Registrations Start Today to Fill Vacant Councillor Seat

Residents of the Meadows-Waverly ward will be voting for their new council member on May 5th.


The City Council byelection has been scheduled to replace recently former councillor John LoRegio, who left to battle multiple myeloma.


To run in the byelection, a candidate must be a Canadian citizen who is 18 years old as of election day. They must also be residents of both Manitoba and Brandon.


If any employee from the city or a member of a city committee or board wishes to run, they must take a leave of absence from their responsibilities.


Registrations to run start today and end on March 30. Forms are available from the senior election official at Brandon City Hall.


The nomination period starts on March 24 and runs until March 30.


Both registration and nomination paperwork can be obtained from the senior election official, who can be reached by phone at 204-729-2236 or by emailing


Nomination papers must be signed by at least 25 voters from the Meadows-Waverly ward and must be accompanied by a statement of qualification.

More COVID-19 rules could be relaxed in the upcoming weeks.

The Manitoba government is considering rules that could see outdoor gathering sizes increase to 10, and allowing households to designate residents of a second home as part of a “bubble” for visits.

The capacity size at places of worship could also increase to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is lower.

Retail, restaurants, and other businesses may also see rule changes that would allow almost all establishments to reopen. That would include capacity limits grow to 50 percent, but restaurant patrons would only be allowed to be with members of their household when dining.

Indoor theatres, indoor concert venues, bingo halls, and casinos would have to remain closed.

Officials are considering implementing some of the changes in two phases over a six-week period, starting as soon as March 5, with another round of changes on March 26.

Meanwhile, the seven-day average for daily COVID-19 cases is just above 70 and the five-day test positivity rate sat at 4.3 percent as of Thursday.

Small Segment Of Manitobans Can Now Book COVID Shots

Manitobans 95 and older and First Nations people 75 and over can now book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The provincial government announced the eligibility is for all Manitobans born Dec. 31, 1925, or earlier, and all First Nations people born Dec. 31, 1945, or earlier.

Family members and caregivers are allowed to call to make appointments for someone else, as well as accompany them to the clinic.

The number to call is 1-844-626-8222 and you will need the person who will be having the appointment’s number on their Manitoba Health card.

This will be the first time that members of the general public will become eligible to receive the vaccine in Manitoba.

Appointments for the first and second doses will be made at the same time.

The province is also starting to ramp up vaccination their vaccination numbers, with the goal of being able to administer 20,000 shots a day.

The next immunization supersite planned for Manitoba will be at the former Selkirk and District General Hospital at 100 Easton Dr. in Selkirk. 

When You Get The Covid Vaccine You Can Access Proof of the Shot

If you have had your COVID-19 vaccination, you can now get proof that you have it.

Manitobans will now be able to access and print out proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, the province says.

Manitobans with a valid Manitoba Health card and a personal email address can access the information on this website ( The website can be used to see COVID-19 test results.

That information will show which vaccine they got and when they got it.

Health Minister Heather Stefanson says many Manitobans for their vaccination information. She says the proof from the website can be used until a more permanent immunization card is available later this spring.

According to the release, it will take about 48 hours before proof of vaccination is available online, though in some cases it could take up to a week.

People who can’t use the internet or don’t have a health card number can call their public health office to access proof-of-immunization information.

The Manitoba Government has announced that there are four more deaths and 167 new cases of COVID-19 in THE province

The data is total numbers from Monday and Tuesday since there was no announcement made Monday due to the Louis Riel Day holiday. The four deaths all came from the Winnipeg health region. The deaths were three men — one in his 60s, one in his 70s, and one in his 90s — and a woman in her 90s.

The majority of the 167 cases are from the Northern Health Region, which has 93. The Winnipeg health region has 51, the Interlake-Eastern health region has 13, the Southern Health region has eight, and the Prairie Mountain Health region has two new cases.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is up to 5.9 percent provincially and 4.5 percent in Winnipeg, which are increases from Sunday.

