Government actions to date

The SCC recommended immediate action by government in the areas below to help offset business challenges. Find a full list of recommendations and government action on a provincial and federal level here.



Re-OPen Saskatchewan

As the Government of Saskatchewan begins to roll out its plans for a gradual reopening of the economy, businesses are seeking out best-practice guidance and practical steps on how to transition back into the workplace. 

Resources from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, provincial and federal government, and industry sector organisations are available here.


Resources for Business

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

The Government of Canada announced the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). LEEFF aims to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. LEEFF will provide additional liquidity for Canada’s largest businesses, to allow them and their suppliers to remain active and position them for a rapid economic recovery. A fact sheet on LEEFF is available here.


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Canadian employers whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020. This wage subsidy will enable employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position businesses to resume normal operations following the crisis.

Organizations that do not qualify for CEWS may qualify for the previously announced 10% temporary wage subsidy.


Work-Sharing program

The federal government extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.


Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB)

The CERB supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.


Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.


Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) has been expanded to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs. Support for mid-market businesses will include loans of up to $60 million per company, and guarantees of up to $80 million.


Saskatchewan Government COVID-19 Resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Pandemic Preparedness – Canadian Chamber of Commerce



Saskatchewan support

Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP)

The Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) provides a one-time grant for small and medium-sized enterprises directly affected by government public heath orders related to COVID-19. Grants will be paid based on 15 per cent of a business’s monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5,000.


Provincial Sales Tax

Saskatchewan businesses which are unable to remit their PST due to cashflow concerns will have three-month relief from penalty and interest charges.

Audit program and compliance activities have been suspended to allow businesses time to focus on the health and safety of their customers and staff, reduce impacts to their business operations, and help prevent the spread of the virus through reduced audit travel.

For further details download the Information Notice, call the Saskatchewan tax inquiry line at 1-800-667-6102 or email them at SaskTaxInfo@gov.sk.ca



Resources specifically for Small Business and Entrepreneurs

BDC COVID-19 Supports for Canadian Business

What Supports to Access and How: Advisors for Small Business from Advocis Connect

Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs – BDC

Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by COVID-19 – BDC

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

Apply for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB)

The CERB supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.



resources for Exporters

Export Development Canada


Resources for Indigenous Communities

COVID-19: Resources for Indigenous Governments, Organizations, Businesses and Individuals

Ten Strategies to Help Your Business Make it Through the Economic Storm – Metis Nation Saskatchewan, Northern Resource Group and SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation

Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 – Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.



Resources for employers

How to complete a Record of Employment

Guidelines for Saskatchewan WCB Claims Related to COVID-19

Managing Staffing and Leave

EI Information for Employers

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Work-Sharing Program and Temporary Special Measures



resources for workers

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Saskatchewan Government support for workers

EI sickness benefits: What these benefits offer



resources for the tech sector

Innovation Saskatchewan & the Ministry of Immigration & Career Training did a webinar on resources & supports available to founders, executives & employees in the TECH SECTOR during the COVID-19 crisis. Find it here.

resources for farmers and the agri-food sector

Advance Payments Program

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Alleviating Industry Financial Pressure – Farm Credit Canada



General Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada’s webpage on general COVID19

Avoid COVID19 Fraud

World Health Organization

Personal Protective Equipment Suppliers in Saskatchewan



March survey: Please find the recap of the COVID-19: Business Impact Survey here.

April: Please find the recap of the COVID-19: Current State of Business Survey here.



 

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Baker Tilly Canada

  • Baker Tilly has produced a guide outlining financial relief measures available to businesses and individuals who are impacted economically by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Baker Tilly has also set up a “COVID-19: Business guidance” hub, which is regularly updated with the latest tax and financial measures impacting Canadian businesses in the wake of the pandemic, as well as helpful resources.

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