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Saskatchewan: COVID-19 relief measures for your business

We know that this is a difficult time, full of uncertainty. The information you need to run your business changes rapidly, and it can be hard to keep track and make sense of it all.  

In order to relieve some of the pressure on small businesses such as yours, we are gathering all the information you need about government services and supports in Saskatchewan and putting it in this one location. We will continue working with governments to ensure additional relief measures become available for your business as the situation evolves.

Please check back regularly. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Current public health measures:

UPDATED! April 7: Saskatchewan's current restrictions extended until April 26

NOTE:On April 7th, the Government of Saskatchewan extended current public health orders until (at least) April 26th, 2021. Additionally, the province has updated restrictions for food, beverage and liquor serving premises across Saskatchewan. 

For more information on the public health orders currently in place, read below. 


NOTE: Effective Tuesday, March 9, individual households may create a 'bubble' up to a maximum of ten individuals in a home at any one time.

The ten individuals should be from two to three consistent households. The total number in the gathering cannot be more than ten. You must be consistent in your household bubble: the bubble of ten is always the same individuals, from the same households. You may not join multiple bubbles.  


The Government of Saskatchewan's current public health orders (below) will remain in effect until at least April  12, 2021. 

Mandatory masking:

  • Mandatory masking province-wide in indoor public spaces.
  • Mandatory, non-medical mask use will be required during all indoor fitness activities, with aquatic activities the only exception. 
  • Read the guidelines for wearing non-medical masks

Retail and malls:

  • Retail services (essential and non-essential) must reduce their capacity to 50 per cent as prescribed in the public health order. Large big box retailers, as defined in the public health order, must reduce to 25 per cent of capacity.
  • Retail businesses must enhance the expectation of mask use and mitigation measures (reduced traffic, directional flow signage, hand sanitizer, etc.) through signage and staff training;
  • Review the Clothing and Retail Guidelines.

All restaurants and licensed establishments (bars, taverns, nightclubs)

      Sport, Fitness and Dance:

      • All team/group sports, activities, games, competitions, recitals, practices, etc. are suspended, including amateur and recreational leagues for all age groups. Examples include hockey, curling, racquet sports, cheerleading, dance practices in group setting, etc.
      • Athletes and dancers 18 years of age and under may continue practicing, conditioning and skills training in groups of eight or fewer, abiding by the required mask use and at least three metres of physical distancing between participants at all times.
        • Individual groups of eight may not share a training/rehearsal surface or space at the same time.
        • Coaches /trainers are not included in the training group numbers as long as they are masked and maintain a minimum physical distance of three metres.
      • Fitness activities and group fitness classes in groups of eight or fewer continues to be permitted, for all ages. Mask use and at least three metres of physical distancing between participants must be maintained.
      • Review the Sports and Activities Guidelines.
      • Review the Gyms and Fitness Facilities Guidelines.

      Indoor Public Event Gatherings:

      • Indoor public banquets, conferences, wedding and funeral receptions in public venues will be limited to 30 people. Food or beverages may not be present or served.

      Performance and Gaming Venues

      • Casinos and bingo halls must close, VLTs in facilities outside of casinos and bingo halls are permitted.
      • Capacity will be restricted to 30 people at all arenas, live theatres, movie theatres, performing arts venues and any other facilities.
      • Where any of these facilities offer food or beverage service, they must keep the activity separate (i.e. cordoned off) from the food and beverage service. No food or drink may be in the activity area.

      Other: 

      • Personal care services must reduce customer occupancy by 50 per cent.
      • Entertainment transportation no longer permitted

      Non-business guidelines:

      • All private dwelling indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 individuals. 
        • It is recommended the 10 individuals be from no more than two additional households. 
        • You must be consistent in your household bubble, the bubble of ten should always be the same individuals.  You should not join multiple bubbles.
        • Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons who are not a member of the household and not included when determine the maximum number of people allowed.
      • Outdoor gatherings limited to maximum 10 people (People in attendance must ensure that physical distancing of at least two metres between households is maintained).
      • Visits to long-term care and personal care homes suspended except for compassionate reasons.