Meanwhile, a report of the B117 coronavirus variant that was found in Pauingassi First Nation has been confirmed negative. On Monday, Cross Lake First Nation also announced one probable case.

To date, there is only one confirmed case of a variant of concern in Manitoba. The person had traveled from Africa to Europe and then to Winnipeg before testing positive. Five household contacts were told to self-isolate.

The Province has entered into an agreement with Providence Therapeutics, to purchase a made-in Canada COVID-19 vaccine.

The Alberta-based company is developing a vaccine that would resemble the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

The company has expanded its work to help with a vaccine. It was originally tasked with developing vaccines for cancers.

The province’s contract in place says that they will buy two million doses of the vaccine, with the first 200,000 doses guaranteed to be delivered to Manitoba.

So far, the vaccine is going through clinical trials and is going through its first round of those trials. It is expected to be approved by Health Canada later this year.

Premier Brian Pallister said from the final cost (that has still not been revealed), 20 percent of its cost upfront as a down payment. Forty percent of the cost would be paid when the vaccine is approved by Health Canada. The final 40 percent of the payment will be paid when the vaccines are delivered to the province. 

The Province of Manitoba will be loosening a few restrictions this weekend.


It will be the start of slowly opening up the province once again after going into Code Red restrictions back in November.


The orders include the following changes:

– Allowing restaurants and licensed premises to reopen at 25 percent capacity with patron groups limited to members of the same household only;

– Allowing outdoor sports facilities to reopen for casual sports as well as organized practices and games, with multi-team tournaments not permitted;

– Allowing gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios to reopen at 25 percent capacity;

– Allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs, and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 percent capacity for individual instruction only;

– Allowing places of worship to hold regular religious services if a service does not exceed 10 percent of usual capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;

– Allowing self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviors to hold meetings at 25 percent capacity of the premise where meetings take place;

– Allowing museums, art galleries, and libraries to operate at 25 percent capacity;

– Allowing personal service businesses, such as those providing pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing, or massage services to reopen at 25 percent capacity;

– Allowing up to 10 people to attend a wedding in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer;

– Allowing photographers and videographers to offer services to individual clients or those residing in the same household in addition to providing services at weddings, with the exception of visiting client homes; 

– Allowing the film industry to operate fully with physical distancing and other safety measures in place.


The orders will take effect on February 12th at 12:01 A.M. and will last for at least three weeks.


Over 33,000 people responded to a survey that the government put out to check the resident’s opinions on restrictions last month. 


Restrictions might be loosening in Manitoba

The Premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, and Dr. Brent Roussin announced today that the province is considering further loosening some restrictions while continuing to prioritize the needs of the health- care system.
The province is considering the following changes for all of Manitoba is and asking Manitobans for their input on:

• allowing food services, including restaurants and lounges, to reopen at 25 percent capacity with closure time of 10 p.m., limited to patron groups of household members;

• allowing personal services, including nail salons and tattoo parlors, to reopen at 25 percent capacity with adequate physical distancing, enhanced personal protective equipment measures, and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.

• allowing gyms to reopen at 25 percent capacity for one-on-one and individual training sessions with adequate physical distancing, with no group classes;

• allowing places of worship to reopen at a maximum of 10 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;

• allowing libraries to reopen at a maximum of 25 percent capacity, limited to patron groups of household members;

• allowing organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices (no multi-team tournaments);

• clarifying that addictions support and treatment groups can operate with adequate physical distancing measures in place;

• allowing the film industry to resume work, with safety protocols in place;

• opening public washroom facilities with 25 percent capacity and enhanced signage;

• increasing capacity for weddings to up to 10 people in addition to the officiant and photographer; and

• allowing photographers to resume operations outdoors and with studio capacity limited to patron groups of household members only.
The province is asking for feedback from residents on the proposed changes, which would come into effect next week to replace the current public health orders. To provide input, visit


Spring date set for this year’s PiT Count 

The fourth national coordinated Point-in-Time Homelessness Count in Canada will involve the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and Reaching Home this April.

