News & Events
Recently the MLOA received the following documents from the Wildlife and Fisheries branch, the purpose of which is to share knowledge about Manitoba Moose Populations.
“Over the last 10 -15 years, declines in Southern Manitoba moose populations have resulted in Moose Conservation Closures being established in large areas of wester Manitoba (Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas), part of the Interlake (GHAs 21 and 21A), and a portion of GHA 26 in Eastern Manitoba…” Read More.
Hard to Be a Moose in a Changing World:
“The Moose is important to many Manitobans, whether for its natural value, as a source of healthy food, cultural or traditional reasons or for non-consumptive uses such as wildlife viewing…” Read More.
Moose Conservation Closures:
Here you will find a complete map of full and partial game hunting areas closed to moose hunting. View the Closure Map.
2020 Big Game Survey Results:
The Government of Manitoba collects a variety of information to help manage wildlife populations in the province. One method used to collect information is conducting aerial population surveys. View the survey results right here.
Dear Industry Partners,
As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, our thoughts are no doubt still on what the future holds for our industry. We were very pleased to see in this week’s Throne Speech that the Manitoba government is committed to our industry’s recovery.
The government has committed to “updating the provincial tourism strategy to build back this important sector, and protect jobs and incomes for thousands of Manitobans”. In addition, the speech referenced the “need and role for a provincial venture capital investment fund to give Manitoba businesses better access to innovative financing to bridge established private investment capital sources”. Both of these commitments are promising for our industry.
These announcements build on the province’s commitment to economic recovery. The Manitoba government’s #RestartMB program is its roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID19 pandemic. First and foremost in the plan is the commitment to protect Manitobans while investing in jobs and economic stimulus. Through #RestartMB, the following supports are currently available to businesses:
The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is a $120 million program providing a one-time $6,000 non-interest bearing forgivable loan to eligible Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses experiencing hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public-health orders. The loan will be forgiven on December 31, 2020 if recipients declare at that time that they have not received any non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports greater than $6,000 in 2020. The program application deadline is currently October 31, 2020, and is subject to change as determined by the Manitoba government.
The Back to Work Manitoba initiative is a hiring program designed to support Manitoba’s economic recovery by encouraging Manitoba employers to bring back their employees or take on new hires. Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement of 50 per cent of total wages actually paid between July 16 and December 31, 2020, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker. Employers can apply to receive funding for up to 20 positions and receive up to $100,000.
B2B Manitoba is online marketplace to connect non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers with businesses who may need PPE to open and operate safely. Recent enhancements allow businesses to contract health and safety services, such as product installation, laundry, cleaning and disinfection. Learn more at https://b2bmanitoba.ca.
The Manitoba Economic Support Centre is call centre (1-888-805-7554) to help businesses, not-for-profits and charities facing economic challenges due to COVID-19 connect with provincial and federal support programs.
At the federal level, on October 2, $600 million in additional funding was announced for the Regional Relief Recovery Fund (RRRF) – $456 million – and Community Futures Fund (CFF) – $144 million. Tourism businesses were identified as one of the targeted sectors for this funding.
The federal government also extended the application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) from August 31 to October 31, 2020. The program is available to those with qualifying payroll or non-deferrable expenses that have so far been unable to apply due to not operating from a business banking account.
The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is also extended, to June 2021. Through BCAP, the government is supporting the flow of additional credit that businesses need to maintain operations and keep employees on the payroll. Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will continue to work with lenders to support access to capital for Canadian businesses of all sizes in all sectors and regions.
In addition to these announcements, the government’s Throne Speech on September 23 included several significant references to help for the tourism industry, including plans to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) through the summer of 2021, investments in liquidity measures including enhancements to the CEBA and BCAP programs, and support for regional routes for airlines. While announcements in the Throne Speech are not automatically put into action by government, it does serve as a roadmap for future policy.
And while many businesses struggle through the economic hardship of the pandemic, it is not a time to lose sight of the issues of anti-racism, inclusivity and diversity that affect our industry as they do others. The federal government recently announced funding for a partnership between Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and Tourism HR Canada to deliver free LGBT+ inclusivity workshops for Canada’s tourism industry. The workshop will help tourism based businesses learn about LGBT+ inclusion and how to effectively understand, value and serve LGBT+ customers and employees. The sessions are occurring across Canada over the coming months. More details can be found here.
As we anxiously await the daily briefings on case counts and test positivity rates, I hope that the lessons we have learned over the past six months stay with us through what may now be a “second wave”. As our industry continues to recover, the importance of maintaining the practices that have allowed us to come this far cannot be stressed enough. Physical distancing (and reducing capacity in order to accommodate physical distancing), insistence on employees staying at home if they are sick or exhibiting COVID-related symptoms, and adherence to strict mask wearing, cleaning and sanitization practices are more important than ever. I’m confident that our industry will set a positive example in this regard for other sectors to follow.
As we look ahead to the next phase of our Tourism Recovery Plan, from Respond to Rebuild to Restart, support like that from the provincial and federal governments, along with our industry’s adherence to all public health measures, will be critical to ensuring that Manitoba is – one day – able to welcome the world.
Travel Manitoba President & CEO
Technology is ever changing as is our digital footprints in the cyber space we live in, and we are all not good about making sure everyone who has contact information about us is updated when there are changes. The MLOA office has found differences in what is posted on the Resource Tourism Listings, Hunt Fish Manitoba and our own records.
The MLOA would like to take this opportunity to be sure we have the most accurate information for all our Members. We ask, you to take a minute to complete this Member Profile and answer our questions.
The MLOA is excited to announce that it’s now easier than ever to submit your member/allied showcase information. Simply fill out the form below and click “submit”. That’s it! We can then share your business with our members and the public!
