UPDATE October 30:
Att: Club Presidents, Head Coaches,
As a result of the new restrictions announced by Manitoba Health Agency this afternoon, the following changes come into effect Monday, November 2nd:
Winnipeg Region - Code Red- all public pools and sport facilities will be closed. Therefore all club pool training will be suspended until facilities re-open. While this restriction does not take effect until Monday, Swim Natation Manitoba requests all clubs in the Winnipeg region to suspend pool training effective immediately.
The safety and health of our members is our top priority and it is important we make every effort to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
All other regions move to Code Orange- please refer to your Back to Play plan for protocols and pool number limitations
The restrictions are in place for a minimum of two weeks.
We know this is not good news. Let’s hope it is only for the short term and we can all get back to the pool soon.
Swim Manitoba encourages our member clubs to check frequently the links below to stay informed of the most current protocols and information available with respect to COVID-19.
For more information, please review:
Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Government of Manitoba: http://www.manitoba.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html
Important Ongoing Links
Employment Information for Clubs
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support, whether or not you are eligible for Employment Insurance. Learn more about CERB here.
Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB) Program
Government of Canada (Service Canada) Employment Insurance (EI) has a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) program, which provides employers the opportunity to increase employee’s weekly earnings when they are unemployed due to a temporary shortage of work, training, illness or quarantine. Learn more about the SUB program here.
Summer Employment Grants
Canada Summer Job 2020: The website states that Service Canada will inform all applicants of the status of their application starting in May. The Prime Minister said on Sunday the government "should have more to say in the coming days" about how it will help students and suggested that its aid could take the form of direct financial support or changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program, which helps Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 find seasonal work.
Urban/Hometown Green Team: The Province of Manitoba has not provided an update at this time.
Province of Manitoba - Support to small and medium-sized business
The insurer has confirmed that your Virtual Training Application has been approved.
They are also pointing out the following clarifications:
The purpose of the temporary virtual/online training endorsement is because the sport activities are suspended for the time being and the PSOs are providing fitness exercises program (flexibility, strength & conditioning) to the athletes for them to maintain fit and shape.
Regular home trainings provided/recommended by the coaches (without online supervising) which they have been doing in the past is already included under the Sport MB policy.
Publicly-accessible broadcast tools such Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. and pre-recorded videos are not acceptable methods of delivering online training. Permitted delivery tools must include the use of controlled, multi-screen video conferencing programs such as Skype or Zoom (ZOOMUS).
Swim Manitoba Information
Volunteer Manitoba has some free webinars coming up in their training/events calendar. Learn more about these free webinars and how you can register by visiting the links below.