The Point-in-Time (PiT) Count goes over a one day period as volunteers in Brandon will count and survey all individuals who are staying in shelters, short-term housing, and sleeping without shelter.

It is to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the city.

The previous PiT count was back on April 12, 2018. They reported the minimum number of homeless adults and children in Brandon was 121. Of the 121 individuals reported, 44 were adults and children in emergency or transitional shelters. 

70 adults and children identified in PiT Count unsheltered surveys, and 7 adults observed as homeless, who did not complete the survey.

The group says the main goal is to improve the public’s understanding of the needs and circumstances of those who are affected by homelessness.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer click on this link.  



Former Meadows Ward Councilor John Loregio

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City of Brandon Councilor for the Meadows-Waverly, John LoRegio has announced his resignation from council.

The resignation is effective as of January 31st.

LoRegio says in a statement that a health issue has forced him to resign.

“Ward residents deserve a Councillor’s full attention which I feel I can’t provide at this time,” said LoRegio. I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for all the help these last 8 years. Most importantly thanks to the residents for your support and friendship.”

LoRegio was first elected during a by-election for the Meadows Ward in June of 2013. He was reelected during the municipal elections of 2014 and 2018.

Mayor Rick Chrest said in a statement of his own that he is saddened to receive the resignation.

“However, I fully respect and understand his need to do so. Right now, he should focus on his health issue,” said Chrest. “John has been a most ardent voice for residents of his Ward and has always been a well prepared and productive contributor to all matters concerning our City.  We wish him well in all that lies ahead.”

With the resignation, there is currently a council vacancy that will be filled in the near future. When council vacancies arise with more than 12 months remaining in a term, a municipality is obliged to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy. The City of Brandon will release details about any election in the future.

Brandon City Council has approved a 1% municipal tax decrease for 2021.

After two days of budget deliberations, Brandon City Council has approved an $83.6 million-dollar operating budget. That is a reduction of $1,931,000 from the proposed budget.

It works out to be a savings of $19 dollars for an average residential property which is assessed at $270,000.

Even with the decrease council was able to make a few enhancements to the budget which includes doubling the back lane dust control budget, create a sump pump or backwater valve assistance program, additional funds for Transit to provide Sunday hours of operation on statutory holidays, and more funding for community centers.

One of the most significant items was the approval for the administration to start the first phase of a major new outdoor field complex on 1st Street and Veterans Way, which may incur a future funding debenture of up to $6 million. 

The Council approved budget will now proceed to the public hearing stage, a date for which will be determined in the spring. 

Manitoba’s Vaccine Rollout Plan

The Manitoba government has released a four-stage immunization plan that shows the province’s current approach to the vaccine campaign.


The goal of the campaign is to protect Manitobans at greatest risk of COVID-19 the soonest, said Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson.


“These priority groups are clear and based on the guidance of our medical experts,” said Stefanson. “We all want to get the vaccine to our most vulnerable people, and to every Manitoban who wants a vaccine, as quickly as possible.”


The plan sets out how the province will further expand its immunization campaign to reach more Manitobans in priority groups, and then to all Manitobans, based on age.


Manitoba’s approach follows the guidance provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).


The NACI guidance for priority populations includes:

• those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19;
• those most likely to transmit COVID-19 to those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19; and
• those whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection and where infection could have disproportionate consequences including Indigenous communities.


Manitoba’s plan identifies four main groups including:

• health-care workers and congregate living staff;
• residents of congregate living facilities;
• residents of First Nations communities; and
• Manitobans, based on age.


These groups are then also broken down into smaller groups, so those at greater risk are eligible to be immunized sooner.


Manitoba is currently third in the country for the total population fully immunized, at 369 people per 100,000.


