CALLING ALL HOTELS: Are you seeking financial relief?

May 4, 2021 | Chamber News, Front Page, Government News

On March 16, 2021, the Manitoba government announced the creation of a new Hospitality Sector Relief Program to provide financial assistance to Manitoba’s accommodation and tourism sector. The program is administered in part by the Manitoba Hotel Association (MHA) and in part by the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association (MLOA).

The component of the Hospitality Sector Relief Program that is administered by the MHA will provide financial assistance to eligible Hotels for fixed costs that have not been covered by other relief programs. If you operate a Hotel and are interested in applying for the program, read on, OR click here to read the Terms & Conditions, OR click here to view a FAQ on the Manitoba Hotel Association website. Applying for the program is a two-step process:

Step 1: Application
The application process is quick, consisting of answering a series of questions that will determine whether or not you meet the program eligibility. You must meet the definition of a Hotel for purposes of this program with Eligible Costs that qualify for financial assistance under the program. The deadline for this initial application is May 31, 2021, at 3:00pm (Central Daylight Time).

Step 2: Submitting Supporting Documents and Claim Amount(s)
If you are notified that your initial application has been accepted, you will then be asked to submit supporting documents through an online portal. The deadline to submit supporting documents is June 14, 2021, at 3:00pm (Central Daylight Time). No exceptions will be made to the deadlines, and no extensions will be granted.

Program Eligibility: Only Hotels are eligible to receive funding. The following types of businesses do not qualify for this program:

  • Businesses that have received financial assistance under the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association’s component of the Hospitality Sector Relief Program.
  • Businesses that hold a Resource Tourism Operator (RTO) License.
  • Businesses that are not in good standing or are not registered with the Manitoba Companies Office or do not have a valid and active Business Number.
  • Businesses that are bankrupt or in receivership.
  • Hostels, dormitories, apartment buildings, condominium buildings, hospitals, campgrounds, short-term rental units located in privately-owned homes, apartments and condominiums.

Full eligibility is outlined in the program Terms and Conditions.

Additional notes about eligibility: If you applied for the federal CERS program, you are still eligible for this program. This program’s eligibility dates of March 20, 2020 to September 19, 2020 were selected so as to not overlap with CERS (which began September 27, 2020). If you own multiple Hotels, each Hotel may apply. A separate application must be submitted for each Hotel.

Eligible Costs: Eligible costs must have been paid in full and must be any one of the following:

1) Property Tax

  • You can claim School and Municipal taxes as appearing on your hotel’s 2020 property tax bill (pro-rated from March 20, 2020 to September 19, 2020). Claim only net property taxes less any tax credits.
  • You are not eligible to claim any outstanding interest or other charges, or amounts applicable to other years, or properties other than the location of your hotel.


2) Property Insurance

  • This program uses the same criteria (click here to view) as the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). Certain amounts from your insurance premium aren’t eligible to claim. (For example, contents and liability coverage, as well as sales taxes, are excluded from CERS, and from this program.)
  • You can claim property insurance premiums for the period March 20, 2020 to September 19, 2020.
  • If your policy year renewal is between March 20 and September 19, then your claim may include premiums that cover parts of two policy years.
  • As per the rules of this program, you must exclude any amounts for coverage outside of your hotel. (For example, if your company conducts business outside of the hotel operations, you must exclude that portion of your premium. If your company manages multiple hotels, you can only claim the premium that relates to this hotel.)


3) Mortgage Interest

  • This program uses the same criteria (click here to view) as the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS).
  • You can claim mortgage interest for the period March 20, 2020 to September 19, 2020.
  • Your mortgage interest payable may be different than the payments that you were able to make. (For example, if you had a cash crunch in April and May 2020, and did not make your mortgage payments for those months on time, the mortgage payments that had been due are the amounts that can be claimed, so long as those amounts have since been paid in full.)

Financial assistance will be calculated as your portion of the overall total Eligible Costs of all the Hotels participating in the program. The maximum financial assistance for a Hotel is $70,000.


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