INITIATIVES WITH IMPACT
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce designs and delivers strategic initiatives and innovative resources in support of sustainable economic development and our community’s future.
Since March 2020, it has been our key purpose to connect Manitoba’s business leaders with trusted pandemic experts, credible information, and the financial relief they need to make it through to the other side of the pandemic. We’ve delivered timely updates on evolving public health protocols and government response programs, championing businesses of all sizes, across all sectors.
Connect with us to learn how our programs can benefit your organization or click the links below to learn about specific initiatives:
|MMDF||OPEN TO APPLICATIONS: Manitoba Mineral Development Fund investing in Northern community and economic development|
|Digital Manitoba Initiative|
|TechUP||CLOSED: Recovery fund for digital investments & technological transformation|
|PowerUp||CLOSED: Recovery fund for digital investments & technological transformation|
|Digital Services Program||OPEN TO APPLICATIONS: Program to link eligible businesses with expert Digital Service Providers to provide specific Business Technology Assessments, Digital Legal Services, and Cybersecurity Audits.|
|Manitoba Business Matters||COVID-19 focused website, tools, and resources|
|#BuyLocalMB||Marketing campaign to inspire long-term consumer behaviour in support of local business|
|Retrain Manitoba||CLOSED: Recovery fund to defray training & upskilling for Manitoba employees|
|Dine-In Restaurant Relief Program||CLOSED: Recovery fund for dine-in restaurants affected by pandemic operating restrictions|
|B2BManitoba.ca||Non-medical grade PPE online marketplace for Manitoba businesses|
|Climate Action Toolkit for Manitoba Business||Checklists and resources to support businesses dedicated to reducing GHG emissions and increasing sustainability|
|Child Care Expansion Fund Program||CLOSED: Grants to increase childcare capacity initiated during the pandemic in support of placement allocation for essential workers|
|SafeAtHome Grant Program||CLOSED: Grants to enable virtual activities and programming for Manitobans|
|Kairos Blanket Exercise||COMPLETED: Indigenous awareness and reconciliation program offered to businesses through generous funding from Manitoba 150|
In total, the three phases of TRIP generated direct, trackable spending on hotels and attractions of $7.8 million. But even more significant, participants who responded to a 2021 post-initiative survey estimated their total trip spend at approximately $510 – for an estimated economic boost of more than $16.8 million.
Targeted support to dine-in restaurants required to close to in-person service due to COVID-19 prevention orders and who chose to shift to a delivery model. In partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association, the program morphed into three phases with expanded intake criteria to include a broader range of affected foodservices businesses.
1,365 Manitoba businesses received reimbursements to train or upskill 18,086 employees through a wide range of courses including in-person, online and industry-recognized courses by third-party trainers. Of the 1,365 businesses, 87 per cent were small businesses (with 0 to 99 employees).