The minister also noted that Manitobans will have an opportunity to join her in a telephone town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To register and receive a phone call to join, visit


Self-Isolation Reinstated For InterprovincIAL Travelers

If you plan on doing any traveling outside of Manitoba, you’ll also need to plan on self-isolating.

The 14-day self-isolation for anyone leaving Manitoba will be reinstated this weekend.

The Manitoba Government announced that starting on January 29th, anyone leaving the province will have to self-isolate for two weeks when they return.

Premier Brian Pallister said the move is out of “an abundance of caution” in order to stop different COVID-19 variants from being brought into the province.

For most of the year, residents have been able to travel to Western Canada but restricted from going to Eastern Canada. There was a point near the start of the pandemic when travel outside of the province was restricted unless there was a self-isolation process at the end of the trip.

Manitobans currently out-of-province will have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to return to the province without being required to self-isolate. If they arrive after that time, they must self-isolate as appropriate on their return.

Current exemptions to self-isolation measures are still in effect including those traveling for essential interprovincial work and people traveling for medical purposes.



Some second-dose vaccine appointments for COVID-19 may be postponed due to disruptions of the supply of the Pfizer vaccine, according to the Manitoban Government.


With the vaccine rollout going out much slower than anticipated, already scheduled appointments may be the next thing that gets moved because of the disruptions.


The province says the number of appointments affected and length of the delay will only be determined once the federal government confirms the number of vaccines being delivered the week of February 8th. The province expects more information on the shipment later this week.


Already, no new appointments are being made at the Winnipeg and Brandon super sites due to the supply disruption. The only appointments being made are for the Thompson supersite.


So far over 29 thousand doses have been administered, with only over 3,000 of those doses being for the second dose.


This week, focused immunization teams will visit the remaining 62 personal care homes across the province to offer the first dose of the vaccine to residents. By the end of the week, all people living in the homes will have had the opportunity to get the vaccine. 


BPS Officer Assaulted After Responding to Structure Fire call.


One person has been charged after assaulting police officers around a structure fire on the 600 Block of 18th Street.


Police and the Fire Department were called late Saturday night to the building that had smoke coming out of the vacant building.


The Brandon Fire and Emergency Services determined that the fire was set by unknown suspects. At this moment, there are no suspects.


It was luckily put out with just minor structural damage, and the owner was advised.


While officers were surveying the scene, two suspects were in the back lane near the scene. After officers attempted to stop them and question them, one of them, a 42-year-old man, became belligerent and uncooperative. The second suspect, a 27-year-old woman, then punched one of the officers while they were trying to help.


The man was released after several hours, while the woman is charged with assaulting a police officer and will appear in court in late March.


This year, Manitobans will get their say on the provincial budget through virtual and telephone sessions.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced that the provincial government is inviting Manitobans to participate in virtual and telephone engagement sessions and an online survey to help with the upcoming budget.

Due to COVID-19, Fielding will host four telephone town halls and four virtual engagement sessions in late January and early February.

There will also be opportunities for Manitobans to submit online and written feedback.

Telephone town halls: 

• Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents;
• Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans;
• Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents; and
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. for rural Manitobans.


Virtual meetings:

• Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for rural Manitobans;
• Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. English-French bilingual session;
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans; and
• Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for Winnipeg-area residents.


The government has also launched an online budget survey through EngageMB where you can complete the survey and register for the virtual public engagement meetings and telephone town halls at

The province’s mid-year financial report and economic outlook released in December 2020 projected a revised deficit of $2.048 billion for the current 2020-21 fiscal year.

COVID Restrictions Loosen


Starting this Saturday, Manitobans will be allowed a few more people at their homes.


After two months of lockdown, and no visitors in your home, the province announced that restrictions will be loosened on Saturday.


The restrictions will be slightly modified from what the province has been going through over the past few months.


Manitoba residents (outside of the Northern Health Region) will be allowed to have two additional people visit their household and stores may begin selling non-essential goods again.


The additional people can be family or friends, and the province is calling the rules “the rule of two”. These guests can’t be a rotating group though and have to be the same two people each time.


