particularly disadvantaged as a result of the pandemic. This is in addition to the $3.4 billion already being provided to provinces and territories under the Labour Market Development Agreements and Workforce Development Agreements in 2020-2021.


COVID-19 Update: Carberry Plains Health Centre Now Reopened In its September 24, 2020 COVID-19 news release the provincial government noted that “…the Carberry Plains Health Centre has reopened, and has been moved to Caution (yellow) from Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.” The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19: • People must stay home if sick. • Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. • If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk. • Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if public health officials have recommended testing. The online assessment tool can be found at https:// sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/ about.html#collapse4. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Province Announces Intersection Safety Enhancements and Review On PTH 12 And PR 210 (September 24, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government has completed an initial review of PTH 12 at the PR 210 intersection and has decided to apply immediate interim safety enhancements to the intersection, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today. “Safety is of the utmost importance to our government, and making the intersection of Highway 12 and PR 210 easier to anticipate for motorists will help prevent further incidents,” said Schuler. Over 12,000 vehicles enter the intersection daily with approximately 10 per cent of those vehicles being commercial trucks and trailers. Collision data reported 35 collisions over the past five years and of these, two collisions were fatal, 15 were injuries and the remaining 18 collisions involved property damage. After reviewing the initial assessment of the intersection, Manitoba Infrastructure has decided to implement the following interim safety measures by the end of October:

• red flashing lights on the stop signs for PR 210 traffic approaching PTH 12, • rumble strips along PR 210 as it approaches from both sides onto PTH 12, • reduced speed signs to 70 km/h for the eastbound direction on PR 210, • ‘stop ahead’ sign for the westbound direction on PR 210, and • refreshed and enhanced stop lines.

In addition to the safety enhancements, an In-Service Road Safety Review of the area will study collision data and motorist interaction with the intersection this fall, the minister noted. “A safety review of this intersection will help us to identify any additional protective features or operational issues, and we look forward to engaging with the community,” said Schuler. The In-Service Road Safety Review is expected to be completed by fall 2021 and the findings will be posted on http://engageMB.ca where the public will be invited to share feedback, the minister added.


October 2, 2020

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP Encourages Producers to Participate in Provincial Government Consultation on Agricultural Crown Land Program Modernization Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is strongly encouraging all agricultural Crown land (ACL) leaseholders to participate in the recently announced consultation the provincial government is undertaking about the proposed renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits.

Throughout the process the provincial government has been undertaking to modernize the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program, MBP has repeatedly advocated for the first right of renewal with respect to eligible leases. MBP believes this consultation is a very important opportunity for producers to restate their views given the value of stability and continuity when it comes to a beef operation’s access to ACL and strong producer participation is key. MBP continues to advocate with the Manitoba government on several other matters related to the ACL program. Of particular concern is the size of the rental rate increase and the pace at which it is being enacted. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, MBP had asked for a five-year transition for the rental rate increase. MBP again respectfully asks that the provincial government give serious consideration to this request. A longer transition period would take into account factors such as successive challenging production years which drove up

feed costs for many ACL lease holders, as well as ongoing uncertainty related to the pandemic and its implications for cattle markets going forward, among other factors facing the lease holders. Other ACL matters MBP continues to advance with the province include, but are not limited to: • The continued ability for producers to be able to utilize unit transfers; • Whether there will be an opportunity for new entrants to establish their own legacy leases with their own family members; • The right to informed access whereby those wishing to access ACL would need to notify the lease or permit holder prior to entry; • Government recognition of the ecosystem services lease holders providing in managing ACL; • Mechanisms to address concerns about the new process for valuing leasehold improvements; and • Potential opportunities for interested lease holders to purchase ACL in a swifter fashion. To take part in the consultation process, go to the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal at https:// reg.gov.mb.ca.home and provide your comments online prior to November 16. MBP will also be making a formal submission as part of this process. Please visit pages 3, 10-23 for more information about the ACL modernization program.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST IN TODAY'S E-NEWSLETTER

COVID Alert App Launched in Manitoba -page 4 Government Announces Creation of a New Protein Research Strategy for Manitoba - page 5 Animal Health Emergency Management project virtual overview of the Incident Command System -page 7


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Province Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Agricultural Crown Land Program Modernization (September 30, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback on the proposed renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits on agricultural Crown lands, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced. “Agricultural Crown lands are well positioned to support the growth of the livestock industry in Manitoba and contribute to the department’s Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy,” said Pedersen. “As part of our mandate, we will continue to modernize the management of our Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program in a fair and transparent manner.” Legacy forage leases and renewable permits are those dispositions that were in place prior to Oct. 1, 2019. The proposed change will ensure that family

farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of these legacy forage leases and renewable permits. This proposal contributes to the modernization of the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program, and delivers on the commitment made to stakeholders in October 2019, the minister said. Stakeholders are invited to review the regulatory amendment proposal available on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal at https://reg.gov.mb.ca/home .

"Comments are encouraged to be submitted online prior to Nov. 16." See background information on pages 10-23 of this ENewsletter.


COVID Alert App Launched in Manitoba (October 1, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Health Canada COVID Alert app is now available to Manitoba residents and will provide digital COVID-19 exposure alerts once the app is downloaded to a smartphone, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today. “With case numbers currently on the rise, the COVID Alert app is one more tool that people can use to be aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19,” said Friesen. “The introduction of the app builds on our public health contact tracing efforts to inform people of possible exposures and ensure they are given the advice they need to reduce the spread of the virus.” The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information. Someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be provided a one-time key from public health when they call to provide test results. By entering the key into the app, it will notify other app users who have been within two metres of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within the last 14 days. Subscribers who receive this exposure alert can then assess their risk and seek testing, if needed.

will still receive notification from public health officials if they have positive test results or are determined to be a close contact of a confirmed case. “It’s important for people to remember that we all need to continue to focus on the fundamentals to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others,” said Friesen. “Stay home if you are sick, reduce your number of contacts, wash or sanitize your hands often, physically distance from others and wear a mask if you cannot, or as required in your community.”

The COVID Alert app does not collect personal information or health data, and does not know or track the location, name, address or contacts of any user. All aspects of the app are completely voluntary.

The Health Canada COVID Alert app is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store. For more information, visit www.canada.ca/en/ public-health/services/diseases/ coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covidalert.html.

The minister noted the COVID Alert app does not replace contact investigations. People who do not have a smartphone or device that will support the app

Visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 for information about the #RestartMB Pandemic Response system, testing, public safety alerts and the latest Manitoba case surveillance information.

Applications due November 6


Governments Announce Creation of a New Protein Research Strategy for Manitoba (September 25, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release)

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing the University of Manitoba with up to $100,000 for the development of a new Protein Research Strategy and the establishment of a Research Chair to advance the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy and bridge the gap between Manitoba's research and protein processing sectors, Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. Leading the project will be Dr. James House, a professor at the University of Manitoba and Head of the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences. His research focuses on studying the factors influencing the quality of dietary proteins from both plant- and animal-based foods, and how protein and other key nutrients relate to the optimal growth and health of individuals. Dr. House maintains a strong focus in the development of functional foods of animal origin, including eggs with enhanced nutritional value. The Protein Research Strategy will enable Manitoba to better capitalize on untapped market potential, investment opportunities and innovation. This strategy will seek broad input, advice and alignment of efforts to identify key research opportunities to enhance the sustainable protein eco-system, which will be critical in positioning Manitoba as a global leader of sustainable protein. Quotes "By supporting Manitoba's Protein Advantage, we are keeping Canada at the cutting edge of innovation, research and development for plant and animal protein. As Canadians have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important we support initiatives that will bring about investment and job opportunities throughout our country. Our government will continue to support the agriculture and agri-food industry as they are leading our nation on the road to a sustainable and prosperous recovery." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Global demand for plant and animal protein continues to increase, providing economic opportunities for Manitoba's farmers, processors, and communities. The new research strategy and the work being undertaken by Dr. House will help industry identify those opportunities, further supporting the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy." - Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister "We are excited to initiate this Protein Research Strategy on behalf of the research community in Manitoba. This province has incredible talents and resources within our universities, colleges, research institutes, government laboratories and private sector settings. This initiative will drive the development of new research collaborations across all sectors in support of a sustainable food system." - Dr. James House, University of Manitoba "We are extremely excited about Dr. House leading the charge on the Protein Research Strategy and the establishment of Research Chair position at the University of Manitoba,. Strengthening protein research expertise and collaboration in the province of Manitoba is extremely important and significant as we advance the Manitoba Protein strategy. This announcement will advance our strategic goal for producers, processors and the Manitoba economy in our desire to be a global leader in providing Sustainable Protein." - Dickson Gould, Chair of the Manitoba Protein Consortium Quick facts • The Manitoba government created the Manitoba Protein Consortium in January, 2020 to provide leadership on projects of strategic importance and encourage stakeholders to continue actions to implement the Manitoba Protein Advantage. The Consortium is working collaboratively with industry, academia and various levels of government to lead focus groups with key protein industry leaders to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities impacting Manitoba's protein industry and advance the Manitoba Protein Advantage. • The Manitoba Protein Advantage will increase animal protein production by 35 percent, create new value for producers through crop innovation and value chain collaboration, attract new investment of $1.5 billion and create 1,550 new jobs. • The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services. Associated links • Canadian Agricultural Partnership • Protein Research Proposal (PDF) • The Manitoba Protein Advantage (PDF)


MBP has been closely monitoring the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of all district meeting attendees along with the communities they represent are MBP’s highest priorities. Therefore, the MBP Board of Directors has made the decision to organize virtual meetings for beef producers. • All meetings begin at 6:30pm. Elections will be held in odd-numbered districts. • For all other districts – 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 – MBP will be holding three virtual town hall information meetings where interested producers will be provided with the same updates as those producers in the oddnumbered districts. Attend the meeting of your choice. • Attendees will be able to connect to the meeting through a smartphone, tablet, laptop/desktop computer, or by using a phone to listen in. • MBP will email each registered attendee a package of materials (minutes, etc.) approximately 24 hours in advance of the district meeting.

Click on the district to register for the meeting: DISTRICT 1 – November 4 DISTRICT 3– October 20 DISTRICT 5– October 22 DISTRICT 7 – November 2 DISTRICT 9– October 21 DISTRICT 11– October 27 DISTRICT 13 – November 3 DISTRICT 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14– October 19 DISTRICT 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14– October 29 DISTRICT 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – November 5


Hello industry partners and stakeholders, Please join the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project for a free and informative virtual overview of the Incident Command System (ICS). This is a limited engagement running on October 6, 2020. The webinar entitled ‘The Livestock Industry Role in the Emergency Operations Centre’ introduces industry association staff, board members and producers to ICS, the structure provincial and federal governments use to manage a response to emergency events including a serious animal disease. ICS principles are used in an Emergency Operations Centre or EOC, which is where industry may become involved. The 1-hour webinar provides an overview of the system, and the ‘Incident Command,’ with whom industry leadership would interact with in the event of a serious animal disease event. Please choose the webinar date and time that works for you. Register by clicking on the link: •

OCT 6 12:00 BC / 1:00 pm MT / 3:00 pm ET https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-itqzMsGtKNxsxsCGqUH2TsJNVgViBB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting including a calendar invite that will adjust to your time zone. Please promote ‘The Livestock Industry Role in the Emergency Operations Centre’ webinar to your contacts including association staff and board members, government contacts, producers and on your social networks and tag @AHEMproject on Twitter. The webinar is part of AHEM’s ongoing virtual emergency preparedness and response awareness series taking place across the country to prepare producers and associations for emergency events. For more information on webinars and their corresponding in-person workshops, please visit: https://animalhealth.ca/ahem/workshops/

Gina Teel, APR Awareness Activity Lead Animal Health Emergency Management Project gteel@telus.net | 403-875-3616 @AHEMproject |www.animalhealth.ca

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Proposed amendments to Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (The Crown Lands Act)

Consultation draft Projet de modification du Règlement sur les baux et les permis relatifs aux terres domaniales agricoles (Loi sur les terres domaniales)

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Manitoba Regulation 152/2017 amended 1 The Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation, Manitoba Regulation 152/2017, is amended by this regulation.

Modification du R.M. 152/2017 1 Le présent règlement modifie le Règlement sur les baux et les permis relatifs aux terres domaniales agricoles, R.M. 152/2017.