      Isolation requirements: 

      • Individuals who are household members or close contacts of a person or persons with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the last date of exposure and call HealthLine 811 if they become symptomatic.
      • Individuals who travelled internationally must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of arrival back into Canada, except for the following people if they are supervised by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace:
        • specific health care workers;
        • workers who provide emergency health care services;
        • workers who are essential to maintaining essential services;
        • workers who maintain the supply chain; or
        • rail, airline and transport crews.
      • Individuals identified by a Medical Health Officer as having COVID-19 or a close contact to someone with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation until it is determined they no longer pose a public health threat.

      Health recommendations: 

      • Non-essential travel, including interprovincial travel, is strongly discouraged.
      • Working from home should be implemented wherever possible, especially for all non-essential services.

      The Public Health Orders related to these measures have been extended until at least April 26, 2021.

      Read the full text: Provincial Public Health Order - April 7, 2021.

      Download the Government of Saskatchewan's free health and safety guidance posters for your business.

      If you have questions, please call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]

      UPDATED! March 30: Additional restrictions take effect in Regina and surrounding communities

      On March 23rd, the Government of Saskatchewan announced additional restrictions for businesses and households in Regina and surrounding communities, which will remain in place until (at least) April 12th.

      Effective on March 23rd:

      • All private indoor gatherings in the Regina area are prohibited immediately. Regina and area residents may not expand their household "bubble". All indoor gatherings are restricted to immediate household members only.
        • Persons who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one consistent household of less than five individuals.  Co-parenting arrangements are permitted to continue.
        • Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons who are not a member of the household are not included in the maximum number of people allowed in that household.

      Effective on March 28th

      • All restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining. Take-out and delivery is permitted.
      • Event venues including banquet and community halls, conference facilities, arts venues, museums, libraries, live theatre, cinemas, arcades, bowling and science centres, or any non-essential indoor locations that had limits of 30 individuals are not permitted to operate at this time.  

      In addition, a travel advisory has been issued for Regina and area communities. Travel is not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary. It is also strongly recommended that all individuals in the Regina area able to work from home do so.

      The following communities that will be impacted by these restrictions are:

      • City of Regina
      • Belle Plaine
      • Pense
      • Grand Coulee,
      • Lumsden Beach
      • Regina Beach
      • Craven
      • Lumsden
      • Edenwold
      • Pilot Butte
      • White City
      • Balgonie
      • Kronau
      • Davin
      • Gray
      • Riceton,
      • RM of Lajord
      • RM of Edenwold
      • RM of Sherwood
      • RM of Pense
      • RM of Lumsden

      Read the full text: Provincial Public Health Order - March 23, 2021 (includes Regina and area restrictions)

      If you have questions, please call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or  email [email protected]

       

      NEW! March 18: Saskatchewan announced special vaccination leave for staff effective March 18

      On March 18, the Government of Saskatchewan amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 to allow for paid time off from work for an employee to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and are effective immediately. Special Vaccination Leave is similar to provisions allowing residents to vote during a general election.

      The new section 6-22.1, Special Vaccination Leave, establishes that during the pandemic:

      • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
      • Workers are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work.
      • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

      If you have questions, please call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]

      Personal Protective Equipment Suppliers in Saskatchewan

      Businesses may be required to utilize Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in order to protect themselves and their clients/customers and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

      In an effort to help Saskatchewan businesses source the PPE they need, the provincial government has compiled lists of PPE suppliers. The list of PPE suppliers & list of Saskatchewan producers approved by Health Canada to manufacture hand sanitizers can be viewed here on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.

      Please note – these lists of suppliers are not exhaustive and the provincial government does not endorse nor certify any of these companies. Businesses are responsible for conducting their own due diligence should they choose to utilize any of these suppliers.

      Support for businesses:

      NEW! March 24: Saskatchewan introduces temporary caps on third-party delivery fees for restaurants

      On March 24th, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that caps will be set on fees that third-party delivery services can charge on restaurant orders across the province between March 28th and April 30th, 2021. 

      These caps will ensure that delivery fees are capped at:

      • 18% of a customer's pre-tax order if the third-party services delivers, or
      • 10% on the purchase price if a customer orders through the third-party service but picks up food from the restaurant themselves.

      This measure is in addition to help for restaurant delivery fees through the Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR). This program allows restaurants to claim a 50% subsidy for delivery costs between April 1st, 2020, and February 28th, 2021. This SRAR program expires on March 31st.   