The new rules will be in place for at least the next three weeks.


People will also be allowed 5 extra people in their yard.


As for businesses, stores will be able to sell their full range of products as long as physical distancing and occupancy limits are in place.


Stores must enforce occupancy limits of 25 percent or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lower. 


Funerals will be allowed to have up to 10 people with COVID-19 protocols in place.

One of Westman’s ski hills will be closed down for the next two weeks.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort will be closed starting on January 18th until February 1st. The resort says a staff member has COVID -19.

According to a press release from the resort, the risk of exposure is low, and they have not been told by health officials in the province to close down.

“All we care about is everyone’s health and safety,” said the release.

“We would rather not be here at all than put our staff, our guests, and the public at risk and have thus decided to close for two weeks and issue the notice.”

The release says the affected person went home immediately after feeling symptomatic. They were tested and isolated within hours of feeling symptoms.

The resort says anyone that has pre-booked lifts from now until February 1st will be automatically refunded.

Asessippi has been open since December 19th and was the first ski hill to open since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place around the province.

Read the full official notice on Asessippi Ski Resort’s website.

The other ski hill in Westman, Ski Valley near Minnedosa, recently opened up for the season last weekend.


Upgrades For Brandon Sidewalk Clearing Crews 

In order to help with the clearing of sidewalks, the City of Brandon has acquired new sidewalk cleaning machines.

The machines have the ability to not only clear but also sand the sidewalks at the same time.

Starting on Monday morning, the city has started to clear sidewalks located in the Priority A1 (P1A) route.

That route includes the areas below:


  • Sections of Braecrest Drive, Kirkcaldy Drive, Knowlton Drive, Stickney Avenue, McDonald Avenue, Hilton Avenue, Parker Boulevard, Fred Brown Way, Pacific Avenue, Rosser Avenue, Princess Avenue, Victoria Avenue East, Lorne Avenue East, Van Horne Avenue East, McTavish Avenue East, E. Fotheringham Drive, Whillier Drive, Park Avenue, Queens Avenue, Elderwood Drive, Brandon Avenue, Willowdale Crescent, Aberdeen Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Maryland Avenue, Magnolia Drive, Lyndale Drive, Sycamore Drive, and Patricia Avenue 


  • Portions of 34th Street, 26th Street, 19th Street North, 8th Street North, 13th Street, 10th Street, 9th Street, 6th Street, 1st Street, Dennis Street, 13th Street East, and 17th Street East. 


After all those sidewalks are cleared, crews will then move to P1 routes and then finish with clearing and sanding bike paths around the city.

If you want to see where crews are or will be heading, you can visit, or call 204-729-2285.


The Manitoba Government is pausing new vaccine appointments after disruptions with the Pfizer supply was announced on Friday.

It was announced that over the next month Canada will be experiencing a “temporary” delay in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments. It’s due to the pharmaceutical company’s expansion plans at its European manufacturing facility.

The shortage will result in an average of 50 per cent of coming doses delayed each week.

Dr. Joss Reimer, the Medical lead and official spokesperson for Manitoba Government’s COVID-19 vaccine taskforce, announced on Twitter that the current inventory will be used to complete previously scheduled first and second dose appointments.

Health care workers that are already scheduled to get their vaccine, are expected to still attend their booking.

The supply disruption is expected to last for a couple weeks.

Reimer says they will update Manitobans if they hear more from their vaccination partners.

The province has administered 13,539 doses of vaccine as of Friday. That includes 11,401 first doses and 2,138 second doses.

Those numbers mean that the province has distributed 35 per cent of the vaccine it has received so far, which is the second lowest number in the country. 


Vaccination Site Opens Jan. 18 at Keystone Centre


Over 4,000 health care workers will be vaccinated over the first week at Brandon’s immunization supersite.


The site will be located in the Keystone Centre and will officially open on Monday, January 18th. It will be ready to vaccinate 4,100 workers in the first week.