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Section 1 is amended (a) by repealing the definitions "cultivated leased lands" and "uncultivated leased lands";

a) par suppression des définitions de « bien-fonds loué cultivé » et de « bien-fonds loué non cultivé »;

(b) in the definition "agricultural lease or permit", by adding "cropping permit," after "cropping lease,"; (c) in the definition "permit", by "a cropping permit," after "means";

L'article 1 est modifié :

b) dans la définition de « bail ou permis agricole », par adjonction, après « de culture, », de « permis de culture, »;

adding c) dans la définition de « bien-fonds visé par un permis », par adjonction :

(d) in the definition "permitted lands", by adding "cropping," before "grazing" wherever it occurs; and

(i) après « le titulaire », de « d'un permis de culture, »,

(e) by adding the following definitions:

(ii) après « un privilège », de « de culture, »;

"cropping permit" means a permit issued under the Act to cultivate and harvest crops on vacant agricultural Crown lands. (« permis de culture »)

d) dans la définition de « permis », par adjonction, après « Permis », de « de culture, permis »; e) par adjonction des définitions suivantes :

"cultivated lands" means the land specified under a cropping lease or a cropping permit as being suitable and available for cultivation. (« bien-fonds cultivé »)

« annexe » L'annexe du présent règlement. ("Schedule") « bien-fonds cultivé » Bien-fonds qu'un bail ou permis de culture établit à titre de bien-fonds approprié qui est cultivable. ("cultivated lands")

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« bien-fonds non cultivé » Bien-fonds visé par un bail ou permis de culture qui n'est pas un bien-fonds cultivé. ("uncultivated lands")

"Schedule" means the Schedule to this regulation. (« annexe ») "uncultivated lands" means the lands under a cropping lease or a cropping permit that are not cultivated lands. (« bien-fonds non cultivé »)

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Critères d'admissibilité relatifs à des baux ou permis 3(1) Les personnes et les entités qui suivent peuvent être titulaires d'un bail ou permis agricole :

Eligibility for leases or permits 3(1) The following are eligible to hold an agricultural lease or permit: (a) an individual who is an adult Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada);

a) les adultes qui sont citoyens canadiens ou résidents permanents du Canada au sens de la Loi sur l'immigration et la protection des réfugiés (Canada);

(b) a partnership, if each partner meets the requirements set out in clause (a);

b) les sociétés en nom collectif dont tous les associés répondent aux critères énumérés à l'alinéa a);

(c) a band; (d) a forage cooperative, if each member of the cooperative meets the requirements of clause (a);

c) les bandes; d) les coopératives fourragères dont tous les membres répondent aux critères énumérés à l'alinéa a);

(e) a Hutterite colony or other similar organization, or a corporation owned by a Hutterite colony or other similar organization;

e) les colonies huttérites ou d'autres organisations semblables et les corporations dont elles sont propriétaires;

(f) a corporation, other than a corporation described in clause (d) or (e), if the corporation is authorized by law to carry on business in Manitoba and each of its shareholders meets the requirements of clause (a).

f) les corporations — à l'exception de celles visées à l'alinéa d) ou e) — qui sont légalement autorisées à exercer leurs activités au Manitoba et dont tous les actionnaires répondent aux critères énumérés à l'alinéa a).

3(2) A person or entity must not participate in an auction or submit an application for an agricultural lease or permit if they are ineligible to hold an agricultural lease or permit.

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3(2) Seules les personnes et les entités qui répondent aux critères d'admissibilité peuvent, en vue d'obtenir un bail ou permis agricole, participer à une vente aux enchères ou présenter une demande.

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4 Clause 4.2(3)(a) is amended by adding "or a cropping permit" after "cropping lease".

4 L'alinéa 4.2(3)a) est modifié par adjonction, après « bail de culture », de « ou d'un permis de culture ».

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Clause 4.3(a) is amended

L'alinéa 4.3a) est modifié :

(a) in the part before subclause (i), by adding "or a cropping permit" after "cropping lease"; and

a) dans le passage introductif, par adjonction, après « bail de culture », de « ou d'un permis de culture »;

(b) in subclause (iii), by adding "or permit" after "lease".

b) dans le sous-alinéa (iii), par adjonction, après « du bail », de « ou permis ».

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Lease term 6 The director may issue a forage lease or a cropping lease with a term of up to 15 years.

Durée maximale des baux 6 Le directeur peut octroyer des baux à fourrage et des baux de culture dont la durée maximale est de 15 ans.

Lease renewal 6.1(1) A forage lease or a cropping lease is not renewable, except in accordance with this section.

Renouvellement des baux 6.1(1) Sous réserve des autres dispositions du présent article, les baux à fourrage et les baux de culture ne sont pas renouvelables.

6.1(2) On application by the holder, the director may renew a forage lease with a term of up to 15 years if

6.1(2) Le directeur peut, sur demande du titulaire, renouveler un bail à fourrage pour une durée maximale de 15 ans si les conditions qui suivent sont réunies :

(a) the lease was October 1, 2019;

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before a) le bail a été octroyé pour la première fois avant le 1 er octobre 2019;

(b) the director determines that the leased lands are suitable and available for continued use under the lease; and

b) le directeur établit que les biens-fonds loués sont appropriés et peuvent de manière continue être utilisés en vertu du bail;

(c) during the term of the lease, the holder did not contravene this regulation or the terms and conditions of their lease.

c) pendant toute la durée de son bail, le titulaire n'a pas contrevenu au présent règlement ni aux modalités du bail.

6.1(3) An application under subsection (2) must be received by the director no later than June 30 of the year in which the lease is to expire.

6.1(3) Les demandes présentées en vertu du paragraphe (2) sont fournies au directeur au plus tard le 30 juin de l'année où le bail expire.

6.1(4) Subject to subsection (5), no fee is payable for renewing a forage lease.

6.1(4) Sous réserve du paragraphe (5), aucun droit n'est exigible à l'égard du renouvellement d'un bail à fourrage.

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6.1(5) The fee for renewing a forage lease in any year after 2034 is to be determined in accordance with the Schedule.

6.1(5) Le droit exigible au cours d'une année donnée postérieure à 2034 pour le renouvellement d'un bail à fourrage est calculé conformément à l'annexe.

6.1(6) When renewing a forage lease, the director may amend the terms and conditions of the lease as the director considers appropriate and the renewed lease is subject to the amended terms and conditions.

6.1(6) Lorsqu'il renouvelle un bail à fourrage, le directeur peut, s'il l'estime indiqué, en modifier les modalités; les modalités modifiées s'appliquent au bail renouvelé.

6.1(7) For certainty, the director may renew a forage lease under this section for any number of consecutive terms, including when the holder is a transferee of such lease.

6.1(7) Le directeur peut renouveler un bail à fourrage en vertu du présent article un nombre illimité de fois, y compris lorsque son titulaire est le bénéficiaire du transfert du bail.

7(1) Subsection 7(2) is amended by striking out "The director" and substituting "Subject to subsection (2.1), the director".

7(1) Le paragraphe 7(2) est modifié par substitution, à « Le directeur », de « Sous réserve du paragraphe (2.1), le directeur ».

7(2) The subsection 7(2):

after

7(2) Il est ajouté, après le paragraphe 7(2), ce qui suit :

7(2.1) A cropping permit must not be issued as a renewable permit.

7(2.1) Les permis de culture sont délivrés en tant que permis non renouvelables.

7(3) Subsection 7(4) is replaced with the following:

7(3) Le paragraphe 7(4) est remplacé par ce qui suit :

7(4) The director must not renew a renewable permit more than 14 times if the permit was issued on or after October 1, 2019.

7(4) Le directeur ne peut renouveler plus de 14 fois un permis renouvelable délivré le 1 er octobre 2019 ou après cette date.

7(4.1) Subject to subsection (4.2), no fee is payable for renewing a permit.

7(4.1) Sous réserve du paragraphe (4.2), aucun droit n'est exigible à l'égard du renouvellement d'un permis.

7(4.2) The fee for renewing a permit issued before October 1, 2019, in any year after 2034 is to be determined in accordance with the Schedule.

7(4.2) Le droit exigible au cours d'une année donnée postérieure à 2034 pour le renouvellement d'un permis délivré avant le 1 er octobre 2019 est calculé conformément à l'annexe.

8(1) Subsections 8(2) and (3) are replaced with the following:

8(1) Les paragraphes 8(2) et (3) sont remplacés par ce qui suit :

8(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the transfer of an ownership interest in a partnership or corporation is deemed to be a transfer of the lease or permit.

8(2) Pour l'application du paragraphe (1), le transfert d'un droit de propriété dans une société en nom collectif ou une corporation est réputé être le transfert du bail ou du permis.

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8(3) Avec l'approbation du directeur, il est possible de transférer un bail ou un permis renouvelable si les conditions qui suivent sont réunies :

8(3) With the approval of the director, a lease or a renewable permit may be transferred if (a) the holder is an individual, partnership or corporation and did not contravene this regulation or the terms and conditions of the lease or permit during its term;

a) le titulaire est un particulier, une société en nom collectif ou une corporation et il n'a pas contrevenu au présent règlement ni aux modalités du bail ou permis pendant toute la durée de son bail ou permis;

(b) neither the holder nor the recipient is subject to a penalty under section 18.1;

b) ni le titulaire ni le bénéficiaire du transfert ne se sont vu imposer une pénalité en vertu de l'article 18.1;

(c) the holder pays a fee for the transfer, determined in accordance with the Schedule; (d) the recipient is eligible to hold an agricultural lease or permit under section 3; and

c) le titulaire paie le droit exigible pour le transfert, lequel droit est calculé conformément à l'annexe;

(e) the recipient is any of the following: (i) an immediate family member of the holder or, if the holder is a partnership or a corporation, an immediate family member of any individual with an ownership interest in the holder,

d) le bénéficiaire répond aux critères d'admissibilité pour être titulaire du bail ou permis agricole conformément à l'article 3;

(ii) a partnership or corporation, if each individual with an ownership interest in the partnership or corporation is an immediate family member of the holder, or, if the holder is a partnership or corporation, an immediate family member of any individual with an ownership interest in the holder,

(i) un membre de la famille immédiate du titulaire ou, si ce dernier est une société en nom collectif ou une corporation, un membre de la famille immédiate de tout particulier qui possède un droit de propriété dans la société en nom collectif ou la corporation,

e) le bénéficiaire est, selon le cas :

(ii) une société en nom collectif ou une corporation, si chaque particulier qui possède un droit de propriété dans la société en nom collectif ou la corporation est un membre de la famille immédiate du titulaire ou, si le titulaire est une société en nom collectif ou une corporation, un membre de la famille immédiate de tout particulier qui possède un droit de propriété dans la société en nom collectif ou la corporation,

(iii) for the transfer of an ownership interest of a partnership or corporation, an individual who (A) has an existing ownership interest in the partnership or corporation, or (B) is an immediate family member of the individual who is transferring the interest.

(iii) pour le transfert d'un droit de propriété dans une société en nom collectif ou une corporation, un membre de la famille immédiate du particulier qui transfère le droit de propriété ou le bénéficiaire possède déjà un droit de propriété dans la société ou la corporation.

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Subsection 8(4) is amended

Le paragraphe 8(4) est modifié :

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a) par substitution, à « membre de la famille », de « bénéficiaire »;

(b) in the English version, by striking out "individual" and substituting "holder".

b) dans la version anglaise, par substitution, à « individual », de « holder ».

(a) by striking out "family substituting "recipient"; and

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member"

Subsection 10(1) is amended

9(1)

Le paragraphe 10(1) est modifié :

(a) in the part before the formula, by adding "or a cropping permit" after "cropping lease"; and

a) dans le passage introductif, par adjonction, après « bail de culture », de « ou un permis de culture »;

(b) in description of B in the formula, by adding "and Resource Development" after "Agriculture".

b) dans la description de l'élément B de la formule, par adjonction, après « l'Agriculture », de « et du Développement des ressources ».

9(2) Subsection 10(2) is replaced with the following:

9(2) Le paragraphe 10(2) est remplacé par ce qui suit :

10(2) Subject to subsection (3), the annual rent or annual fee payable for a cropping lease or a cropping permit is the amount determined by auction, less $200.

10(2) Sous réserve du paragraphe (3), le loyer ou droit annuel exigible à l'égard d'un bail de culture ou d'un permis de culture correspond au montant calculé dans le cadre d'une vente aux enchères moins 200 $.

10(3) The annual fee payable for a cropping permit issued by application is an amount determined by the director, up to 2% of the assessed value of the cultivated lands to be allocated under the permit.

10(3) Le droit annuel exigible à l'égard d'un permis de culture délivré dans le cadre de l'étude de demandes correspond au montant calculé par le directeur jusqu'à concurrence de 2 % de la valeur fiscale des biens-fonds cultivés devant être attribués en vertu du permis.

10(1) Clause 16(2)(a) is replaced with the following:

10(1) qui suit :

L'alinéa 16(2)a) est remplacé par ce

(a) break or cultivate the permitted lands, unless authorized by the permit or the director in writing;

a) ne pas labourer ni cultiver les biens-fonds visés par le permis, sauf si le permis l'y autorise ou s'il a obtenu l'autorisation écrite du directeur;

10(2) Clause 16(4)(f) is amended by adding "or organization" at the end.