      UPDATED! March 23: Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) extended to cover February, March & April

      NOTE: On March 23, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) will be further extended to the month of April for businesses in Regina and surrounding communities that are impacted by additional public health orders announced on March 23. Application details will be announced in the coming days.


      NOTE: On February 25, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the This expansion will offer payments for both February and March 2021 of up to $5,000 per month that can be used for any purpose. You can apply here

      NOTE: New businesses may also qualify for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) - Phase 2. Contact [email protected] or 1-800-667-6102 for advice on the specific situation. 


      NOTE: On January 29, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) will be renewed to cover businesses closed during the month of January, 2021. Applicants will be eligible for up to $5,000 in additional funding. For businesses that qualified for the December intake of the program will not have to re-apply for January. However, businesses will be contacted to attest that they remain eligible for the January payment.


      On December 3, the provincial government announced that the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) – Phase 2. Applications opened on Monday, December 7. This program provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance to eligible small businesses that have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations between December 1 and (now extended to) March 31, 2021 due to a public health order to help control transmission of COVID-19. 

      The program was initially offered in April 2020 and then extended for May 2020. The amended Phase 2 of the program has been established for December 1 – 31, 2020 and later extended to include January 1 - 31, 2021.The program has now been further extended to include the months of February and March, 2021. 

      Financial assistance includes a payment of up to $5,000 (per month for December, January, February and March) that could be used for any purpose. Payments are calculated based on 15% of a business's monthly sales revenue in any of November 2019, December 2019, or February 2020. The applicant may select the month to provide the business with the most financial assistance. For seasonal businesses, payments are based on 15% of a seasonal business's average monthly sales revenue, based on the full months that the business carried on operations in 2019.

      To be eligible, a Saskatchewan business must:

      • Have been carrying on business in Saskatchewan on October 31, 2020;
      • Maintain a permanent establishment in Saskatchewan and pay income tax to Saskatchewan;
      • Have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations through a COVID-19 public health order;
      • Have less than 500 full-time and part-time employees;
        • In the year before the public health order; or
        • When averaged for the 3 years before the year in which the public health order was made;
      • Attest that they:
        • have experienced a loss, or will experience a loss, in sales revenue from business activities from December 1 to December 31, 2020, January 1 to January 31, 2021, February 1 to February 28, 2021, and March 1 to March 31, 2021 due to a public health order; and
        • plan to reopen or continue operations following the cancellation of the public health orders.
      • Apply before April 31, 2021.

      You can apply now by visit the SSBEPP program website.

      For more information, visit the program website, email [email protected] or call 1-800-667-6102 or 306-787-6645 in Regina.

      You can also call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]

      NEW! February 25: Province renews Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP)

      NOTE: On February 25, the Government of Saskatchewan renewed the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP). The program will begin accepting applications on March 8 and the deadline to apply is April 30.  


      The Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP) will provide financial assistance for tourism businesses that have seen a significant drop in sales revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The program will begin accepting applications starting at 2 p.m. on August 24, 2020.

      Funding is available under two streams:

      Program payments for businesses in the event business sector will be based on the number of attendees the event typically attracts:

      • $7,500 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts less than 2,500 attendees;
      • $10,000 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts 2,500 to 5,000 attendees;
      • $15,000 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts more than 5,000 attendees.

      Program payments for businesses in the attractions or tour business sectors will be based on the business’ number of employees.

      • $7,500 to an eligible applicant with 1 to 4 employees;
      • $10,000 to an eligible applicant with 5 to 10 employees; 
      • $15,000 to an eligible applicant with more than 10 employees. 

      Eligible applicants must:

      • Be a tourism business;
      • Maintain a permanent establishment in Saskatchewan;
      • Have been eligible to conduct business in Saskatchewan on February 29, 2020;
      • Have experienced a loss of sales revenue of at least 30% when compared to 2019;
      • Intend to carry on business operations; and
      • Not receive funding from the Government of Saskatchewan to cover its core funding.

      Loss of sales revenue will be considered as follows:

      • For year-round business, sales revenue in June 2020 would be compared to average monthly sales revenue in 2019.
      • For a seasonal business, the applicant's bookings or sales revenues are expected to decline 30% when compared to 2019.
      • For an event business, the applicant's planned events for 2020 have been canceled.

