COVID-19 Community Update

#RestartMB Pandemic Response System has moved to the Restricted (orange) level in Province of Manitoba

The COVID-19 response level on the province’s Pandemic Response System is being raised to restricted (orange) from caution (yellow) to reflect the increased severity of risk. Roussin noted the move to the restricted (orange) level will not affect schools. Schools will remain at the caution (yellow) level at this time to ensure youth can remain in school as much as possible.

Changes to existing Public Health Orders will take effect on Tuesday, October 5 2021 at 12:01 a.m. with some exceptions to provide a short grace period for some sectors. You can view the press release with all the details here. For all details on the current Public Health Orders, click here.


We want to provide the most up-to-date information you rely on as we respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The RM of St. Clements’ focus is on protecting the health, safety and security of our residents and staff.  

We understand that as we enter another year of the COVID-19 pandemic that much has changed. The one thing that has remained constant is that we are here to continue to keep our community and our employees as safe and healthy as possible. With numbers constantly changing, new variants of concern and constant news daily on changing orders and new vaccine eligibility we want to take a moment to thank our residents. Thank you for being there for each other and for being kind and compassionate towards others as we all take this on together but apart, thank you for helping us adhere to the changes we make for our staff and community to feel safe and thank you for having an urge to stay informed and ask questions.

RM of St. Clements Office Open to General Public

The past year has brought many unknowns and challenges for our community, our province, our country and ultimately the whole world as we try to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to thank our community for doing what needs to be done so that we can remain hopeful as the Province begins to loosen restrictions with help from vaccination numbers increasing.

Our Municipal Offices are currently open to the public with our regular office hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

We want to share with you some important safety measures that will continue to be in effect so that we can all feel confident and comfortable. As we begin to slowly return to a new normal, we should continue to remain cautious and continue to practice the fundamentals that we’ve come to know. Our community’s health and safety remain our upmost concern and we thank you in advance for helping us adhere to these changes.

  • We first ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms that you avoid the Municipal and Public Works offices
  • There is a sign in sheet at our front desk for those coming into the office, in the event that there were to be a case we can contact you
  • Masks remain mandatory for those coming into our office as they provide an extra layer of safety for yourself, our office staff and our community
  • Once you are in our office you’ll notice stickers on the floor to practice physical distancing, a plexi guard now erected on our front counter and plenty of hand sanitizer for you to use
  • A reminder that we do accept payments online through your banking institution as a bill payment, as well as we do have a mail slot located at the back door of our office for those wanting to avoid coming into make a payment

St. Clements Connect

We are urging all residents to sign up for St. Clements Connect.  As COVID-19 evolves the RM of St. Clements believes communication with our residents is key to ensuring public safety.  Our new communication system, Connect, is the best way of doing so as we can alert you to the latest news and emergency updates.

You can choose any or all of the following contact options: voice message on land line phone, text or voice message on cell phone or email to receive notifications about emergencies and other important issues.  Sign up here.

We all play a role in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, and the starting point is reliable information.  You can help by encouraging your friends and family to sign up for Connect.  Thank you for doing your part!

Vaccine Information

Manitoba has launched a new #ProtectMB Campaign!  The campaign features a new website that provides information on vaccine eligibility, immunization sites and online booking. As well as sharing stories about vaccines, myth-busting information and real-time updates.

After signing up, #ProtectMB will provide Manitobans with updates on the vaccination program direct to their email inbox. In the case of eligibility or supply changes, an urgent message can be sent to ensure people have access to accurate and timely information.

Please share this tool with your friends and family and encourage them to sign-up online so they’re ready to be immunized when it’s their turn!


Everyday the Province is releasing new information on vaccinations for Manitobans.  To stay up to date with this information, the Province of MB has created a vaccine dashboard that includes the following:

If you fit the current criteria, appointments can be made at the Selkirk super-site immunization clinic located at 100 Easton Drive (former site of the Selkirk and District General Hospital) by calling the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222 from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.  Please have your health card ready.

To view the Provincial vaccine news releases, click here.

Public Health and Virus Information

For accurate and up-to-date information regarding personal preventative measures, testing and more, please refer to the following:

Government of Canada Coronavirus Website

Province of Manitoba Public Health Coronavirus Website

For all News Releases from the Province of Manitoba, please click here.