10(2) L'alinéa 16(4)f) est modifié par adjonction, après « la colonie », de « ou de l'organisation ».

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11(1) Subsection 27.1(1) is amended in the definition "previous formula" by striking out everything after "as it read" and substituting "on September 30, 2019.".

11(1) La d é fin itio n de « fo rm u l e antérieure » figurant au paragraphe 27.1(1) est modifiée par substitution, au passage qui suit « version », de « du 30 septembre 2019. ».

11(2) Subsection 27.1(2) is amended by striking out "uncultivated leased lands" and substituting "uncultivated lands".

11(2) Le paragraphe 27.1(2) est modifié par suppression de « loués ».

11(3) The table in subsection 27.1(3) is amended in the row for "cropping lease"

11(3) La rangée « Bail de culture » du tableau figurant au paragraphe 27.1(3) est modifiée par suppression, à chaque occurrence, de « loués ».

(a) by striking out "cultivated leased lands" and substituting "cultivated lands"; and (b) by striking out "uncultivated leased lands" and substituting "uncultivated lands".

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SCHEDULE (Sections 6.1, 7 and 8)

ANNEXE (articles 6.1, 7 et 8)

Definition 1 In this Schedule, "consumer price index" means the "all-items" Consumer Price Index for Manitoba as published monthly by Statistics Canada.

Définition 1 Dans la présente annexe, « indice des prix à la consommation » s'entend de l'indice d'ensemble des prix à la consommation pour le Manitoba publié tous les mois par Statistique Canada.

Fees 2 Subject to an adjustment under section 3 of this Schedule, the fee for a provision referred to in Column 1 of the following table is as set out opposite in Column 2:

Droits 2 Sous réserve de tout rajustement pour l'application de l'article 3 de la présente annexe, le droit exigible en vertu d'une disposition indiquée à la colonne 1 du présent tableau est mentionné à la colonne 2 :

Column 1

Column 2

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Colonne 2

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Disposition

Droit

Subsection 6.1(5) (renewing a forage lease)

$1,200

paragraphe 6.1(5) (renouvellement d'un bail à fourrage)

Subsection 7(4.2) (renewing a renewable permit)

$80

paragraphe 7(4.2) (renouvellement d'un permis renouvelable)

Clause 8(3)(c) (transfer of lease or renewable permit)

$200

alinéa 8(3)c) (transfert d'un bail ou transfert d'un permis renouvelable)

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80 $

200 $

Adjustment formula 3 In each year after 2034, a fee under section 2 of this Schedule is adjusted in accordance with the following formula:

Formule de rajustement 3 Chaque année après 2034, les droits prévus à l'article 2 de la présente annexe sont rajustés en conformité avec la présente formule :

A = B × (C/D)

A = B × (C/D)

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Dans la présente formule :

A

is the adjustment to the fee;

A

représente le rajustement du droit;

B

is the fee amount as set out in Column 2 of the table in section 2 of this Schedule;

B

représente le montant du droit indiqué à la colonne 2 du tableau figurant à l'article 2 de la présente annexe;

C

is the consumer price index for December in the year preceding the year in which the adjustment is being made;

C

représente l'indice des prix à la consommation pour le mois de décembre de l'année précédant celle où le rajustement est effectué;

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Droits arrondis au dollar près 4 Au besoin, les rajustements visés à l'article 3 de la présente annexe sont arrondis au dollar près.

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Background Information re: Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation Amendments 2020 The following is background information taken directly from the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal with respect to the consultation the provincial government has announced re: proposed amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. Producers who wish to comment on the changes should go to the following link and provide their feedback prior to November 16. https://reg.gov.mb.ca/detail/3313599 Amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. Regulatory Accountability Impact Analysis (RAIA) RAIA Part I: Policy Objectives and Justification Regulatory Project: Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation amendments 2020 Date Drafted: 2020-07-09T00:00:00 Department or Government Agency: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Public Policy Objective of the Regulatory Project Public Policy Objective Fulfilled: The Agricultural Crown Lands (ACL) Program provides benefits to farmers, the environment, and the economy. Crown lands are provincial assets, which are managed in a fiscally responsible manner to ensure value to the public for the use of these lands for private benefit. Active management of these Crown lands ensures the maintenance of biodiversity in grassland habitats, as well as facilitates climate change adaptation and resilience. The ability of a farmer to use Crown lands under agricultural lease for forage or crop production provides an increased land base upon which farmers can grow food for consumers. Modernization of the ACL program has been underway for the past three years, with objectives of increasing transparency and predictability in the administration of the program, reducing the regulatory burden, and balancing the disparate needs of existing leaseholders with those of new potential leaseholders. This regulatory amendment will facilitate stability in existing family livestock operations, through enabling longevity in previously issued agricultural Crown land forage leases in successive renewals, which will also be transferrable to family members. Fiscal responsibility in the management of the public asset will be maintained through the introduction of a cost-recovery based fee for these renewals.


Problem or Opportunity: When the regulation was updated in October 2019, there were concerns that the regulation did not provide an appropriate amount of certainty and continuity for family farms who had previously obtained an agricultural Crown land forage lease or permit. This is an opportunity to provide the ability for pre-existing/legacy leaseholders to successively renew and transfer leases to family members, which will enable succession planning without compromising the overarching reforms that make the system fair, transparent, and market-based. The regulation will be updated to allow for short term cropping permits to be used for up to one year to deal with situations where cropland cannot be allocated by an auction in time and to avoid the land being unused. Background Context: Manitoba’s Agricultural Crown Lands Program primarily administers leases and permits for forage (haying and grazing) on public lands. The program allocates leases as supplemental land base to support the needs of livestock production in the province while responsible management protects biodiversity in the grassland ecosystem. Historically forage lease terms ended when the leaseholder turned 65 years of age. Although the authority was not given by the regulation or in lease agreements, operationally, leaseholders were issued renewals in 5 year terms until such time the leaseholder surrendered (retired) or transferred (to family or via farm sale) the leases. As such, leaseholders had entered into these lease agreements with the understanding that the leases would continue to be renewed, provided that lease conditions (including annual payments) were being met. This concept did not facilitate entry of new potential leaseholders into the Agricultural Crown Land Program, and Manitoba was challenged to address this. Following consultation in early 2019, the Manitoba government amended the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation in October 2019. This regulatory amendment introduced finite 15-year forage lease terms without opportunity for renewal, along with transitionary measures for legacy leases, enabling stability in lease holdings until at least 2034. Legacy leases are those that were issued with an effective date prior to the October 1, 2019 coming into force of the amendment to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. The intent of the finite 15-year forage lease terms was to strike a balance between those existing leaseholders and new potential leaseholders. A 15-year term was potentially long enough to ensure a level of return on investment for any improvements that were made on the land (e.g. fencing), while being sufficiently short enough to enable new potential leaseholders an opportunity to use the Crown asset to either establish or expand their livestock operation. A finite 15-year term would encourage the use of ACL leases as a stepping-stone, and not the foundation of a livestock operation. In some regions, livestock operations are highly dependent upon the land base acquired from leasing agricultural Crown lands, as suitable private lands in these regions are limited in availability and the land has been held by leaseholders (or their family) for a long time. Recognizing that this is not the case for all existing leaseholders, but wanting to be fair to all existing leaseholders, the government committed to pursuing amendment to the regulation to enable stability in family farm operations through successive renewals of legacy forage leases. This is only being applied to those leases that were issued


prior to the amendments last year, new forage leases will continue to be issued with a non-renewable 15-year term. In addition, it is recognized that family farm operations are integral to Manitoba’s agricultural industry. Many of these legacy leases have been transferred through the generations and utilized in family livestock operations. This amendment will define the authority to renew a legacy lease, and to maintain this renewability through successive family transfers, thus enshrining the importance of family farms into this regulation. The first auctions for new lease allocations took place in November – December 2019, with new forage leases each auctioned for a finite 15-year term. These new leases will remain as 15-year terms, and be administered separately from the legacy leases that will be renewable. Reason for Government Action: Action is being taken to support our existing legacy leaseholders, as well as their families through succession planning that involves the family transfer of agricultural leases that have been passed down through previous generations. In specific regions of the province, some farms are dependent on the continued access to these agricultural Crown land leases to sustain their livestock operations. This regulation change is pursuant to the announcement where the government committed to amending the regulations to build in the authority to renew legacy leases. This proposed regulation introduces the authority to provide stability to legacy leaseholders through successive renewals and transfers within families who continue to contribute Manitoba’s agricultural industry through responsible management of these lands. Regulatory Solution Justification: The Agricultural Crown Land Program is administered under the authority of The Crown Lands Act and the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. The modernization of the Agricultural Crown Land Program has included amendment of both pieces of legislation, with both coming into force in October, 2019. The proposed regulatory amendment is required to formalize the authority to renew leases beyond their existing terms (other than those transitionary provisions in the 2019 version of the regulation) and establish the conditions of eligibility for these renewals. Recommended Regulatory Action Course of Action Sought: The department is proposing amendment to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation to allow for the right of first renewal for previously issued/legacy leases. Resources and Procedures Required to Implement and Sustain the Project: The Land Use and Rangeland Management Section within Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has been working within existing operating budgets and staff complement to implement the program, and will continue to do so. Previous Consultations: In 2018, Manitoba Agriculture release a discussion document on “Modernizing the Agricultural Crown Land Leasing Program” for public consultation. The initial consultation included meetings with


stakeholder groups (including existing clients and industry organizations) and the request for written submissions. These initial consultations identified a need to amend The Crown Lands Act to enable allocation via auction for these leases, and this amendment was passed in December, 2018. Consultations continued in early 2019, in the form of meetings with stakeholder groups to develop the amendment to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation to both align with the amendment to The Crown Lands Act, and further modernize the program. With the amended regulation passed in September 2019, accompanying policies and extension materials were developed and released publicly. Consultations resumed in early 2020, in the form of meetings with stakeholder groups to develop this regulatory amendment to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. Implications Potential Beneficial Impacts of the Project: The proposed regulation will support the sustainable use and management of forage on public lands, support growth in the livestock industry, and recognize the contribution of family farms in Manitoba. These long-term legacy lease arrangements will: 1. Recognize the importance of family farms through enabling successive renewals and family transfers. 2. Encourage responsible management of the land for productivity and sustainability, by facilitating long term investments in improving the lands. 3. Protect the Crown lands for ongoing agricultural use. Potential Adverse Impacts of the Project: With the retention of long term agricultural forage lease dispositions, there will be limitations imposed on the availability of Crown lands: 1. New and future farmers will have limited ability to acquire agricultural Crown lands to support establishment or expansion of their operations. 2. Alternate resource users will have limited ability to expand the scope of resource use, or establish additional rights associated with resources. Implementation How the Regulatory Solution will be Implemented: An amendment to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulations to enable renewability for legacy leases is proposed to be passed. The regulatory amendment will enable renewals of legacy leases only, as well as continuing the renewability of these leases through successive family transfers, ensuring that existing family farm operations have stability in their leased land holdings. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has been extensively reviewing and significantly streamlining the program policies and forms, and will continue to update these documents in the online platform, as well as communicate with stakeholders via industry organizations.


Public Communications: The department has been working with Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers to keep stakeholders informed of the program changes and to provide opportunity for input and feedback. The department will maintain open and transparent lines of communication by: • •

Sharing information about the consultation process through regular communication lines including email, and directly to Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers. Attending meetings at the request of industry organizations and presenting the proposed regulations at meetings for their members where available.

Continuing to work directly with Keystone Agricultural Producers and Manitoba Beef Producers to finalize updates to policies and extension materials. Expected Implementation Timelines: It is anticipated that these regulatory amendments will be passed shortly after the 45-day consultation period ends, and come into force upon being passed. Enforcement Approach: The Agricultural Crown Land Program is managed by the Land Use and Rangeland Management Section of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development to ensure that the Act, Regulation, and policies are followed. Finances and administration of leases is managed by the Real Estate Services Branch of Central Services.


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Applications Opening Soon for Beneficial Management Practices Funding

The next intake period for those interested in pursuing cost-shared funding through the Ag Action Manitoba Program Assurance: Environment Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) program opens November 4 and closes December 4. This program helps farmers and industry service providers implement and adopt BMPs as identified in Environmental Farm Plans. Farmers, including individuals, partnerships, or registered corporations or co-operatives are eligible to apply if their activities related to the application occur in Manitoba. Eligible industry service providers include the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures and licensed commercial manure applicators. Examples of BMPs for which cost-shared funding is available include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, Pesticide Storage and Secondary Containment. Producers seeking to undertake water source development related to well and dugouts may be interested in pursuing the Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas BMP.