      For additional information on the program, call 1-800-667-6102 or 306-787-6645 in Regina. 

      UPDATED! January 7 The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program application deadline extended to March 31

      Note: the application deadline for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy was extended to March 31, 2021.

      On January 7, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the application deadline for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy was extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021. 

      This temporary training program aims to help businesses train employees to enhance safety protocols and adjust business models as they re-open. The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program will reimburse eligible private-sector employers 100 per cent of employee training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per business to mitigate against additional financial impacts from training required to support their safe re-opening.

      Benefits

      • Training support through the RSTS program will ensure employers have access to training to maintain business activities while continuing to promote workplace safety and stimulate competitiveness without a financial burden;
      • Employers select the trainee(s) and the training program;
      • 100% reimbursement to eligible employers for approved training;
      • Approved employers will receive 33% of the cost of training upon entering into a training agreement with the government. The remaining 67% will be paid upon completion of final reporting and verification of actual expenditures; and
      • The maximum payment is $10,000 to eligible employers for the RSTS Program.

       

      Eligibility

      Employers

      To be eligible, employers must be on the Government of Saskatchewan's list of critical public services and allowable businesses during the emergency period, or eligible to resume operations in a confirmed phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

      The list of critical public services and allowable businesses is updated periodically as the provincial economy reopens to services and communities, and will be used to identify eligible employers.

      Eligible employers must be on the critical public services and allowable businesses list as of the application received date or during the eligibility assessment processing period.

      Publicly funded organizations such as health regions, post-secondary training institutions, public libraries, municipalities and school divisions are not eligible under this program.

      Self-employed individuals are not eligible to participate as RSTS supported trainees.

      Trainees

      • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a Social Insurance Number;
      • May be either a new hire or an existing employee; and
      • Temporary Foreign Workers are not eligible.
      • Training Costs
      • Tuition fees or fees charged by the training provider;
      • Mandatory student fees;
      • Textbooks, software and other required materials;
      • Learning material fees; and
      • Examination fees.

      * Training taken prior to an approved contract is not eligible for funding.

      Training

      Training is flexible. Employers choose the training program and mode of delivery that will meet their needs within the following requirements:

      • Must be delivered by a Saskatchewan based third party not affiliated with the employer;
      • Must be a minimum of 8 hours in length per trainee by the same training provider and completed within 4 months; and
      • Must result in a credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.).

      Trainers

      Third-party trainers must be based in Saskatchewan and could include:

      • Post-secondary education institutions;
      • Private vocational schools, trade unions; and
      • Private industry trainers.

      Application Deadline: Applications must be received on or before March 31, 2021.

      Application Documents:

      APPLY HERE: Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Application

      UPDATED! December 22 - Saskatchewan Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate now open

      On December 7, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the new Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR) to assist businesses as they adapt to address the challenges caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

      The rebate will assist businesses who have adapted to different business models, such as changing the use of square footage, installing physical infrastructure to comply with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, and upgrading technology, such as websites, to enhance their business. 

      The program is for Saskatchewan businesses that employ less than 100 people, have or will incur expenses to adapt their business model between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, plan to continue operating, and have experienced at least a 30 per cent revenue decline compared to 2019.

      Eligible applicants will receive a rebate of 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 for a $10,000 expenditure, with amounts being determined based on business expenditures for changing business models to adapt to the current environment related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The minimum business expenditure that will be reimbursed is $300 (which would mean a $150 government contribution).

      Eligible expenses include website development or enhancements to support curbside pickup or delivery, initial costs for new software, costs of renovations and lasting equipment needed to operate safely like hand sanitation stations, or contactless payment. They do not include staff costs, personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer or cleaning products.

      Applications are now open for the SRAR program (application deadline is March 31, 2021). 

      APPLY HERE

      For more information, call 1-800-667-6102 or 306-787-6645 in Regina.

      You can also call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]

      NEW! December 7 - WCB is freezing 2021 average rate at $1.17

      On December 7, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced that it will hold the 2021 average employer premium rate at the 2020 rate of $1.17, and will cap industry level rates at 10%. These measures are aimed at providing some economic relief to Saskatchewan businesses struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Under the WCB’s rate model, the 2021 average required rate should have been $1.23 per hundred dollars of payroll without the board level hold. 

