Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made a couple of announcements in his 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday morning.

The province is extending $4.6 million to low-income Manitobans with disabilities.

Under the Disability Economic Support Program, each of these Manitobans will be mailed a $200 cheque in early June for one-time support, which will not be considered taxable income and won’t affect any other benefits received.

Pallister says “Manitobans living with disabilities may be facing additional costs to adjust to the new realities of daily life during the pandemic. As we respond to these challenges together, our government is making an important investment to help address urgent needs.”   

More information about the Disability Economic Support Program is available here.

In a joint statement with the premiers of British Columbia and Yukon, Pallister says he's pleased the federal government is looking at a sick leave program that protects people and businesses

He says paid sick leave is crucial for the safe restart of our economy and the trio of premiers tell us they're committed to working with the prime minister and other provinces and territories to move forward and ensure all Canadians have the protection they need during this pandemic.