Approved projects must be completed between April 1, 2021 and November 2021. Click here for more information on available funding. Detailed information about the BMPs can be found at https:// www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/ canadian-agriculturalpartnership/pubs/guidebook/ ag-action-mb-program-guidefor-farmers.pdf#page=30 Producers who need to complete or update their Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) should go the following Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website which contains information about the process, as well as a link to upcoming EFP workshops: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environment/environmentalfarm-plan/

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New Site Promotes Manitoba Agriculture and Food Research- page 3 Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit launched - page 4 New Legislation Establishes Safe Hunting, Sustainable Wildlife Management - page 6


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


New Site Promotes Manitoba Agriculture and Food Research (October 7, 2020 University of Manitoba News Release)

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has launched the Manitoba Agriculture and Food Knowledge Exchange website, a resource which shares current research by Faculty scientists and their collaborators. The site is aimed at a variety of audiences, from consumers to farmers and agri-food processors. “The MAKE site has been designed to share knowledge generated through research done in the Faculty in an engaging and understandable way,” said Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, associate dean (research). “We see the site as serving as a critical link connecting those who are interested in learning more about our food systems with those conducting research in these areas. MAKE will help us bring outcomes from the lab to consumers’ kitchens and to farmers’ fields and barns.”

The site profiles current research programs shared as articles and podcast interviews with Faculty scientists and other research collaborators in the community. Future resources planned include videos as well as a variety of printable downloads including recipe cards, infographics and factsheets. Coming soon is a dedicated resources section for those working in agriculture and agri-food. Manitoba Agriculture and Food Knowledge Exchange can be found at www.makemanitoba.ca. New content will be added regularly, so visitors are encouraged to bookmark and visit often. Join us for the first seminar in the Faculty Seminar Series “From grain to grazing: the intermediate wheatgrass potential” on Wednesday, October 21. It features the three researchers and the project that was the subject of an article in October issue of MBP's Cattle Country.

Beware of fraudulent website offering to book road and knowledge tests: Manitoba Public Insurance (October 8, 2020 MPI News Release)

Manitobans are reminded that if they wish to book a driving test online they can do so by visiting mpi.mb.ca. It has come to the attention of Manitoba Public Insurance that a fraudulent, online appointment and knowledge booking site exists which requests personal information and charges a fee. This website is fraudulent and is in no way associated with MPI. If someone has booked an appointment on this site and paid money, they should report this

fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Due to COVID-19, appointments are only released to the public every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Options available to Manitobans wishing to book a road test are: • Visit any one of the 300 Autopac agents in the province and book online • By visiting Online Services at mpi.mb.ca • By visiting an MPI Service Centre

Applications due November 6


Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit launched (October 5, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release) Many

people are still being impacted by COVID-19 and require temporary income support. To ensure that Canadians continue to have the help they need the Government of Canada has introduced three new benefits, delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, opened the application process for the CRSB and the CRCB. Applications for the CRB will be accepted as of October 12, 2020. Recognizing that many Canadians continue to face difficult times, the CRA is providing a simple and efficient application process similar to the one that millions of Canadians relied on to access Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Eligible people can apply for these benefits online through the CRA’s My Account portal or by phone through our automated toll-free phone line. To ensure that the recovery benefits provide more targeted support for those people who continue to need it, the application process includes new elements, such as: • shorter eligibility periods of one week for the CRSB and CRCB and two weeks for the CRB; • retroactive periods, meaning that people will be required to apply after the period has ended; • a 10% tax withholding at source; and • a three-to-five day window to receive payments for applications made by direct deposit, and a 10-12 day window by cheque by mail.

The Government is committed to having safeguards in place to protect Canadians from fraud and non-compliance. To this end, the CRA is taking steps to implement additional verification and security measures up-front, to help ensure that we deliver benefit payments only to people who are entitled to receive them. In some cases, we will ask people to provide us with additional information so that we can verify their eligibility before we process their application. For example, if our records do not show that an applicant has earned the minimum amount of $5000 as required to be eligible, we may ask the applicant to provide documentation to support their claim. As with the CERB, people who have received benefit payments but are later found to be ineligible will be required to repay the amounts. To apply for these benefits, we encourage Canadians to sign up for CRA’s My Account, ensure that personal information with the CRA is up-to-date, and register for direct deposit. People should also file a 2019 tax return, if they haven’t done so yet, as this will reduce the likelihood that we need to request additional information before we can process their application. For information about these benefits including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and eligibility period dates, we encourage Canadians to visit the CRA’s webpages. Quick facts • The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. • The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible people unable to work because they must care for a child under 12 years old or other family member requiring supervised care, who is unable to attend their school or regular care facility, due to Continued on page 5 COVID-19.


Benefits - continued from page 4 • The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support. This benefit supports people who have stopped working due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50% or more. These workers must be available and looking for work, and must accept work when it is reasonable to do so. • People may earn income of up to $38,000 for the calendar year while receiving the CRB. People will have to reimburse $0.50 of the CRB for every dollar of net income earned above $38,000, up to the maximum benefit they received. This will be calculated and repaid as part of their income tax return filing when they do their taxes for the year. • To be eligible for any of the recovery benefits, people must have earned at least $5000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months prior to applying. • People cannot apply for or receive, for the same period, more than one recovery benefit, Employment Insurance benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or Québec Parental Insurance Plan benefits. Associated links • Canada Recovery Benefit • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit • Legislation to support new recovery benefits and extend funding for COVID-19 measures receives Royal Assent

Reminder of Public Engagement on Possible Rural Crime and Metal Theft Legislation As a reminder, the Manitoba government is seeking public feedback until October 31st via an online questionnaire on proposed measures to combat rural crime and metal theft. As announced in an August 31 new release, the province is considering whether to adopt legislation from other provinces to improve Manitoba’s trespass and occupiers’ liability laws and discourage stolen metal sales. This could include amendments to The Petty Trespass Act, to ensure the law is easier to enforce and to prevent confrontations between landowners and trespassers, and to The Occupiers Liability Act to ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. The province will also consider amendments to The Animal Diseases Act to support food safety on Manitoba farms. Manitobans are invited to provide feedback on potential legislation that would enhance biosecurity and reduce hazards at food production premises with livestock or other animals. Provide your feedback through the public engagement questionnaire at https://engagemb.ca until October 31.


Province Provides Update on Dams at Rapid City and Rivers (October 6, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is looking to engage with municipalities in southwest Manitoba on the rehabilitation of two dams, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced here today as he toured the communities of Rapid City and Rivers. “Due to heavy rain activities this summer, the Little Saskatchewan River saw unprecedented flows that put communities and dams located along the river at risk,” said Schuler. “We are working quickly to begin the rehabilitation of these structures so that residents in these communities can feel safe and have confidence in their local infrastructure.” In Rapid City, the earthen portion of the dam was breached and washed out during a heavy rain event on June 29. Preliminary inspections have taken place and the concrete structure does not appear to have sustained any major damage or foundation erosion, the minister noted. The dam is currently being monitored to determine if any minor and immediate repairs are needed to prevent further damage to the control structure. Manitoba Infrastructure is currently exploring options and hiring a consultant to conduct the design for the rehabilitation of the dam. The department will be consulting with the RM of Oakview and other stakeholders as part of the design. A visual inspection of the spillway at Rivers took place in September and initial results have further increased the confidence of Manitoba Infrastructure in the structure. A preliminary design for the rehabilitation of the structure will begin this month, which will include a further assessment of the dam and spillway in November. The department will be consulting with the Riverdale Municipality and other stakeholders as part of the design. The level of Lake Wahtopanah was drawn down to prevent further issues with the dam, which will also allow a complete assessment of the spillway later this year, the minister added.

New Legislation Establishes Safe Hunting, Sustainable Wildlife Management

Manitoba to Extend Moose Hunting Moratorium in Closure Areas, Step Up Enforcement to Help Ensure Public Safety: Ministers (October 9, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is enacting into law the Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management), which will protect Manitoba’s moose population and create a safer and more ethical hunting environment, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen and Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today. “Our government’s number-one concern will always be protecting Manitobans, and that is why this legislation carefully balances Indigenous hunting rights with public safety,” said Pedersen. “In addition, by extending the moose hunting conservation closure moratorium, we will help protect Manitoba’s threatened moose population. We know this is a priority for all hunters.” In 2011, Manitoba announced conservation closures in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas and in Game Hunting Areas (GHA) 12, 13, 13a, 14, 14A, 18, 18B and 18C due to challenges facing moose population in those areas. Closures are also in place in the north Interlake region (GHA 21 and 21A), the Nopiming area (part of GHA 26) and the Turtle Mountain area (GHA 29 and 29A). Despite these conservation closures, the moose population has not recovered to historic levels in those areas due to illegal hunting pressures and natural causes. As a result, the province will extend the moratorium by a year, pausing a limited interim hunting season that had been proposed for 2020 in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas. In addition to human impacts, a number of challenges have had a serious effect on the resurgence of Manitoba’s moose population including parasites and disease, habitat, predation and climate change. The province’s Wildlife and Fisheries Branch has developed a document, Hard to Be a Moose in a Changing World, which examines these impacts. The branch has widely shared this document with Indigenous communities and nonIndigenous hunters, and is committed to working with all hunters to better understand the effects of these factors on the moose population. As part of the proclamation of the act, Manitoba will have the authority to establish shared management committees to provide recommendations for the conservation and management of wildlife in specific areas. Continued on page 7


Safe hunting - continued from page 6 According to the legislation, Indigenous representatives must comprise at least 50 per cent of every shared management committee, and the committees must also include hunters, outfitters and local land owners. The government will create the first shared management committee to discuss moose within the conservation closure areas in order to provide advice on how to reopen these areas to hunting when the moose population rebounds. To protect Manitobans and address the public safety risks of illegal and unethical hunting, the province is prohibiting night hunting effective tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10. Night hunting will be unlawful in Manitoba for all licensed hunters and on private land. However, the province is also announcing the implementation of a permit system to allow opportunities for rights-based hunting on some Crown land, and is putting in place different requirements for northern and southern Manitoba based on extensive Crown-Indigenous consultations that contributed to the development of this legislation. In northern Manitoba, Indigenous hunters may hunt on Crown land and do not need to apply for a permit, though night hunting by rights holders is prohibited near occupied sites and roadways for safety reasons.

In southern Manitoba, night hunting is banned except with a permit that allows rights-based hunting on Crown land, subject to terms and conditions establishing where it can be done safely. “Those who hunt at night must follow all other requirements including not to hunt dangerously,” said Pedersen. Further information, including the permit application and the Hard to Be a Moose in a Changing World, is available at https://gov.mb.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife/ index.html. Manitoba Conservation and Climate will undertake robust enforcement of these new rules immediately. “There are critical safety concerns for both Manitobans and moose that we must consider, so we are ramping up our enforcement efforts in these areas to ensure the safety of all Manitobans,” said Guillemard. “Conservation officers will continue to prioritize enforcement against illegal night hunting, including with night-time flights, and a reallocation of resources to address key areas of concern.”


October 16, 2020

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Manitoba Beef Producers Statement re: AgriRecovery Initiative Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) recognizes the important financial support being made available through Agri-Recovery for the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program. Manitoba’s cattle sector, like the rest of the Canadian industry has been adversely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including processing disruptions in the early months of the pandemic which backed up cattle through the system and have created added costs for the industry. MBP thanks the federal government for its 60 per cent funding contribution to the pro gram and appreciated the opportunity this week to discuss matters affecting Manitoba’s beef industry with the Honourable Marie Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri -Food. MBP also acknowledges the role the Government of Manitoba will play in administering this program by processing applications and flowing payments under it. The Program will allocate up to $2.5 million in AgriRecovery disaster relief funding to assist eli gible Manitoba producers. Owners of finished cattle have under December 1, 2020 to apply for $1.20/day/animal to “help offset costs to feed animals beyond their expected marketing dates , due to slaughter plant closures and operational reductions resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks, or disease control measures.” The program covers eligible extraordinary costs incurred between April 15, 2020 and August 31, 2020. MBP continues to advocate with both federal and provincial government officials for more responsive business risk management programs and tools to help the beef industry mitigate risk. -30Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,300 producers. MBP’s mission is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education - within the industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future. For further information contact: Carson Callum, General Manager Phone: 204.772.4542

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News Release For immediate release

Supporting Manitoba’s cattle producers impacted by the pandemic October 15, 2020 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Today, the Honourable Marie Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, Blaine Pedersen, announced the launch of the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program, which will provide up to $2.5 million to in direct support to Manitoba cattle producers impacted by the pandemic. The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program will provide owners of finished cattle $1.20 per day per animal to help offset costs to feed animals beyond their expected marketing dates, due to slaughter plant closures and operational reductions resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks, or disease control measures. Cattle producers can now apply for support, the deadline for application is December 1, 2020. The program will cover eligible extraordinary costs incurred between April 15, 2020 and August 31, 2020. Funding for the program is provided by the Government of Canada. The province of Manitoba will administer program applications and payments to producers. The funding is provided through AgriRecovery, a Federal-Provincial-Territorial disaster relief framework to help producers faced with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from disasters. Last May, the Government of Canada announced the launch of national AgriRecovery initiatives of up to $100 million in assistance for extraordinary costs of managing livestock backed-up on farms (pork and cattle), due to the temporary closure of food processing plants affected by COVID-19. Extraordinarily for the 2020-21 fiscal year, the federal government announced it will provide the federal share of funding without requiring provincial contributions, and will cover 90 per cent of eligible extraordinary costs, up from 70 per cent. Quote “COVID-19 forced a bottleneck in our processing plants and a backup in demand that caused stress and added costs on our cattle producers. Our Government acted swiftly to announce supports such as the Emergency Processing Fund and national AgriRecovery initiatives that have helped our producers to continue to supply their top quality products to Canadians. With today’s announcement, our Government is directly helping Manitoba cattle producers with added costs they faced during this unprecedented time.” - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food


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AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework that is part of a suite of federal-provincialterritorial (FPT) Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. It is intended to work together with the core BRM programs to help agricultural producers recover from natural disasters. AgriRecovery Initiatives for cattle set-aside programs have also been announced in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Federal, provincial and territorial governments invest, on average, close to $1.6 billion annually in business risk management programs to help producers remain viable under difficult circumstance. These programs include AgriInsurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest, and AgriRecovery.

