In a letter to Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance on April 15, Gary Vidal, Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River riding, and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Indigenous Services, asked for First Nation Limited Partnerships to be eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) assistance program. Vidal’s concern layed in legal technical wording in the federal announcement for improved clarity of who is eligible for emergency benefits. On May 1, Vidal and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced Limited Partnerships are now eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), in order to retain and re-hire staff who may have lost employment because of COVID-19. “This means the limited partnership are now on equal footing as any other business that would qualify for the wage subsidy,” Vidal told meadowlakeNOW. “It gives [Limited Liability Partnerships] the opportunity to make sure they keep their employees on the payroll if there are challenges because of COVID-19 with revenue declines and the criteria there, they can keep their people employed and be supported in doing that.” Vidal said his advocacy may bring some relief for local Limited Liability Partnerships who may have been excluded from federal negotiations once the pandemic hit the nation.