Public Information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744

Health Links-Info Sante: 204-788-8200 or toll free 1-888-315-9257

Experiencing symptoms?  Take a self assessment with the COVID-19 Screening Tool

Changes at Offices, Facilities and Services

Municipal offices – our Municipal Offices are open to the public with our regular office hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Council Meetings & Public Hearings

  • The Council Chambers has been setup to maintain physical distancing for Council Members, however Council members may choose to attend virtually
  • Due to size restraints of the Council Chambers public attendance at Council meetings and public hearings will continue to be provided virtually
  • In-Person attendance at Council meetings will be restricted to individuals who are able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations only. All others will be allowed to participate virtually via link provided to them after registration. Meetings will be available live through YouTube
  • Support, objections, or questions can be received prior to 2:00 pm on the day of the hearing.  These items will be presented to the council and recorded in the minutes.  Please email your support, objections, or comments to info@rmofstclements.com or call 204-482-3300.  The following information must be provided:
    • Full name
    • Civic address
    • Phone number
    • Hearing Number i.e. Conditional Use Application No. 01/20 (located on the public hearing notice)
  • If you register to attend a Public Hearing virtually, you will be emailed the ZOOM link/invitation to the email that you provided. If you do not have access to internet or a computer, please let us know and we will work with you.

Playgrounds and parks

We do not have the ability to disinfect any playground or park equipment within our Municipality and thus recommend against the use of either due to the potential to contract and spread the COVID-19 virus.  Use of any playground, park or other municipal property shall be done at your own risk with no promise that the playground, park or property is disinfected or safe from the virus.

Municipal Services

Essential services remain in operation.

Animal control – remains operational.

By-Law – remains operational.

Curbside garbage and recycling pickup – remains operational.

Flood prevention management – maintenance and prevention will continue as usual.

Fire response – remains operational.

Landfill – remains operational.

Public works – remains operational.  

Transfer stations – remain operational.

Water & Wastewater services – remains operational.

We will continue to provide updates regarding any changes to services here and on our Facebook page.

Important reminders:

  • Sanitary products and sanitary wipes are not to be disposed (flushed) down the sewer system. These products are to be disposed of in the garbage. Although they may say “flushable” or “septic safe” on the packaging, they are most definitely not flushable or septic safe.
    These products will cause damage and blockages to either personal sewer systems (septic systems, holding tanks) and municipal sewer systems.
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that medical items such as gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and facial tissues not be put in your recycling bins.  These items are considered contamination and when they end up in the blue bin, sorting staff have to manually remove them off the line.  For the health and safety of the collection and sorting staff and the community, please only include accepted items in your recycling.
  • As stated above masks, gloves, wipes, tissues, napkins, paper towels should not be put in your recycling bins and put into your garbage instead.  For those enrolled in Curbside Pickup, Emterra is asking that you place these items in a sealed garbage bag to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Other Helpful COVID-19 Links and Provincial Resources

For planning and preparedness information, click to Make a Plan for COVID-19.

For more information on being prepared from the Government of Canada, click here.

Government of Canada COVID-19 related travel advisories

For more information from the Province of Manitoba click here.

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Contains Advice for Self-monitoring)

Self-Isolation Fact Sheet

What Do I Do While Waiting for My (COVID-19) Test Results?

B2B Manitoba – This newly created app is a health and safety online marketplace to allow businesses and not-for-profits to contract health and safety services.  It helps connect Manitoba businesses with non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed to operate safely.

Help Next Door MB – This new tool launched by the Province connects volunteers safely with Manitobans needing assistance.

My Learning at Home – This new web portal created by the Province has supplemental home learning resources for parents and caregivers.

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program (AbilitiCBT) – This new digital cognitive behavioural therapy program helps to support the mental health of Manitobans and help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EngageMBA website for Manitobans to share their feedback and thoughts in a variety of ways.  Through the EngageMB platform the government and public health officials will host a series of telephone town halls with Manitobans from across the province.  Click here to register for the next upcoming town hall phone call.

SharedHealth – Shared Health is currently advertising for following temporary and casual positions to help support the fight against COVID-19.

MB Government COVID-19 Business Assistance Toolkit – The MB government wants to provide assistance to those businesses dealing with the many complications COVID-19 brings. Toolkit will include more poster templates, decal designs, website graphics, and social media content you can use on your channels.