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Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program AgriRecovery Supporting Canada’s farmers, food businesses, and food supply Canada and Ontario Support Beef and Hog Farmers During COVID-19 Fed Cattle Feed Cost Offset Initiative bid process opens June 29 Government Of Saskatchewan Supporting Livestock Producers During COVID-19 Canada and Ontario Support Beef and Hog Farmers During COVID-19

Contacts Jean-Sébastien Comeau Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food jean-sebastien.comeau@canada.ca 343-549-2326 Media Relations Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa, Ontario 613-773-7972 1-866-345-7972 aafc.mediarelations-relationsmedias.aac@canada.ca Follow us on Twitter: @AAFC_Canada Like us on Facebook: CanadianAgriculture John Neufeld Public Affairs Specialist Government of Manitoba 204-945-3812 John.Neufeld@gov.mb.ca


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Manitoba RCMP launches trial of online crime reporting system for non-emergency incidents “The Manitoba RCMP is constantly looking for different ways to make it easier for individuals to report crime,” said Superintendent Joanne Keeping, East District Commander for the Manitoba RCMP. “With the new Online Crime Reporting Effective October 15, 2020, Manitobans living in system, it is our hope that we are making the reporting of crime communities policed by Selkirk, Red River North, and a simpler process.” Grand Marais RCMP detachments will be able to report certain non-emergency incidents online. The The Online Crime Reporting system is open to individuals and following communities and surrounding areas will be can be accessed through the Manitoba RCMP website, https:// able to access the new online tool (see communities www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb/ or directly through, https://ocreon right): sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/MANITOBA. (October 15, 2020 Manitoba RCMP News Release)

The Manitoba RCMP is launching a trial run for its new online crime reporting tool.

With the new reporting system, Manitobans will be able to report the following crimes online: • • • • •

Damage/mischief to property under $5,000 Theft of bicycle under $5,000 Theft under $5,000 Theft from vehicle under $5,000 Lost property

Based on the results of this trial, the program may be expanded to communities across Manitoba. COMMUNITIES • Balsam Harbour • Beaconia • Bélair • Birds Hill • Brokenhead Ojibway Nation • Clandeboye • East Selkirk • Gonor • Grand Beach • Grand Marais • Halcyon Cove • Kirkness • Libau • Little Britain • Lockport • Middlechurch • Narol • Netley • Petersfield • RM of Alexander • RM of East St Paul • RM of St. Andrews • RM of St. Clements • RM of West St Paul • Selkirk • Thalberg • Whitesand Estates

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Government of Canada launches applications for the Canada Recovery Benefit (October 12, 2020 Canada Revenue Agency News Release) Many people continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 and require temporary income support. To ensure that Canadians continue to receive the help they need the Government of Canada has introduced three new benefits, delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, opened the application process for the CRB. Applications for the CRSB and the CRCB opened on October 5, 2020.

The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who have stopped working or had their employment/selfemployment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for EI. The CRA is providing a simple and efficient application process for the CRB similar to the one that millions of Canadians relied on to access Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Eligible people can apply for these benefits online through the CRA’s My Account portal or by phone through our automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. To ensure that the recovery benefits provide more targeted support for those people who continue to need it, the application process for the CRB includes new elements, such as: • shorter eligibility periods of two weeks; • retroactive periods, meaning that people will be required to apply after the two-week period has ended; • a 10% tax withholding at source; meaning that people will receive payments of $900 for each two-week eligibility period; • a three-to-five day window to receive payments for applications made by direct deposit, and a 10-12 day window for cheque by mail. The Government is committed to having safeguards in place to protect Canadians from fraud and non-compliance. To this end, the CRA is taking steps to implement additional verification and security measures up-front, to help ensure that we deliver benefit payments only to people who are entitled to receive them.

For information about these benefits including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and eligibility period dates, we encourage Canadians to visit the CRA’s webpages. Quick facts • The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit provides $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. • The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible people unable to work because they must care for a child under 12 years old or other family member requiring supervised care, who is unable to attend their school or regular care facility, due to COVID-19. • People may earn income of up to $38,000 for the calendar year while receiving the Canada Recovery Benefit. People will have to reimburse $0.50 of the Canada Recovery Benefit for every dollar of net income earned above $38,000, up to the maximum benefit they received. This will be calculated and repaid as part of their income tax return filing when they do their taxes for the year. • To be eligible for any of the recovery benefits, people must have earned at least $5000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months prior to applying. • To be eligible for the Canada Recovery Benefit, individuals must be available and looking for work, and must accept work when it is reasonable to do so • In some cases, we will ask people to provide us with additional information so that we can verify their eligibility before we process their application. For example, if our records do not show that an applicant has earned the minimum amount of $5000 as required to be eligible, we may ask the applicant to provide documentation to support their claim. As with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, people who have received benefit payments but are later found to be ineligible will be required to repay the amounts. • People cannot apply for or receive, for the same period, more than one Recovery Benefit, Employment Insurance benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or Québec Parental Insurance Plan benefits.

To apply for these benefits, we encourage Canadians to sign up for CRA’s My Account, ensure that personal information with the CRA is up-to-date, and register for direct deposit. People are Associated links encouraged to file a 2019 tax return, if they haven’t done so yet, as • New Canada Recovery Benefits: What to expect this will reduce the likelihood that the CRA would need to request • Canada Recovery Benefit additional information before the application could be processed. • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit • Legislation to support new recovery benefits and extend funding for COVID-19 measures receives Royal Assent


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New Agricultural Crown Land Credit Supports Beef Producers Affected by Dry Conditions New Initiative Supports Ongoing Provincial Investments in LongTerm Success of Beef Sector: Pedersen October 16, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The province is helping position the Manitoba beef industry for success through a number of new and ongoing measures, including a one-time rent credit for agricultural Crown land leaseholders and enhanced risk management tools, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “The last few years have been challenging for livestock producers, with dry conditions and new financial pressures,” Pedersen said. “I’m pleased to announce that our government is introducing a number of measures to support beef producers in our province, which will build on other investments that recognize the importance of this sector to Manitoba’s economy.”

Recognizing the importance of agricultural Crown lands to Manitoba’s beef industry, family farms, biodiversity and the sustainability of the animal protein industry, the province will continue to meet its commitments to legacy leaseholders. The province will provide a mechanism for infamily renewals at the end of each 15-year lease term on any leases that were in place prior to Oct. 1, 2019. Producers and stakeholders can continue to provide input on agricultural Crown land leases and permits as part of an online regulatory consultation. For more information, visit https://reg.gov.mb.ca/detail/3313599. The deadline for comments is Nov. 16.

The province also continues to support other initiatives focused on the sustainability and success of the beef sector. The federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership is investing $2.85 million over five years with the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives, a partnership Very dry conditions resulted in 18 municipalities between Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited declaring a local state of agricultural emergency in Canada and the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands 2019. Drier than normal conditions continued in 2020. Association to enhance productivity, profitability, In response, the province will provide a one-time, 20 sustainability and public trust of the beef industry in per cent rent credit to producers who held a forage Manitoba. lease or renewable permit on agricultural Crown lands (ACL) in these municipalities in 2019 and will continue In addition, the province is providing $300,000 over three to hold it in 2021. This 20 per cent account credit will years to support an industry-led pilot project to reduce deliver more than $530,000 to producers, based on wildlife predation of cattle and sheep in Manitoba. The their 2021 rental rate. On average, each client will Livestock Predation Pilot Project will help producers most receive more than $430 in rent credits, which will be wildlife predation of cattle and sheep in Manitoba. The applied to their ACL rental rate in 2021. Livestock Predation Pilot Project will help producers most affected by predation to develop individual risk The minister also noted several new improvements will management plans, while also supporting broader be made to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation industry-wide efforts to test a variety of risk programs including: management approaches and share knowledge and best • a new pilot project to evaluate the potential of index- practices to reduce losses. based forage insurance products, in partnership with For more information and tools supporting beef the governments of Canada, Alberta and producers in Manitoba, visit: Saskatchewan; www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/beef/ • changes for the 2021 AgriInsurance contract to index.html. introduce individual productivity indexing for silage corn and increasing the transportation allowance within the forage insurance dollar value and Hay Disaster Benefit for the Forage Insurance Program; and • working with industry to reduce the impact of disaster years on insurance coverage, reduce participant burden and increase awareness of forage insurance options.


FAQs 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program 1. What is the purpose of the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Fed Cattle Feed Assistance Program? The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program provides assistance to Manitoba cattle producers who experienced extraordinary feeding costs and an inability to market finished cattle due to Alberta slaughter plant closures and disruptions caused by COVID-19. 2. Who is eligible for this initiative? Applicants must:  be an individual who is 18 years of age or older at the time of application, a partnership, a corporation, a cooperative, a commune or a First Nation. Research stations, government funded agencies or institutions, Federally Licensed Beef Slaughter Facilities or Provincially Licensed Beef Slaughter Facilities are not eligible. 

have owned the finished cattle and been responsible for feeding expenses of the finished cattle in Canada while the cattle were ready for slaughter but could not be marketed due to impacts of COVID-19 slaughter plant disruptions

be liable to pay income tax in Manitoba under the Income Tax Act (Canada), or is specifically exempted from filing income tax but is a permanent resident of Canada.

3. How much assistance can I expect? Eligible applicants will receive $1.20 per Eligible Animal for each day in the Extraordinary Feeding Period to a maximum of 63 days. The maximum payment is $75.60 per head. 4. What cattle are eligible for this Initiative? Cattle must be steers with minimum weight of 1,400 pounds or heifers with minimum weight of 1,300 pounds. Cattle must have been owned by the applicant for at least 60 days immediately prior to slaughter. Cattle must have been slaughtered between April 29, 2020 and August 31, 2020. The Extraordinary Feeding Period for these cattle must have been greater than 14 days. 5. What is the Extraordinary Feeding Period? The Extraordinary Feeding period begins on the later of April 15, 2020, or when cattle reached the minimum weight for eligibility. The Extraordinary Feeding Period ends on August 31, 2020, or the slaughter date of the cattle, whichever is earlier.

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6. How do I apply? Visit our website for an application www.gov.mb.ca/en/agriculture/financial-assistance/Pages/cattle-feed-assistance.html You may also receive an application by email. Simply send an email to agriculture@gov.mb.ca, or call 204-937-6460 or 204-627-8255. If you wish to receive a printed copy of the application form by mail, please call 204-937-6460. Applicants must complete and submit an application form and verification of the slaughter of cattle to the program administrator  By mail Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Box 970 Roblin, MB R0L 1P0  By fax 204-937-3608  By email agriculture@gov.mb.ca  To verify the receipt of your application by email, send email, with no attachments, to agriculture@gov.mb.ca or call 204-937-6460 or 204-627-8255.

7. When can I expect to receive my payment? Applicants should expect to receive payments four to six weeks after submitting an application. 8. Are animals I own eligible if they were custom fed by a contractor? Yes. 9. Am I eligible if I am custom feeding cattle I do not own? No. Applicants must have owned slaughter cattle to be eligible. 10. Are animals other than cattle eligible for the program? No. The only species eligible for assistance under this program is beef cattle. 11. What is the penalty for providing false or misleading information? Applicants who provide false or misleading information to the Initiative Administrator may forego all Initiative payments, and be liable to repay all Initiative payments they have received and may be subject to prosecution. 12. Is there an appeal process? Yes. The minister will establish an appeal process. Appeals must be submitted in writing within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of payment or of notice of the decision.