      June 5: Saskatchewan Announces Temporary Commercial Eviction Protection For Tenants

      Temporary Moratorium Issued to Support Small Businesses

      The Government of Saskatchewan announced temporary commercial eviction protection for small business tenants during the COVID-19 emergency.  The moratorium on evictions applies to landlords that are eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program but choose not to.

      The province is encouraging landlords and tenants to work together, and is also encouraging eligible landlords to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, which will help support small businesses by reducing their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those eligible landlords who choose not to apply, there will be a moratorium on evicting small business tenants who are not able to pay their rent.

      The CECRA program began accepting applications from commercial property owners in Saskatchewan on May 27. In partnership with the provinces and territories, the federal program provides rent relief to small business tenants where their operations have paused or been curtailed and lost at least 70 per cent of their revenue as a result of COVID-19.  Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75 per cent rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.  The CECRA loans to landlords, which equal 50 per cent of total rent, will be forgiven if the landlord complies with program terms and conditions, including an agreement to not recover forgiven rent amounts when the program is over.  To qualify for the program, the commercial property owner must apply, and their qualifying business tenant must cooperate by signing an attestation on experiencing financial hardship.

      Temporary commercial eviction protection is an order issued under section 18 of The Emergency Planning Act, where an emergency program with respect to commercial leases “applies to any lease between a tenant and a landlord who is not eligible for assistance under the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program in respect of that tenant for the sole reason that the landlord has not, as required to be eligible for that program, entered into a rent reduction agreement with the tenant that includes a moratorium on eviction.”

      The emergency order restricting commercial evictions is effective immediately.

      Update: Changes to Employment Standard Regulations

      In addition to changes made to The Saskatchewan Employment Act that introduced a new unpaid public health emergency leave and removed the 13-week employment requirement to access sick leave and the requirement for a doctor’s note to access sick leave, The Employment Standard Regulations have also been amended to:

      • Ensure that during a public emergency, businesses will not have to provide notice or pay in lieu of notice when they lay-off staff if it is for a period of 12 weeks or less in a 16-week period; and
      • UPDATE: Employers do not have to provide notice or pay instead of notice for layoffs that will occur during and up to two weeks after the end of the Chief Medical Health Officer’s Public Health Order. The additional two weeks are provided for employers and employees to prepare for the employee to return to work. Employees are to be scheduled on or before the end of the two weeks, otherwise their employment is considered to be terminated and pay instead of notice is due. Pay instead of notice would be calculated from the date the employee was originally laid off. Employees on a temporary layoff would still be considered employees but would be able to apply for Federal Employment Insurance Benefits.

      Note: The Chief Medical Health Officer's current Public Health Order came into effect on September 10th, and remains in effect until in the opinion of the Chief Medical Health Officer, there is no longer a public health threat.

      These amendments create a balance for employers and employees where the difficult decision may be made to lay-off employees due to public health emergencies. In this circumstance, employees would have immediate access to new federal employment insurance programs, while keeping employers financially stable to ensure employees have a job to return to.
       

      For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan's COVID-19: Questions and Answers on Leaves, Layoffs and Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace

      Business Response Team

      To provide support to Saskatchewan businesses seeking to navigate the uncertain conditions caused by COVID-19, the Government of Saskatchewan will be establishing a single window information webpage for businesses to access information and receive timely updates on provincial support initiatives.  This will be complemented by the establishment of a Business Response Team, led by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, which will work with businesses to identify program supports relevant to particular businesses available to them both provincially and federally.

      An email address and toll-free telephone number have been created to provide businesses a single point of contact to help answer questions.  A single window information webpage has also been developed for businesses to access information and receive timely updates on provincial support initiatives.  The webpage includes information on both provincial and federal support measures, including the province’s recently announced financial support program.

      For more information, businesses can contact the Business Response Team by calling 1-844-800-8688, emailing [email protected] or by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses

      SaskBuilds Single Procurement Service

      The Government of Saskatchewan has been contacted by many businesses, individuals and groups who have offered ideas and solutions.  As such, the SaskBuilds Single Procurement Service will serve as a central point of contact and co-ordination. If you are a Saskatchewan business, innovator, or supplier and you think you have a solution that can help us fight COVID-19, you may direct your submission to [email protected].

