MEIA Info Bulletin – July 2020


MEIA News and Announcements

June Roundup! 

COVID-19 has disrupted the way we meet and do business, but thanks to our presenters, partners and participants, MEIA has been able to successfully transition to online programming during this crisis and we couldn’t have done it without you! We are now back in our physically-distanced office, looking forward to continuing online training and responsibly providing in-class training when feasible. Here’s a quick review of MEIA’s June programming:

June 15th-18th
When the pandemic disrupted the second half of the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness & Engagement Workshop, MEIA collaborated with presenters Okimaw Community & HR Solutions to successfully turn “Day 2” into a webinar series. These webinars are available for participants to re-watch until July 31st. 

June 17th
The First Biomass Boiler in a Public School in Manitoba – Primary Heat Source Webinar

The Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association’s flagship annual conference was cancelled due to the pandemic, and with it was many great presentations on renewable energy and energy alternatives. MEIA is very pleased to have been able to help sponsor and support pivoting this presentation into a webinar, providing more awareness on a made-in-Manitoba biomass to energy project.

For anyone considering the use of biomass as a heat source for your community infrastructure this is an excellent opportunity to learn how to do it. The recording of the webinar is available to view here.

June 26th
The Big Sleeper: Federal Carbon Tax Webinar
In Partnership with the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, this webinar explained the legislation in easy to understand components and outlined the intended application towards achieving reductions in carbon emissions.

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

MEIA Charity Golf Tournament 

Postponed due to COVID-19
Although this event has been postponed, we are still hoping to run the tournament when gathering restrictions have relaxed and it is safe to do so in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

MEIA’s charity golf tournament is in support of The Dream Factory, a Manitoba-based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. This event is open to everyone, no mater what your golfing abilities!

Click here to download the full list of sponsorship opportunities.
Contact the MEIA at (204) 783-7090 for details.

First Aid Training

One and Two Day Courses available!
EFA-C and AED – One-day Course: $55 for MEIA Members
SFA-C & AED – Two-day Course: $90 for MEIA Members

Contact the MEIA at (204) 783-7090 to register or email [email protected]

Member News and Announcements 

Efficiency Manitoba: Energy Efficient Programs

Energy efficiency programs have moved to Efficiency Manitoba. Here are some of the programs and offers currently available:

For Businesses
Business Lighting Program
Building Envelope Program
New Buildings Program
Small Business Program
Indigenous Small Business Program
Commercial Refrigeration Program
Custom Energy Solutions

For Communities
Community Energy Efficiency Program
This program offers municipalities the opportunity, support, and resources to hire a Community Energy Efficiency Advocate.

Manitoba Hydro will continue offering financing programs for energy efficiency upgrades. Efficiency Manitoba will have application forms and materials for the Home Insulation rebate offer and the Income Qualified Program available soon. In the meantime, please continue submitting Manitoba Hydro application forms for these programs. Visit Efficiency Manitoba for more details.

GFL: The Full Circle Project

The Full Circle Project (FCP) is a unique community-driven charitable giving program that lets GFL customers decide how a portion of GFL donations are directed.

If your municipality is a customer of residential services or if you are a residential subscription customer, you can sign up for email alerts and you will be notified when FCP is available in your area. Vote for your preferred charity class through an online form and suggest individual charities to receive donations. When all funds have been allocated, GFL will report back to customers on where and how donations were made, including which charities received them — so you can see how your input is actively making a difference within local communities! Read more about the Full Circle Project here.

Asked & Answered with The Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations

Presented by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC)
Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Because There Are Some Things You Just Can’t Google As part of the MCC’s ongoing series, Asked & Answered: Q&A with the Experts, this session will be dedicated to Northern issues, such as tourism, employment, and economic development initiatives. If you’re a resident of the North, a Northern business owner, or your company invests in the North, you should attend this webinar.
Have a question? Submit it in advance to [email protected]
Click here to register

Other News and Events

Green Strings: Principles and Conditions for a Green Recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has released Green Strings: Principles and Conditions for a Green Recovery from COVID-19, a new report featuring detailed green recovery guidelines for Canada’s policy makers. This report provides seven “green strings” that should be attached to COVID-19 recovery measures announced by Canada’s government. “Green strings” are key principles, criteria and conditionalities that are critical to apply to our ongoing economic stimulus and recovery efforts. 
Click here to read the report

Call for Proposals – Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is accepting applications for research funding for the 2020–2021 fiscal year for the Forest Innovation Program. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PDT. Late applications will not be accepted. Find out who is eligible and download a PDF of the application guide from the Canadian Forest Service publications catalogue. Contact the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) for an application form. Receipt of your request for financial support to be sent by July 21, 2020.

ECO Canada: Introduction to Passive and Semi-Passive Water Treatment for Mining Impacted Waters

July 15, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
ECO Canada Members: Free
Non-Members: $29

Passive water treatment is now becoming a requirement for mine closure in many jurisdictions in Canada and globally. Understanding the current status of technology and application is critical to success for mine water management and permitting. Having a foundation of knowledge and understanding of terms, considerations, and applications is important to staying up to date with industry trends.

This course is designed to provide regulators, owners, and operators with information about types of modern-day PTSs, their applications, strengths, weaknesses, and paths to implementation. The intention is to develop a common understanding and language around PTSs, how they work, and when they can be applied to treat mine impacted waters.
For more information click here.

Province Provides Economic & Fiscal Update: Impact of COVID-19

The Manitoba government released its economic and fiscal update assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, citing an expected deficit for 2020-21 in the range of $2.9 billion, with a downside risk of a deficit of up to $5 billion in the event of a prolonged economic downturn.
Manitoba’s road to recovery will focus on two strategies: continued investments in public health preparedness and increased investment in jobs and growth. Click here to view the Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Phase 3 of Restoring Safe Services in Manitoba came into effect June 21, 2020. 
Visit the Province of Manitoba website for programs and resources for businesses and non-profits.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce have published their BACK TO BUSINESS TOOLKIT to help businesses navigate the next phase of reopening.

Leadership Development Program 2020

Presented by Bioscience Association of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba
Train one 10% discount / Train two 15 % discount / Train three or more 20% discount
Only until August 28
BAM Members: $3,000
Non-Members: $3,500
*Registration for individual sessions also available

This program consists of 17 different topics over 10 days, designed to help you develop leadership skills to enhance your personal and business life.
Learning outcomes include; decision making, coaching for performance, succession planning, communication skills, leading high performing and inclusive teams, emotional intelligence awareness and change management. New to program: highly valued one-on-one personal coaching and mentoring.
This 72 hour Leadership Development Program is accredited by the University of Manitoba towards a Certificate in Applied Management
For more information and to register, click here

Employment Standards Code Changes and COVID-19: How They Currently Affect Your Business

Presented by Thompson Dorfman Sweatman and Food & Beverage Manitoba
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Food & Beverage MB Members: Free
Non-Members: $25

Learn about temporary amendments to termination of employment regulations and what this may mean for businesses during COVID-19.

  1. ​​What does the Code say about temporary lay-offs? Notice of termination?
  2. What are the requirements when laying off a large group of employees?
  3. What leaves of absence related to COVID-19 are employees entitled to?

Click here for more information and to register.