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SCHEDULE “A” 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program Terms and Conditions DESCRIPTION The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program provides assistance to Manitoba cattle producers who experienced extraordinary costs because of Alberta beef slaughter plant closures and capacity reductions related to COVID-19. The Program provides financial support to owners of finished cattle to offset extraordinary feeding costs to feed animals beyond their expected marketing dates due to slaughter plant closures and operational reductions resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks or disease control measures. DEFINITIONS: “AAFC” means Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. “Administrator” means Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development or any entity engaged by the Government of Manitoba to carry out administrative activities in connection with the Program including Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation. “Application Form” means the form required by the Administrator for Program participation as described in Section 2. “Average Minimum Weight” means cattle weighing individually, or, as part of a reasonably uniform group (lot) of steers or heifers whose average weight is a minimum of 635 kilograms (1,400 lbs) for steers and 590 kilograms (1,300 lbs) for heifers. “Eligible Animals” means animals that meet the criteria outlined in Section 4. “Extraordinary Feed Days” means days beginning April 15th 2020 and ending August 31st 2020 that Eligible Animals were on feed and were unable to be marketed to a slaughter facility due to COVID-19. “Intended Marketing Date” means the approximate day animals were intended to reach slaughter weight and be slaughter ready, and would have been slaughtered if not for COVID-19 interruptions at slaughter plants. “MASC” means Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation. “Minister” means The Minister of Agriculture and and AgriFood Canada, and includes any person authorized to act on the Minister’s behalf. “Program” means the 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program. “Slaughter Date” means the day an Eligible Animal was slaughtered at a beef processing facility and signifies the end of Extraordinary Feed Days. 1

ELIGIBILITY 1.1.

An applicant must: 1.1.1.be an individual who is 18 years of age or older at the time of application, or a partnership, a corporation, a cooperative, a commune or a First Nation, and must not be a research station or government funded agency or institution nor a federally licensed beef slaughter facility or a provincially licensed beef slaughter facility; 1.1.2.have owned the Eligible Animals and been responsible for feeding expenses of the Eligible Animals in Canada during the Extraordinary Feed Days;


1.1.3.be liable to pay income tax in Manitoba under the Income Tax Act (Canada), or is specifically exempted from filing income tax but is a permanent resident of Canada; and 1.1.4.be able to provide: 1.1.4.1. a Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Premises Identification Number (or proof of application for such identification number) if the Eligible Animals are located in Manitoba; or 1.1.4.2. a valid premise identification number of a custom feedlot operator housing the Eligible Animals if the Eligible Animals are located in another province. 1.2.

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Additional factors may be considered in determining the eligibility of the applicant, including the provision of false or misleading information by the applicant under other AAFC, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development or MASC programming, and amounts due and owing by the applicant under other AAFC, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development or MASC programming.

APPLICATION 2.1.

Applicants must complete and sign the Application Form prescribed by the Administrator, declaring that they have met all terms and conditions and that the information is complete and accurate.

2.2.

Application Forms must be accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the Administrator supporting the claim of costs incurred of feeding Eligible Animals during the Extraordinary Feed Days.

2.3.

Completed and signed Application Forms must be received by the Administrator by December 1, 2020. 2.3.1.If submitted by mail, the postmark must be no later than December 1, 2020. 2.3.2.If submitted by fax or email, evidence may be required if the Application Form was not received by December 1, 2020.

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Designates of the applicant are not permitted to sign the Application Form unless they are a duly authorized Power of Attorney or an executor/executrix, proof of which is to be provided with the signed document.

DETERMINATION OF EXTRAORDINARY FEED DAYS 3.1.

The Administrator will calculate and determine the number of Extraordinary Feed days, as the lowest of: 3.1.1.63 days; 3.1.2.number of days between April 15, 2020 and the Slaughter Date of the Eligible Animals; 3.1.3.number of days beginning when the animals became Eligible Animals and ending on the Slaughter Date of the Eligible Animals; or 3.1.4.number of days beginning when the animals became Eligible Animals and ending August 31, 2020.

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ELIGIBLE ANIMALS must meet the following criteria 4.1.

To qualify as an Eligible Animal, the animal: 4.1.1. must be a beef steer or beef heifer that has reached the Average Minimum Weight; 4.1.2.must have been fed in Canada by an eligible applicant for minimum 60 days prior to Slaughter Date, and 14 days after reaching Average Minimum Weight;


4.1.3.must have missed the Intended Marketing Date due to slaughter interruptions related to COVID-19; 4.1.4.must have had attached approved Radio Frequency Identification tags and number or animal identification number approved by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency; and 4.1.5.must have a Slaughter Date between April 29th, 2020 and August 31st 2020. 5

INELIGIBLE ANIMALS 5.1.

Without limitation, the following are not eligible to participate in the Program: 5.1.1.cows and bulls; 5.1.2.animals owned in whole or in part by a federally licensed beef slaughter facility or a provincially licensed beef slaughter facility; and 5.1.3.animals slaughtered before April 29th, 2020 or after August 31st, 2020

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PAYMENTS 6.1.

Subject to Section 4, the Administrator will make payments to the applicant as follows for an amount determined as follows: 6.1.1.Number of Extraordinary Feed Days multiplied by Number of Eligible Animals multiplied by $1.20.

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Payments will not be issued for Eligible Animals with Extraordinary Feed Days of less than 14 days.

6.3.

Payments will not be issued for applications from Eligible Applicants with fewer than 5 Eligible Animals.

6.4.

Payments will not be issued for applications resulting in payments of less than $200.

6.5.

Any payment made under these terms and conditions is subject to an appropriation of funds by the Parliament of Canada and the Legislature of Manitoba in the fiscal year in which such payment is due.

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Payments cannot be assigned or deferred to a subsequent tax year.

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Tax information documentation required under the Income Tax Act (Canada) will be issued in the name of the applicant.

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Payments will be considered allowable income for the purposes of the AgriStability program in the Program Year only. Payments will not be considered allowable income for calculation of reference margin. Payments will not be considered allowable revenue for the purposes of the AgriInvest program.

TERMINATION OF PROGRAM 7.1.

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The Program may be terminated by Canada at any time, without prior notice.

VERIFICATION AND DECLARATIONS 8.1.

The applicant agrees to supply the Administrator with all documentation or information required to verify eligibility for payment and to administer the Program, including documents verifying the death of Eligible Animals, Slaughter Date, and weight of the Eligible Animal on Slaughter Date. On request, the applicant agrees to provide to the Administrator any and all financial, production or other records or agreements relating to the applicant’s purchase, transport, care or feeding of Eligible Animals.

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The applicant agrees that the Administrator will have full access to their farming operation to verify Program eligibility and to determine payments under the Program.

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The Administrator may verify any information submitted to the Program through random inspections and/or on farm audits.


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The applicant expressly authorizes the Administrator to obtain information from AAFC, any government department, agency or third party for the purposes of verifying the basis of the Program payments or any other information provided by the applicant under the Program.

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The applicant consents to the Administrator releasing any information provided or obtained to AAFC, any government department, agency, or third party for the purposes of auditing and/or evaluating the Program, verifying the application or determining the applicant’s eligibility for the Program or other related Programs.

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The applicant agrees to, and shall disclose payments or in-kind contributions from industry, federal, provincial or municipal governments which was received in respect of the activities and objectives of the Program. This requirement excludes any payments received under the AgriStability, AgriInsurance and AgriInvest programs.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY 9.1.

The applicant acknowledges that, the Government of Canada and/or the Government of Manitoba are not liable to the applicant, the applicant's heirs, administrators and assigns for personal injury, property damage, or any other damage, injury, claim or loss whatsoever arising out of this Program and the applicant’s participation in the Program.

10 REFUNDS/OVERPAYMENTS 10.1. If the Administrator determines that a payment in contravention of these Terms and Conditions has been received by the applicant, such payment will be considered to be a debt owing by the applicant to the Government of Canada; 10.2. The applicant agrees to repay any debt established under Subsection 10.1 to the Government of Manitoba within thirty (30) days of notice being provided to them. Interest charges based on an annual interest rate of 3% will be added to any debt not repaid by the prescribed deadline. 11 FALSE OR MISLEADING INFORMATION 11.1. Applicants who provide false or misleading information to the Administrator may forego all payments, and be liable to repay all payments they have received and may be subject to prosecution. 12 CONFLICT OF INTEREST 12.1. No member of the House of Commons or of Senate shall be allowed to derive any financial advantage or benefit under the Program that would not be permitted under the Parliament of Canada Act. 12.2. Individuals who are subject to the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act, 2006, c. 9, s 2, the Parliament of Canada Act, the Conflict of Interest Code for members of the House of Commons, the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders, the Value and Ethics Code for the Public Service, or any other values and ethics codes applicable within provincial or territorial governments or specific organizations cannot derive any direct benefit resulting from the Program unless the provision or receipt of such benefit is in compliance with such legislation and codes. 12.3. No civil service employee shall be allowed to derive any financial advantage or benefit under the Program unless the provision or receipt of such advantage or benefit is in compliance with these Terms and Conditions and all applicable conflict of interest policies. 12.4. No current or former member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, current or former member of the Executive Council, or current or former senior public servant to whom The Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Conflict of Interest Act applies shall derive any advantage or benefit from the Program unless the provision or receipt of such advantage or benefit is in compliance with such legislation. 13 COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION/PROTECTION OF PRIVACY


13.1. The applicant’s personal information is being collected by the Administrator under the authority of section 36(1)(b) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA (Manitoba)) as it is directly related to and necessary for the purposes of determining eligibility for and administration of the Program. 13.2. The applicant’s personal information will be disclosed to AAFC, and any third party engaged as Administrator for Program administration purposes. It may also be disclosed to AAFC, or a third party, for audit and/or evaluation of the Program. 13.3. The applicant’s personal information is protected by FIPPA (Manitoba) and the Administrator cannot use the applicant’s personal information for other purposes, unless authorized to do so by FIPPA (Manitoba). Questions concerning the collection, use or disclosure of the applicant’s personal information should be directed to the Access and Privacy Coordinator, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development at 204-726-6399. 13.4. The applicant’s personal information may be used to verify eligibility for other MAFRD or MASC programs or Programs, including other components of the Program, to contact the applicant for further information or clarification or to communicate any future programs that the applicant may be interested in. 13.5. In order to submit an application and be eligible for participation in the Program, the applicant must consent to the following: 13.5.1. of the Administrator disclosing the applicant’s personal information collected on the Application Form and through the Program to AAFC and any third party engaged as Administrator for Program administration purposes (including other components of the Program and to communicate any future programs that the applicant may be interested in); 13.5.2. of the Administrator disclosing the applicant’s personal information collected on the Application Form and through the Program to AAFC, or a third party, for audit and/or evaluation purposes for the Program (including for participation in any surveys, focus groups, or interviews); 13.5.3. supplying any other relevant and required documentation to the Administrator to confirm eligibility for the Program; 13.5.4. participating in any surveys, focus groups, interviews or other methods for the purpose of evaluation of the Program; 13.5.5. allowing AAFC and the Administrator access to the applicant’s relevant and required documentation (including those provided under Section 8 of this Schedule “A”) and premises for the purposes of audit and/or evaluation of the Program; and 13.5.6. the indirect collection of personal information by the Administrator from someone other than the applicant to verify Program eligibility or for evaluation and/or audit purposes of the Program. 14 RIGHT OF SET-OFF 14.1. The Government of Canada may set-off any amount payable to the applicant against any amount due and owing by the applicant under the Program; 15 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 15.1. The applicant represents and warrants that the person signing is duly authorized to make this application, bind the applicant, and, in the case of a partnership, bind the partners to these Program Terms and Conditions on the basis of joint and several liabilities. 16 APPEALS 16.1. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Administrator within 60 days of receiving the Program payment notification or March 31, 2021, whichever is later. 17 CHANGES TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS


17.1. The Minister may revise, alter or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting the revised Terms and Conditions on the MASC website. The applicant is responsible to monitor the MASC website for any such revisions, alterations or amendments. 17.2. Applications shall be administered and governed by the Terms and Conditions posted on the MASC website as of the date the application is received. 18 REGISTRATION OF LOBBYISTS 18.1. A person lobbying, as defined in the federal Lobbying Act, on behalf of an applicant must be registered pursuant to the Act. For greater clarity, this Act excludes from registration, among others, members of the Provincial Legislature or their staffs and employees of the provincial government.


October 23, 2020

mbbeef.ca

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Beef Producers virtual district meetings continue next week. Chat with MBP representatives and fellow beef producers to discuss issues affecting your district and industry. Online registration is available through this page.