Elicensing for the Customer
The elicensing Communication Committee has prepared elicensing How To Guides for frequently asked questions regarding Customer Accounts:
These resources are now available on our elicensing Information Resource Page.
If there are any further questions about elicensing, please email [email protected].
Shared Services Coordinator
Conservation & Climate
Government of Manitoba
With the financial assistance of the Fisheries and Wildlife Enhancement Fund, the MLOA contracted Probe Research to undertake of comparative study of hunting regulations and wildlife management strategies across Canada and selected American states. There are a number of areas where Manitoba compares favourably, and other areas where Manitoba can do better. The good news is that some of those areas of improvement are already being worked on by our government. Read the Probe Research report here.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s tourism industry is bracing for at least one more month of a non-essential travel ban between Canada and the United States.
The two countries have reached an agreement that will keep border restrictions in place until June 21, even as economies on both sides of the border slowly reopen.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to fishing lodge owners and outfitters, but that doesn’t make the situation any easier to deal with.
“It does create a great deal of angst for our fishing industry, especially our lodges and our outfitters,” said Brian Kotak, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association.
The organization estimates U.S. visitors represent 90 to 95 per cent of the industry’s business. Northern Manitoba lodges located above the 53rd parallel remain off-limits for people who don’t live in the region, meaning they’re still out of reach even to many potential clients living within the province.
“Of course those lodges in the north can’t receive any guests from the south whether it’s from the U.S., Ontario, Saskatchewan or anywhere else,” said Kotak.
Travel Manitoba president and CEO Colin Ferguson said popular tourist destinations such as Churchill could also feel the effects of the continued travel ban, with this summer’s beluga whale-watching season a key concern.
The head of Economic Development Winnipeg, the parent of organization of Tourism Winnipeg, said museums, attractions and restaurants also all rely on cross-border tourism – prompting the organization to shift its messaging.
“We know that there will be an impact,” said president and CEO Dayna Spiring. “We typically have campaigns that encourage people in North Dakota and Minnesota to come to Winnipeg – the dollar is an advantage for them, there’s great things to see and do, there’s great shopping to be had.”
“We’ve had to really pivot and change what our campaign looks like this year and this year it’s going to be about Manitobans. Doing a staycation.”
Tara Davis, owner of Tara Davis Studio Boutique, just reopened the doors to her Exchange District shop. It draws local customers and tourists looking for souvenirs and locally-made art.
Davis expects continued border restrictions will have a ripple effect on her business, especially come summer.
“It really shifts to American tourists away from the locals because a lot of us go to the cottage in Winnipeg,” she said.
Davis is just happy her shop is able reopen and looks forward to welcoming local customers and – when the time is right – tourists.
“For business, sure, I’d like people to come but I think for the safety of all Manitobans it is good to keep the border closed right now.”
05/08/20US Border Closures, Travel Restrictions and Obtaining a Fishing LicenseUS Border ClosureSince March 21, all non-essential (sorry, this includes fishing and hunting) travel between the US and Canada has been prohibited. There has been speculation circulating for weeks now about specific dates for re-opening the border. These are just rumours. Once Canada and the US agree on a re-opening date, our governments will make the official announcement along with any conditions that may accompany the re-opening. When this official announcement is made, we will post the information. Your lodge and outfitter will also contact you.Travel Restrictions When Entering Manitoba from Other ProvincesWhile strongly discouraged to do so, Canadians and people from other countries are allowed to travel to Manitoba. However, our current State of Emergency under the Emergency Measures Act and Public Health Orders require any person (with some exceptions such as those transporting goods and materials in or through Manitoba and who do not show symptoms of COVID-19, those that provide vital services and as specified in the Public Health Order, people traveling for emergency health services and more (see a complete list in the order) MUST self-isolate for 14 days until such time as the order is terminated.Travel Restrictions to Northern Manitoba
Travel to northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel of latitude) and to remote communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road is prohibited until the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer. The orders will continue to provide for some exceptions to this prohibition, including people who live north of the 53rd in Manitoba and who are returning home deliveries of goods and services vital to the north (as listed in the order) and people traveling north for employment for a vital business (as listed in the order).Obtaining Your Fishing LicenseFor non-residents (other Canadians) foreign residents (international travellers) coming to Manitoba to fish, you can now obtain your fishing license on-line (www.manitobaelicensing.ca) in advance of your trip and from the comfort of your home. We highly encourage you to obtain your fishing license on-line, as many of our lodges and outfitters are not able to do this for you when you arrive, due to lack of internet (or poor internet) and other requirements. Manitoba no longer offers paper-based fishing licenses and the only way to obtain them is via the internet. For those coming to hunt, your Outfitter will still provide your hunting license and tags when you arrive. Non-residents and foreign residents are not permitted to purchase Manitoba hunting licenses on-line.
Dr. Brian Kotak, Executive Director
Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters AssociationP.O. Box 70084, RPO Kenaston
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0X6
(204) 772-1912 (office)
(204) 345-4835 (cell)
Fishing season is scheduled to open.
2020 Fishing Season Open/Close Dates: Southern Division – Season opens May 9. Generally closed from April 6 to and including May 8. Northwest Division – Season opens May 16. Please remember your social distancing from other fishers.
This year licenses will be available as E-Licenses on line. You can now buy your fishing, hunting and provincial park permits on line. It is a good idea to go online and set up your account ahead of time. When they open the season it is going to be a rush to get your license. Manitoba has now joined most of the other provinces to offer E – Licensing. Check it out here.
Jim Schocky has a very important message for all of the Lodges and Outfitters. Please take a moment to listen to what he has to say.