The supersite will be the second site in the province to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Convention Centre in Winnipeg was the first location. A third supersite location is set to open in Thompson on February 1st.


Additional fixed vaccination sites are also planned throughout the province, as more vaccines arrive in Manitoba.


The supersite is expected to hold more people when more vaccines start becoming available for the rest of the general public.


As of Tuesday, 12,409 doses of vaccine have been administered, including 10,749 first doses and 1,660 second doses.


Over a thousand people have also been hired to assist with the vaccination efforts at the sites in Winnipeg and Brandon. 


More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at

New COVID-19 cases fall below 100

For the first time since October, there are less than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Government announced there were 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which the lowest number of new cases since October 19th.

It was also announced there were eight more deaths.

Only 22 of the cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, while nearly half of the cases (44) were from the Winnipeg region.

The five-day test positivity rate jumped slightly to 10.1 percent provincially but dropped to 8.4 percent in Winnipeg. 

Public Health officials are telling Manitobans not to become complacent and to continue following public health orders. Health orders are still requiring non-essential businesses to remain closed for at least another two weeks.

The province has also announced that there is a new outbreak at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin. The site has moved to the restricted level of the province’s color-coded pandemic response system.

The province is also expanding its bridge grant program for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. It will be extending the application period to January 31st and doubling the amount for first-time applicants. 


Due to the regulations and restrictions that come with it, COVID-19 has been detrimental to many small businesses around the world and here in our own backyard. Many services have suffered throughout the pandemic as nobody and nothing is immune yet.  

There is a COVID-19 outbreak at the Samaritan House Ministries’ Safe and Warm Shelter announced on Saturday, and the location (820 Pacific Avenue, Brandon) has now been put under level red on the Pandemic Response System. There is no information on how many people have been infected, or how many are needed to self-isolate.

According to the Samaritan House, the shelter is now closed until it can be safely reopened. However, the food hamper program will continue.

The shelter’s Facebook page says staff will be monitoring a modified food bank hampers handout this week starting today at noon. Hampers will be available for this week from Monday to Friday and next Monday and Tuesday from 12 to 3 p.m. only in the parking lot at 820 Pacific Avenue. Anyone using the food hampers will be asked to line up on the sidewalk towards the west and maintain good social distancing.

There will also be no Home Nutrition Program deliveries during the outbreak as well.

For more information, call the Ministries at 204-726-0758. Due to the 

There will be another two weeks of strict lockdown around the province to uncover hundreds of COVID-19 cases linked to holiday gatherings.

The Manitoba Government made that announcement on Friday, as the orders were set to expire on Friday night.

The orders will now expire on January 22nd.

The only change in the rules will be the exemptions for the Winnipeg Jets, who will be allowed to train and play in Winnipeg as their season is set to kick off next week.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says more than 355 COVID-19 cases and nearly 1,900 contacts have been linked to gatherings during the winter holiday period.

He also said the government will start consulting Manitobans next week on potential changes for rules if numbers continue to drop.

The province also announced 222 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Friday.



The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce is offering a relief program for dine-in restaurants around the province.


The Chamber of Commerce, along with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association has opened the online application process for the new COVID-19 emergency support fund.


The province of Manitoba announced back in December that they would be providing a $5 million grant for financial relief to dine-in restaurants that were directly affected by the restrictions put out by the province over the last year.


The Chamber says the relief program is designed to provide a rebate to dine-in restaurants that had to shift to a delivery model because of the restrictions.


The rebate is designed to help offset costs related to food delivery services, whether a restaurant provides its own delivery service or uses a third party.


Operators will be allowed to submit third-party delivery company fees for reimbursement, and those managing their own delivery system can be eligible for reimbursement of 20% of delivery invoices.


The Chamber says roughly 2,000 restaurants have had to close in-person dining across the province.


For information about the Dine-In Restaurant Relief Program, including eligibility criteria and to begin the application process, restaurant operators should go to