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


Announcement from CLTS about Tag ID (Canadian Cattle Identification Agency Website)

The Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) has moved from a 9-digit tag ID to a 15-digit system effective October 1, 2020. This change is being implemented for greater security and identification within the Tag ID protocol. A note will be displayed on top of the Tag Input section reminding users of this new requirement. While the CLTS is changing to a 15-digit system, your tags will not be changing. Tags already contain a 15-digit number and they will be remaining this way. The change is only required when entering tag numbers into the database moving forward, no action is required at this time. This shift will be implemented in three phases as below: Phase 1: Effective October 1, 2020, 15-digit tag ID input will be mandatory when using directly online method to upload data in the CLTS Phase 2: Effective December 18, 2020, 15-digit tag ID input will be mandatory when using File Upload method Phase 3: Effective April 2, 2021, 15-digit tag ID input will be mandatory when using web services

October 31 Deadline for Comments on Possible Rural Crime & Metal Theft Legislation As a reminder, the Manitoba government is seeking public feedback until October 31st via an online questionnaire on proposed measures to combat rural crime and metal theft. As announced in an August 31 new release, the province is considering whether to adopt legislation from other provinces to improve Manitoba’s trespass and occupiers’ liability laws and discourage stolen metal sales. This could include amendments to The Petty Trespass Act, to ensure the law is easier to enforce and to prevent confrontations between landowners and trespassers, and to The Occupiers Liability Act to ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. The province will also consider amendments to The Animal Diseases Act to support food safety on Manitoba farms. Manitobans are invited to provide feedback on potential legislation that would enhance biosecurity and reduce hazards at food production premises with livestock or other animals.

Provide your feedback through the public engagement questionnaire at https:// engagemb.ca until October 31.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is the Responsible Administrator for beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and cervids. For more information contact them as follows: 1-877-909-2333 or info@canadaid.ca or visit www.canadaid.ca

Applications due Nov. 6


Province Taking Action to Reinforce Public Health Orders (Higher Fines, Increased Enforcement) (October 21, 2020 Province of Manitoba News Release)

The Manitoba government is increasing the fine amounts for those who fail to comply with public health and emergency orders, Premier Brian Pallister announced. “The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our province is concerning, which is why our government is taking further action to protect Manitobans,” said Pallister. “Along with stronger public health orders, these new and substantially higher fines are an additional tool to help keep Manitobans safe.” Amendments have been made to the Preset Fines and Offence Descriptions Regulation that establish new fine amounts for failure to comply with public health and emergency orders. For individuals, the fine was previously $486 and will now rise to $1,296. This will be the second highest such fine level in Canada. For corporations, the fine was previously $2,542 and will now rise to $5,000. In addition to higher fines, the Manitoba government will continue to increase enforcement of the public health orders across the province. Agencies with the authority to enforce these orders include the RCMP and other police agencies, the Health Protection Unit, Manitoba Conservation and Climate, Workplace Safety and Health, and the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority. The Manitoba government is also working to amend existing provincial regulations to enable municipal bylaw enforcement officers to enforce public health and emergency orders.

Larger fines and increased enforcement of public health orders are the latest measure undertaken by the Manitoba government to combat COVID-19 in the province. In recent weeks, a number of proactive measures have also been taken including more than doubling testing capacity, signing an agreement to substantially increase contact tracing and partnering with Red River College to rapidly train additional staff to work on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. “The fight against COVID is a team effort that requires all hands on deck and I know Manitobans are ready to do their part,” said Pallister. “By following the fundamentals and complying with our public health orders, we can protect each other and reduce the risk of COVID-19.” As of Oct. 12, 134 tickets for failing to comply with Manitoba’s public health and emergency orders had been filed with the Provincial Offences Court. The new fine levels come into effect today. A copy of the most recent orders under the Public Health Act is available on the Manitoba government website at https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/ proactive/2020_2021/orders-soecapital-10192020.pdf


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Province Seeking Applicants for Membership to Youth Advisory Council on Climate (October 20, 2020 Government of Manitoba News Release)

The province has opened another selection process for membership to the Youth Advisory Council on climate, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced. “Young people want to be heard, as they have valuable ideas and solutions to add to the discussion that will help our government implement the Made-inManitoba Climate and Green Plan,” said Guillemard. “We were pleased to have so many strong candidates when we launched the Youth Advisory Council last year and we look forward to hearing from more dedicated young Manitobans this year.” The Youth Advisory Council reports to the independent Expert Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the minister of conservation and climate on all aspects of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan including its climate, jobs, water and nature pillars.

“The Expert Advisory Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Youth Advisory Council. Addressing climate change requires energetic thinking, collaboration and urgent action among Manitobans, businesses, academia and governments,” said Colleen Sklar, chair of the Expert Advisory Council. “It is important that we continue to hear the voices of youth as we collectively work to provide advice on delivering the Made-inManitoba Climate and Green Plan.” The first Youth Advisory Council call for applications received more than 85 entries and led to a selection of nine members representing Manitoba’s diversity with a commitment to making a difference. The deadline for this second round of applications for membership is Oct. 30. For more information on the Youth Advisory Council and the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, or to apply, visit www.gov.mb.ca/climateandgreenplan/ yac.html.

Agricultural Crown Land Program Modernization Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Legacy Lease Renewal Process Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development is seeking feedback on the proposed renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits on agricultural Crown lands. Legacy forage leases and renewable permits are those dispositions that were in place prior to October 1, 2019. The proposed change will ensure that family farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of these legacy forage leases and renewable permits. This proposal contributes to the modernization of the Agricultural Crown Lands leasing program, and delivers on the commitment made to stakeholders in October 2019. Stakeholders are invited to review the regulatory amendment proposal available on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation portal. Comments are encouraged to be submitted online prior to the engagement deadline of November 16, 2020.

Should you be unable to access the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal, you may contact Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development staff at 204-868-0684 to request email/fax/mail copies of the associated documents. Comments can be submitted through one of the following methods and must be received no later than the closing date of November 16, 2020. 1. Email: agcrownlands@gov.mb.ca 2. Fax: 204-867-6578 3. Mail: Agriculture Crown Lands, PO Box 1286, Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0


October 30, 2020

mbbeef.ca

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Beef Producers virtual district meetings wrap up next week. Chat with MBP representatives and fellow beef producers to discuss issues affecting your district and industry. Online registration is available through this page.


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/


October 30, 2020 MANITOBA TAKES DECISIVE ACTION TO HALT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 ––– #RestartMB Pandemic Response System Moves to Critical (red) in Winnipeg Metro Region, Restricted (orange) in Rest of Province: Roussin

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced provincewide changes to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System today in order to halt the growing community transmission of COVID19 in Manitoba. “We have pleaded with Manitobans to follow the fundamentals and to significantly reduce their contacts, and the numbers continue in the wrong direction,” said Roussin. “It is our hope that these new restrictions will help to halt the spread of this virus in order to ensure our health-care system is there for those who need it. I hope that this is a clear signal to Manitobans, and in particular the Winnipeg Metro Region, that we need to stay home, keep our distance and make a necessary collective sacrifice to protect all Manitobans.” The announcement included: • Critical level (red) in the Winnipeg Metro Region – Effective Monday, Nov. 2, the Winnipeg Metro Region will move to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This includes the following changes: - Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery. - Most retail will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity. - Sports and recreation programming will be suspended. - Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising. - Movie theatres and concert halls will close. - Personal services have no change and stay at 50 per cent capacity. - Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics will be suspended. Scheduled surgeries in a number of essential and time-sensitive areas will continue to be performed including cancer, cardiac and trauma. Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgeries are affected. - Visitation at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for patients receiving end-of-life care, in labour and delivery, as well as in pediatrics. - Faith-based gatherings are reduced to 15 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower. • Restricted level (orange) in rest of Manitoba: The Southern Health–Santé Sud, Prairie Mountain Health and Interlake–Eastern health regions will move to the Restricted level (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System effective Monday, Nov. 2, joining the Northern health region at orange. Changes for these regions include: - Public and private group gathering sizes limited to five, in addition to household. - Capacity limited to 50 per cent at restaurants and bars, with group sizes limited to five. - Reduced retail capacity to 50 per cent, encouraging limiting those who go shopping from each household. - Blended learning for grades 9 to 12, voluntary blended learning temporarily available for kindergarten to Grade 8, encouraging as much physical distancing as possible. - Personal services have no change and stay at 50 per cent capacity. - Reduced spectators at sports and recreation facilities to 25 per cent. - Gyms and fitness centers require contact information for all attendees and mask use at all times, except when exercising. - Faith-based gatherings are reduced to 20 per cent or 250 people, whichever is lower.


“The incubation period for this virus is up to 14 days – if we limit our contacts and stay home, we could see drastic reductions in transmission within weeks,” said Dr. Roussin. “We have done this before and I am confident we can do it again. But we need to be serious about this if we want to bend the curve.” In addition to these changes, the province is encouraging businesses in the Winnipeg Metro Region, including the public service, to have staff work from home wherever possible, and for residents to stay home when sick and take whatever action possible to reduce their contacts and otherwise gathering in public. “While our system continues to have capacity to care for the health needs of Manitobans, these case numbers can be expected to result in a surge in demand on our health system over the coming weeks,” said Lanette Siragusa, provincial lead, health system integration, quality, and chief nursing officer, Shared Health. “The time to increase capacity is now. We are taking every necessary step to safely ramp down elective and non-urgent services so that we can redeploy staff and other resources to areas of increased demand. We are adding beds to existing areas, preparing to convert existing beds from their current use and identifying staff who can be oriented to new areas.” “We have a plan. We have equipment and space and supplies. And we are working through the details of the staffing and models of care to support the safe delivery of health services now and for the weeks to come,” Siragusa added. Manitobans are still strongly encouraged to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19: • People must stay home if sick. • Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. • If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk. • Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. • Get a flu shot. Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html. - 30 Backgrounder is available on the next page


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PANDEMIC RESPONSE SYSTEM CHANGES EFFECTIVE NOV. 2 The Southern Health–Santé Sud, the Interlake–Eastern, Prairie Mountain Health and Northern health regions will fall under the Restricted level (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System effective Monday, Nov 2. The following measures will be in place: Sector Gathering sizes

Restaurants and bars

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Sports and Recreation Activities Gyms and Fitness

New restrictions under Orange level  Public and private group gathering sizes limited to five, in addition to household.  Limiting contacts from outside household is strongly encouraged.  Mask use is mandatory in indoor public places.  Table/group sizes limited to five.  Capacity limited to 50 per cent.  No tables larger than 10.  No alcohol after 10 p.m., closed at 11 p.m.  Noise limited to 80dB.  Screening and patron registration.  Patrons must remain at their table except in specific circumstances.  Formally reduce capacity to 50 per cent.  Reduced gathering sizes of five apply to public common areas of malls.  Food courts should operate at 50 per cent capacity.  Encourage limiting the number of people from each household who go shopping.  Blended learning required for grades 9 to 12.  Voluntary blended learning temporarily available for kindergarten to Grade 8.  Schools are advised to ensure as much physical distancing as possible (two metres). Cohorts or remote/blended learning is required when this is not possible.  Reduce spectators to 25 per cent of capacity.  Encourage one parent only to attend children’s activities.  

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Casinos and VLTs Museums, Galleries and Libraries One-time or Occasional Outdoor Events Movies Theatres and Concert Halls Community, Cultural and Religious Gatherings Personal services

Casinos must close. VLTs remain operational. Reduce capacity to 50 per cent. Require contact information for all visitors/attendees.

Group sizes limited to five.

Require contact information for all attendees/patrons.

20 per cent or 250 people, whichever is lower.

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The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region will move to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System effective Monday, Nov. 2. The following measures will be in place: Sector Gathering sizes

Restaurants and bars Retail

New restrictions under Red level  No change - public and private group gathering sizes limited to five, in addition to household.  Limiting contacts from outside household is strongly encouraged.  Closed; take-out, drive-thru and delivery only.    

Schools

Grocery stores and pharmacies at 50 per cent capacity (no change). All other retail capacity reduced to 25 per cent or five people, whichever is higher (not including employees). eService, pick-up or delivery recommended whenever possible. Encourage limiting the number of people from each household who go shopping. No change:  Blended learning required for grades 9 to 12.  Voluntary blended learning temporarily available for kindergarten to Grade 8.  Schools are advised to ensure as much physical distancing


Healthcare system

as possible (two metres). Cohorts or remote/blended learning is required when this is not possible. Elective and non-urgent surgery and diagnostic services may be postponed. Urgent and emergency surgeries, procedures and diagnostic services will continue. Further limitations to visitors at all health-care facilities.  Hospital visitation suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for patients receiving end-of-life care, in labour and delivery, as well as in pediatrics. All recreational facilities, group sports, arcades, bowling, etc. suspended. All indoor and outdoor sport facilities closed. Reduced capacity to 25 per cent. Mask mandatory, even while exercising. Casinos must close (no change). VLTs and gaming establishments also closed. All must close.

