Small businesses in Saskatchewan can’t take on any more government-imposed costs! Taxes, electricity rates, and now minimum wage are all going up, all while Saskatchewan small businesses are still struggling to recover.

The Saskatchewan government is increasing minimum wage by 27% over the next two and a half years. The Moe government offered NO consultation or notice to small businesses and made NO effort to help offset the costs. The wage hike comes at a time when:

  • Less than half of Saskatchewan businesses are back to normal sales
  • The Saskatchewan small business tax is going up
  • SaskPower is hiking electricity rates
  • WCB premiums are going up
  • PST is being added to gym memberships and arts and sports events, hurting many small businesses that haven’t recovered yet
  • Inflation and supply chain disruptions are driving up business costs

Promise made, promise broken: during the last election, the government said they understood the challenges small businesses were facing, but now, the Saskatchewan government is piling new costs on small businesses with no relief in sight.


Now is not the time to slow down that economic recovery and job growth by adding additional costs to small businesses, many of which are still feeling the impact of the pandemic.

– Saskatchewan Party spokesperson, October 2020


Premier Scott Moe

CC: My Member of Parliament

There is no room in my business’s budget for any more costs, including your government’s decision to raise minimum wage by 27% over the next two and a half years.

I need your government to help my small business survive by immediately implementing measures to help offset the minimum wage increase, such as:

  • Introducing a youth wage to reflect the increased training costs associated with hiring staff that are new to the workforce
  • Introducing a liquor server wage to reflect the fact that servers’ take-home pay is typically well above minimum wage
  • Cutting other taxes, such as the small business corporate tax
  • Scrapping the planned 6% PST expansion
  • Introducing a training tax credit that recognizes on-the-job training