Health Canada COVID Alert App – The Health Canada COVID Alert App helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.

Federal Program and Support Fund Information

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Service Canada offices located across Manitoba are available to provide assistance for the CERB program as well as other employment related programming.

For the CERB program information, click here here.

For Service Canada support and contact information, click here.

COVID-19 CRA Initiatives – Briefing document outlining federal government initiatives for business and individuals, thus far.  It has links to all resources.

Federal and Provincial Programming for Businesses

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) includes the following programs:

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides much needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.  It is 100 per cent funded by the Government of Canada.

EDC Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises provides credit and cash flow term loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. Canadian businesses in all sectors that were otherwise financially viable and revenue generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible to apply. It allows financial institutions to issue operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to existing clients, with 80 per cent guaranteed by EDC. This money is to be used for operational expenses, not for dividend payouts, shareholder loans, bonuses, stock buyback, option issuance, increases to executive compensation or repayment/refinancing of other debt.

BDC Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises provides term loans for operational and liquidity needs of businesses, which could include interest payments on existing debt. Similar to the EDC program, this program is available to businesses that were financially viable and revenue-generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Loans would be interest-only for the first 12 months, with a 10-year repayment period.

United Way COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund – for more information on the activities they will fund click here or visit https://unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/ecsf/.

Regional Relief and Recovery Funding (RRRF) Program for COVID-19 pandemic assistance for small business.  For more details on eligibility, please click here.

If you are interested in applying for assistance please use this link  – https://northred.commongoalsapp.com/ApplyNow?appid=1  – and follow the application instructions.

Manitoba Bridge Grant – grant for businesses and organizations required to close under current public health orders – for more information, eligibility and to apply click here 

Resources

It’s natural to have anxiety around the unknown and COVID-19 presents plenty of unknowns.  The constant information on the virus and its effects, along with social distancing can be overwhelming.  It is very important to take care of yourself and to take care of loved ones.  Some things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories including social media
  • Take care of your body which can include deep breathing, stretching and meditating.  Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals and get plenty of sleep
  • Incorporate physical activity whether that includes going for a walk or doing exercises with your family
  • Connect with family and friends via phone call or video messaging. Talking to someone you trust about your feelings can be not only helpful for you, but also helpful for them

Below we’ve put together a list of resources including support lines, recipe ideas and suggestions for physical activity.

Mental Health

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority – website with resources to support mental and physical health as well as a 24 hour crisis line.  For crisis line call 204-482-5419 or 1-866-427-8628

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba – provides support for Manitobans with anxiety disorders during this challenging time.  For support line call 204-925-0040

Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba – provides guidance on navigating and accessing mental health support and services.  For info call 204-775-6442 or email hub@cmhawpg.mb.ca

Klinic Community Health Crisis Support

Mental Health Resource Guide 2020

Food

Recipes from Government of Canada’s food guide

Easy recipes to make with children

Physical Activity

Province of Manitoba In Motion walking guide

Heart and Stroke Foundation get healthy and stay active  – website offers information on healthy kids, reducing stress, healthy eating and recipes

Winnipeg in Motion – guide for circuit training including exercise posters ranging from low intensity to high intensity

Active for Life – keeping kids active with lesson plans and hundreds of activities you can do with kids at home

ParticipACTION – resources encouraging physical activity as being a vital part of everyday life

Online Museum Tours – Manitoba

Manitoba 150 – exhibit which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province this year.

Manitoba Museum – the Manitoba Museum recently launched ManitobaMuseum@Home, with online experiences.

Winnipeg Art Gallery – the Winnipeg Art Gallery recently launched WAG@Home which shares art-related content that people can admire from afar, such as My Daily Art, a new series that will share an artwork from the WAG collection every day.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum – the Austin-based museum has an online artifact collection.

Royal Aviation Musuem of Western Canada – one of the online highlights of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada are the 360-degree cockpit tours that allow the visitor to ‘sit’ in the cockpit or cargo hold of many of the museums aircraft from the comfort of home

Canadian Museum for Human Rights – a new guided virtual tour and a number of children’s activities and other content available at ‘Explore the Museum from Home’ along with another new feature called ‘Share your Story’.

Red River North Heritage – discover the rich heritage of one of the oldest settled areas in Manitoba.  Use this website to learn about the history, different historic sites, browse photos and more.