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Your business and COVID-19 in Saskatchewan

We’re here to help

To help you navigate these challenging times, this page provides information on pandemic-related restrictions, support measures, government services, and useful CFIB resources for Saskatchewan. You’ll also learn how CFIB is fighting for your business.

As of Monday, February 28, 2022 there are no longer any public health orders in effect across Saskatchewan.

The requirement to request proof of vaccination or negative tests in Saskatchewan businesses, workplaces and other public venues ended on February 14, 2022. The remaining public health orders requiring masks in indoor public spaces ended as of February 28, 2022. 

For more information on previous public health orders, please visit Public Health Measures on the Government of Saskatchewan's website.

The Saskatchewan Government has announced a new Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS)Eligible private-sector employers will be reimbursed 100 per cent of employee training costs up to a maximum of $5,000. Applications open January 4, 2022.

Help us amplify your voice for better support

We know your business needs more help from government if it's going to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign our petition to join CFIB and business owners in Saskatchewan in the fight for greater relief.

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Use our operational plan template

Protecting your staff, customers, and business is a top priority, so we’ve put together an operational plan template to help you do just that. With tips for best practices, advice on meeting provincial compliance requirements, and links to downloadable COVID-19 resources, the plan is clear, concise, and easy to tailor to your needs.

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Public health measures & restrictions

Current business restrictions and reopening plan

Effective February 28, 2022, there are no longer any public health orders in effect across Saskatchewan.

For more information on public health guidance or to view past measures, please visit Public Health Measures on the Government of Saskatchewan's website.

Mandatory masking and workplace guidance

As of Monday, February 28, 2022, the public health order requiring mandatory masking in indoor public spaces is no longer in effect. 

Businesses, workplaces and event organizers may still request that patrons/visitors/staff continue to wear masks, but it is not mandatory.

PPE

PPE suppliers

Saskatchewan has a list of PPE suppliers in the province. You can find the list of PPE suppliers on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website. The list of PPE suppliers is 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.

Employee management

Can I force my employees to get vaccinated?

As of February 14, 2022, The Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations and The Public Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations regarding proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from employees will no longer be in effect.

With the removal of the regulations employers will no longer have liability protection if they decide to continue with their policies as was laid out in the initial regulations. Any policy that was in effect between the start of the pandemic and 12:01 on February 14, 2022, will continue to be covered by the liability protection provisions for that time period only.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act does not prohibit an employer from implementing a policy on vaccination or testing, however they suggest that employers should consult their lawyer on other possible obligations.

For more information, visit the Proof of Vaccination - Information for Businesses page on the Government of Saskatchewan's website

OH&S and employment standards/Labour legislation change

Employment standard changes:

As of February 14, 2022, The Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations and The Public Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations regarding proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from employees will no longer be in effect.

With the removal of the regulations employers will no longer have liability protection if they decide to continue with their policies as was laid out in the initial regulations. Any policy that was in effect between the start of the pandemic and 12:01 on February 14, 2022, will continue to be covered by the liability protection provisions for that time period only.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act does not prohibit an employer from implementing a policy on vaccination or testing, however they suggest that employers should consult their lawyer on other possible obligations.

For more information, visit the Proof of Vaccination - Information for Businesses page on the Government of Saskatchewan's website

Vaccination leave: Effective March 18, 2021 employees are allowed up to 3 hours of paid time off from work for to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Special Vaccination Leave is similar to provisions allowing residents to vote during a general election. Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccine

For more information about the Saskatchewan government’s vaccine plan, please visit the government of Saskatchewan’s page on “COVID-19 vaccine program”.

Rapid testing

You can find more information about the Saskatchewan government’s rapid testing program for community based groups on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.

 

Mental health

The Farm Stress Line provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442. Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals by phone, text or online chat. It's confidential, free and available 24/7. Mobile Crisis centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.

Financial relief & government support

Business Response Team

Saskatchewan has a dedicated business support website for COVID-19 related information. Business owners can also contact the Business Response Team at 1-844-800-8688, or email at supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca.

SaskBuilds Procurement Service

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 procurement@gov.sk.ca.

Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS)

The Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) is a temporary financial support program to help develop a skilled workforce and support Saskatchewan's post-pandemic economic recovery.

This new program is modelled after the former Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy, which was introduced in June 2020 as an emergency response to help employers impacted by the pandemic. The new RSTS will support economic recovery efforts and reimburse eligible private-sector employers 100 per cent of employee training costs up to a maximum of $5,000 per business. Applications to the program will open January 4, 2022.

For more information, employers can visit www.saskatchewan.ca/training-subsidy

What CFIB is doing in Saskatchewan

What we’ve achieved

  • Re-opening Roadmap
  • SSBEP payments (several extensions)
  • Adaptation Grant
  • Training Subsidy
  • Sector-specific funding (Tourism Sector Support Grant)
  • Capping third-party delivery fees

What we’re asking for

  • Postpone any new taxes or cost increases set to happen in 2022
  • Provide support to businesses that need help until they have recovered
  • To re-introduce commercial eviction protection legislation to last until the province is well past its reopening plan

Visit our COVID-19 Help Centre

Our primary concern at CFIB is making sure you have the support you need to get through this uncertain and challenging time. We provide you with expert advice and ensure that you have all of the latest information on government announcements and available support.

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