COVID-19 Government Programs

Government of Saskatchewan

Provincial

Resources
Financial Assistance

Government of Canada 

Federal

Financial Assistance


Government of Saskatchewan - Provincial

Resources

Visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 page for the most up to date resources and information on:

Financial Assistance

The Saskatchewan Government is also launching programs specifically designed to assist people and businesses through these uncertain times. You can visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Workers page for the most up to date resources and information on how this may impact your business or your job.

  • Job protected leave, accessing unpaid leave, removal of employment requirements and removal of doctor’s note requirements.
  • Self-Isolation Support Program eligibility requirements
  • Students will receive a 6 month freeze on their student loans.
  • Self-Isolation Support Program
  • COVID-19 Products and Supplies
    Can you help with the procurement of products, supplies, or innovative solutions? Please email procurement@gov.sk.ca to share your ideas.
  • Saskatchewan small businesses will receive additional provincial support to help deal with challenges through the new Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP). The SSBEP provides a one-time grant for small and medium-sized enterprises directly affected by government public health orders related to COVID-19.  Grants will be paid based on 15 per cent of a business’ monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5,000.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The federal government, in partnership with all provinces and territories has reached an agreement to implement the CECRA, which aims to lower rent by 75% for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program will work as a forgivable loan to qualifying commercial property owners for 50% of three monthly rent payments. These loans will be forgiven if the property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenant’s rent by at least 75% with the tenant paying the remaining 25%. Further details will be made available soon and can be found here.


Government of Canada - Federal

The Government of Canada is building and releasing new programs to help Canadians and minimize impact to their finances, work and businesses. You can  learn more about the programs and services released by the federal government here: COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Support for Individuals

Individuals and Families

People facing unemployment

People who are sick, quarantined, or in direct self-isolation

People who are unable to work
Receive up to $2,000 tax benefits for 4 months under the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Additional benefits

Seniors

Students

  • Receive a 6-month interest free pause of the repayment of your Canada Student Loans. No application necessary.
  • The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) was created to help students and new graduates who aren’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or EI and are unable to work due to COVID-19. This benefit will provide $1,250/month for eligible students and $1,750/month for students with dependents or disabilities. Further details will be made available soon and can be found here.

Youth

  • If you need someone to talk to please reach out through any of the contact methods for the Kid’s Help Phone.

Support for businesses

Avoiding layoffs

Access to credit

  • Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program to provide $65 billion in support to businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). This program includes:
    • Canada Emergency Business Account which provides up to $40,000 of interest free loans to small businesses and not-for-profits
    • Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) through the EDC which could issue loans up to $6.45 million
    • Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises through the BDC which will co-lend and issue loans to up to $6.25 million through financial institutions

Support for farmers
Farm Credit Canada will be issuing an additional $5 billion in credit to help Ag producers, agribusinesses and food processors. 

Supporting financial stability

More flexibility

Support for the air transportation sector
Ground lease rents will be waived until December 2020 for 21 airport authorities

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
The federal government, in partnership with all provinces and territories has reached an agreement to implement the CECRA, which aims to lower rent by 75% for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program will work as a forgivable loan to qualifying commercial property owners for 50% of three monthly rent payments. These loans will be forgiven if the property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenant’s rent by at least 75% with the tenant paying the remaining 25%. Further details will be made available soon and can be found here.