Group sizes limited to cohorts of five.

All must close.

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Multiple Ways to Submit Feedback on Proposed Renewal Process for Legacy Forage Leases Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development is seeking feedback on the proposed renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits on agricultural Crown lands. Legacy forage leases and renewable permits are those dispositions that were in place prior to October 1, 2019. The proposed change will ensure that family farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of these legacy forage leases and renewable permits. This proposal contributes to the modernization of the Agricultural Crown Lands leasing program, and delivers on the commitment made to stakeholders in October 2019. Stakeholders are invited to review the regulatory amendment proposal available on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation portal. Comments are encouraged to be submitted online prior to the engagement deadline of November 16, 2020.

Should you be unable to access the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal, you may contact Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development staff at 204-868-0684 to request email/fax/mail copies of the associated documents. Comments can be submitted through one of the following methods and must be received no later than the closing date of November 16, 2020. 1. Email: agcrownlands@gov.mb.ca 2. Fax: 204-867-6578 3. Mail: Agriculture Crown Lands, PO Box 1286, Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0

Last Chance to Provide Comments on Possible Rural Crime and Metal Theft Legislation As a reminder, the Manitoba government is seeking public feedback until October 31st via an online questionnaire on proposed measures to combat rural crime and metal theft. As announced in an August 31 new release, the province is considering whether to adopt legislation from other provinces to improve Manitoba's trespass and occupiers' liability laws and discourage stolen metal sales. This could include amendments to The Petty Trespass

Act , to ensure the law is easier to enforce and to prevent confrontations between landowners and trespassers, and to The Occupiers Liability Act to ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission.

Manitobans are invited to provide feedback on potential legislation that would enhance biosecurity and reduce hazards at food production premises with livestock or other animals.

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Register today If you would like to learn how to develop your own plan or renew your existing plan, register today for an Environmental Farm Plan workshop. Workshops are offered virtually via GoTo Meeting. For workshop dates or to register, visit www.manitobaefp.ca.


Canada Emergency Business Account now open to businesses using personal banking accounts (October 26, 2020 Department of Finance Canada News Release)

The Government of Canada is providing continued support to small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them adapt and position their businesses for recovery. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland announced that as early as October 26, 2020, the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be available to businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating as a business as of March 1, 2020, must successfully open a business account at a Canadian financial institution that is participating in CEBA, and meet the other existing CEBA eligibility criteria. The deadline to apply for CEBA is December 31, 2020. CEBA is part of the Government of Canada’s economic response plan to help Canadians and Canadian businesses deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures under this plan are helping businesses keep their doors open, keep their employees on payroll, protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and recover quickly when the time comes. Quick facts • CEBA provides zero-interest loans up to $40,000 to small business and non-profit organizations that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and wages. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). • Since its launch, the government has made modifications to CEBA to help even more small businesses, including:

o increasing the payroll eligibility range from between $50,000 and $1.0 million to between $20,000 and $1.5 million; o making CEBA available to owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll. • To qualify for CEBA, all applicants must have: o An active Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number with an effective date of registration on or prior to March 1, 2020; and either: o meet the payroll eligibility criteria; or o demonstrate a minimum of $40,000 in eligible non-deferrable expenses, and have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. • To assess their eligibility for CEBA, applicants can use the pre-screening tool on the CEBA website. To apply for CEBA, businesses should contact their financial institution and provide the appropriate information and documentation. Applicants may contact the CEBA Call Centre at 1-888-324-4201 to receive a status update on a completed application between Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST • As of October 22, 2020, more than 774,000 CEBA loans have been approved, representing a total of nearly $31 billion in funds. • On October 9, 2020 the government announced that it is working with Export Development Canada (EDC) and financial institutions to expand the CEBA program by providing an additional interest-free CEBA loan amount of $20,000, of which up to half will be forgivable if the balance of the loan is paid by December 31, 2022. Businesses accessing the additional $20,000 of financing will be required to attest to need. Further details will be available soon. • CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada (EDC), which is working closely with Canadian financial institutions to deliver the loans to qualifying businesses. Associated links • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Applications due Nov. 6



Government of Canada launches consultations to improve living conditions for temporary foreign workers (October 27, 2020 Employment and Social Development Canada News Release)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has made significant investments to increase protections for temporary foreign workers, prevent the spread of the virus, and address outbreaks on farms when they do occur. The Government continues to work with partners at home and abroad through the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program to ensure employers take the necessary steps to keep workers safe. Despite these efforts, the pandemic has highlighted longstanding challenges, including certain housing and living conditions.

That is why the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, MarieClaude Bibeau, announced that the Government of Canada has begun consultations with provinces and territories, employers, workers, worker support groups, and other interested parties on a proposal to establish minimum requirements for employer-provided accommodations for the TFW Program across Canada.

The Government of Canada will also soon be launching a survey of temporary foreign worker employers in the agricultural sector to inform the development of new proposed federal accommodations requirements and how they would be implemented. This survey will help the Government better understand the variety of accommodations arrangements currently being used to support temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector while they are employed in Canada. The Government of Canada will complement existing standards at the provincial level, and will take further federal action in partnership to help improve protections for those who are part of the TFW Program. Individuals wishing to obtain more information or provide feedback in this consultation should contact Employment and Social Development Canada by sending an email to NCTFWP-APT-PTET-EPA-EPA-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca by December 22, 2020. Backgrounder

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) play a vital role in As a first step, the Government of Canada is seeking input supporting food security in key sectors critical to the Canadian until December 22, 2020 on proposed accommodation economy. These include agriculture, agri-food, fish and requirements in the TFW Program’s primary agriculture seafood processing. stream. The Government is also seeking feedback on Certain employers participating in the program’s Primary potential approaches to strengthen oversight of worker Agriculture Stream are currently required to provide accommodations, both prior to and after workers’ arrivals. accommodations to workers. Employers have to demonstrate The consultations will inform the development of a lasting in their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approach to improve living conditions for workers. application that dwellings for foreign workers have been Creating clear and consistent standards will also ensure inspected and comply with their local applicable standards. employers fully understand their obligations and can Continued on next page better adhere to them.


Consultations to improve living conditions for temporary foreign workers - continued from page 13 These housing standards and related inspections prior to the arrival of workers are under the responsibility of provinces and territories. In some cases, this responsibility is delegated to municipalities or private inspectors. The Government of Canada has begun consultations with provinces and territories, employers, workers and other interested parties on a proposal to establish minimum requirements for employer-provided accommodations for the TFW Program. The new requirements would complement existing provincial or territorial housing standards and create consistency for all employers who provide accommodations to foreign workers. Strengthened oversight for pre- and post-arrival inspections of worker accommodations is also proposed. The goal is to develop a gradual and lasting approach to improve living conditions for workers. These consultations will seek feedback in two main areas: 1. Proposed federal accommodation requirements for the TFW Program 2. Potential approaches to strengthening oversight of worker accommodations

Federal accommodation requirements for the TFW Program The objective of the new accommodation requirements is to improve living conditions. They focus on a number of key factors, including: • reduced potential for overcrowding in order to ensure: • adequate personal space and privacy; and • greater adaptability to public health measures to prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases. • ensuring appropriate ratios of amenities; • ensuring appropriate heating, cooling and air quality; and • enabling access to phone and internet, where available. Strengthening the inspections process for TFW accommodations The TFW Program will be engaging with provinces and territories on approaches to improve oversight of foreign workers accommodations both before and after workers’ arrival. Possible measures for consideration include developing a list of authorized inspectors that employers must use to conduct accommodations inspections and requiring that housing inspection reports include new elements of proof, such as photographs and geo-location information in order to support any necessary future inspections.


November 6, 2020

mbbeef.ca

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Government of Canada launches consultation on guidelines for simulated meat and poultry products (November 3, 2020 Canadian Food Inspection Agency News Release)

As Canada's plant-based food industry grows, the Government of Canada is working to provide greater clarity for industry and consumers on the regulations that apply to these products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is launching a consultation today on proposed updates to guidelines for industry on simulated meat, simulated poultry products and certain plant-based protein foods, and is encouraging industry and consumers alike to submit their views by December 3, 2020. The CFIA's current guidelines for simulated meat and simulated poultry products apply to products that are made to resemble meat or poultry products. An example of such products are plant-based burgers that are made to look like a beef burger by using ingredients that simulate the red colour or fat marbling effect of animalsourced meat. The agency also recognizes there is a need to update the guidelines to include food products that are plant-based proteins which are not intended to resemble or substitute a meat or poultry product. Examples include properly identified tofu burgers, lentil loaves or soy patties. The proposed updates to the guidelines seek to clarify what constitutes simulated meat or poultry products in accordance with the Food and Drug Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The guidelines outline the rules for labelling, advertising, composition and fortification for such products. Clearer guidelines will better support industry in their understanding and application of the regulatory requirements. By completing the online survey, consumers can share with the CFIA their familiarity with these products and indicate what label information is important to them. The consumer perceptions of these foods will advise industry

on how they can better position their products in a manner that is truthful and not misleading, as required by the regulations, and provide information that supports informed buying decisions for consumers. Quotes "The growth in Canada's plant-based foods industry indicates the need for clearer guidelines to better support industry in their understanding and application of regulatory requirements. We're working to bring that clarity which includes a better understanding of consumers' views and needs to allow them to make more informed food choices." — The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Quick facts • The Food and Drug Regulations require simulated meat and simulated poultry products to be clearly represented as simulated, be clearly labelled as such, and meet specific requirements for composition and fortification. • The CFIA provides tools to industry to promote regulatory compliance, such as the Industry Labelling Tool. This tool provides guidance to industry on food labelling, including for simulated meat and simulated poultry products. Associated links • Labelling requirements for meat and poultry products: Simulated meat and simulated poultry products (existing guidance) • Plant-based protein market: global and Canadian market analysis


For reliable information and resources please visit:

For the latest Manitoba industry news: https://www.mbbeef.ca/news/covid-19-updates/ The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is collaborating with industry stakeholders and the Government of Canada to ensure both stable beef production and trade during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.cattle.ca/ccaresources/covid-19/

Sustainability efforts in the beef industry growing Manitoba beekeeper receives recognition for protecting pollinators Halifax professor says consumers turning to plant-based diets during pandemic End the beef: why Burger King wants people to eat at McDonald's


MBP Age Verification Services Age Verification is associating a birth date with an animal that was born on your farm and tagged with a Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) RFID button tag. It provides an effective and internationally recognized Age Verification Process. Producers can enter and store birth date information and have it readily available for domestic and export markets. To age verify, you must set up and activate an account on the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) website. See: https://www.clts.canadaid.ca/. This site contains detailed instructions. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can have a third party, such as Manitoba Beef Producers, submit your information on the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS). Note: Manitoba Beef Producers provides this service free of charge. We ask that producers try to provide our office with a minimum of 24 hours notification in advance of when the information is required in order to process requests, particularly ones involving large volumes of cattle. Age Verification information should be faxed to 204-774-3264 or emailed to info@mbbeef.ca. Please use the Age Verification Form in the link below or see the form on the next page of this E-newsletter. Information required for Age Verification: • Name • CCIA account number • Phone number • Where to send the birth certificate (back to the producer, auction mart etc.) • Indicate if you would like a copy of birth certificate • Tag numbers • Birth date (yyyy/mm/dd) • Indicate whether birth date is an AB (actual birth date) or CS (calving start date) Age Verification Form (PDF) For more information and to age verify your cattle, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS - AGE VERIFICATION FORM Manitoba Premises Identification Number:

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Home Phone Number (number on CCIA account):

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Name on CCIA Account:

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Personal Email or Fax number to send certificate (optional):

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Fax OR Email to: 204.774.3264 info@mbbeef.ca

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Choose from a variety of price insurance options best suited to your livestock operation.

Options available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Get price insurance for feeder and/or fed cattle year-round.

Enroll today in the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program!

Protection at your fingertips. Visit wlpip.ca or phone 1-844-782-5747.


Submit Feedback on Proposed Renewal Process for Legacy Forage Leases by November 16 Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development is seeking feedback on the proposed renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits on agricultural Crown lands. Legacy forage leases and renewable permits are those dispositions that were in place prior to October 1, 2019. The proposed change will ensure that family farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of these legacy forage leases and renewable permits. This proposal contributes to the modernization of the Agricultural Crown Lands leasing program, and delivers on the commitment made to stakeholders in October 2019. Stakeholders are invited to review the regulatory amendment proposal available on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation portal. Comments are encouraged to be submitted online prior to the engagement deadline of November 16, 2020.

Should you be unable to access the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal, you may contact Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development staff at 204-868-0684 to request email/fax/mail copies of the associated documents. Comments can be submit