      Other support measures:

      Crown Corporations - utility payment relief

      Crown Utility Interest Deferral Programs:

      SaskPower

      On March 20, the provincial government announced a crown utility interest deferral program waiving interest on late bill payments for up to six months. Effective immediately, the crown utility interest deferral program is available to all crown utility customers, including business owners.

      In response to the COVID-19 issue, SaskPower has instituted the following additional measures to ease potential challenges for customers. These include:

      • Stopping active collection activity on overdue accounts
      • Stopping disconnections of residential power service for non-payment
      • Not installing devices to limit electrical supply to customers who are in arrears

      Crown utilities are waiving interest for six months to help residents and businesses deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19. Over this period, no late payment charges or interest will be applied. After six months, the balance of regular monthly payments will be due.

      To help customers get back on their feet, they will have a year after that six-month period to pay off any outstanding balance over the next year with equal monthly installments. No additional interest will be charged. In total, this provides customers with 18 months to recover from the impact of the pandemic to their finances.

      For more information, please see SaskPower's website.

      SaskEnergy

      In an effort to provide some relief for customers, effective March 18th, SaskEnergy also implemented the government's Crown Utility Interest Waiver Program. Over the coming six months, late payment charges and interest fees will be waived. During this time, SaskEnergy will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment.

      After the close of the six-month program, any outstanding balance can be paid back over the following 12 months through equal monthly installments – with no additional interest charged on these payments. In total, this provides customers with a period of 18 months to recover from the impact of the pandemic to their finances.

      If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing pandemic, please call SaskEnergy at 1-800-567-8899 or 1-306-777-9200 to discuss the program and payment plan options.

      For more information, please see SaskEnergy's website.

      Supports for self-employed

      Self-Isolation Support Program

      Administered by the Ministry of Finance, the program will provide $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks or $900. The program is targeted at Saskatchewan residents forced to self-isolate that are not covered by recent federally announced employment insurance programs and other supports. The program is designed to ensure that all Saskatchewan residents are covered by either a federal or provincial program to ensure no one is faced with choosing to work instead of protecting their family and community from COVID-19 by self-isolating.

      The program applies to Saskatchewan small business owners that meet the following eligibility criteria:

      • They have contracted COVID-19 or are showing symptoms;
      • They have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19;
      • They have recently returned from international travel and have been required to self-isolate;
      AND
      • If they are not eligible for compensation including sick leave, vacation leave from their employer
      • If they do not have private insurance covering such disruptions
      • If they are not covered by other programs such as federal employment insurance that has been updated

      For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan's Self-Isolation Support Program webpage

      Support for employees

      Information on support for workers

      A website has also been launched to provide information on support for workers who have had their employment impacted by the current economic situation.  Workers can visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-workers  for more information
      Leave for Employees during Public Health Emergencies: The provincial government has introduced amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act which ensure employees have access to job protected leaves during a public health emergency. The amendments to the Act are:

      1. to remove the requirement of 13 consecutive weeks of employment with the employer prior to accessing sick leave;
      2. to remove the provision requiring a doctor’s note or certificate; and
      3. Introduction of a new unpaid public health emergency leave that can be accessed:
        1. When the World Health Organization has determined that there is a public health emergency and the province’s chief medical health officer has also issued an order that measures be taken to reduce the spread of a disease; or
        2. The province’s chief medical health officer has independently issued an order that measures be taken provincially to reduce the spread of a disease where it is believed there is sufficient risk of harm to citizens of the province. The orders would also be made public to ensure everyone is aware of the direction.

      The amendments to the Act are retroactive to March 6, 2020.

      Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis

      There are a number of mental health resources available to Saskatchewan residents including:

      Employee and Family Assistance Programs can assist with mental health supports and counselling for qualifying employees and their dependents.

      For example:

      The Ministry of Education continues to offer Mental Health Capacity Building support for staff and students in five schools during school closures, through online and social media platforms.

      Ministry of Social Services staff are supporting clients, service providers and Approved Private Service Homes.  All CBO agencies continue to offer counselling by phone or virtual technology.

      FAQ on COVID-19

      We’re dedicated to supporting your business through this difficult time by compiling answers to the most common COVID-19 questions and keeping you up to date on the latest relief measures from the federal government and the Saskatchewan municipalities. Visit our Small Business Help Center to learn more.