COVID-19 Provincial Support and General Information
For the Province of Saskatchewan COVID-19 information page, please click here.
Support for employers
Provincial Sales Tax
Saskatchewan businesses who are unable to remit their PST due to cashflow concerns will have three-month relief from penalty and interest charges.
Businesses that are unable to file their provincial tax return(s) by the due date may submit a request for relief from penalty and interest charges on the return(s) affected.
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 minimize the spread of the virus through reduced audit travel.
For more information call the Saskatchewan tax inquiry line at 1-800-667-6102 or email at [email protected].
To learn more about submitting a penalty and interest waiver request, click here.
All Crown utilities will implement bill-deferral programs allowing a zero-interest bill deferral for up to six months, for Saskatchewan customers whose ability to make bill payments may be impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
Self-Isolation Support Program
The Self-Isolation Support Program, currently under development, is targeted at Saskatchewan workers forced to self-isolate in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and who are not covered by recent federally announced employment insurance programs and other supports. Administered by the Ministry of Finance, the program will provide $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks or $900. The program is currently under development and a straight-forward application process will be in place later this week.
An overview of the Program is available here.
Information about self-isolation is available here.
To be eligible, residents of Saskatchewan must meet these criteria:
- They have contracted COVID-19 or are showing symptoms; or
- They have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19; or
- They have recently returned from international travel and have been required to self-isolate;
- They are not eligible for compensation including sick leave, vacation leave from their employer;
- They do not have private insurance covering such disruptions;
- They are not covered by other programs such as federal employment insurance that has been updated
Support for Individuals and Employers
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses
The federal government reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.
Additional details are available here.
Job Protected Leave
Amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will ensure:
- Employees can access unpaid public health emergency leave;
- Removal of the requirement of 13 consecutive weeks of employment with an employer prior to accessing sick leave; and
- Removal of the provision requiring a doctor’s note or certificate
Further details about leave, related to COVID-19, is available here.
Student Loan Repayment Moratorium
Effective immediately, a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place, mirroring a similar federal provision. This provides individuals with student loans immediate relief, and comes at a $4 million cost to the provincial government.
Labour Market Services
Saskatchewan Labour Market Services offer career, employment and training information and services to Saskatchewan residents. These services continue to be available from anywhere in the province, by calling or emailing your nearest Labour Market Services office.
If you have applied through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and have questions about your application or status or require other assistance, please contact (306) 798 7467 or [email protected].
Public Health Measures
Information about public health measures, including information on events and gatherings, schools and daycares, workplaces, and travellers is available here.