COVID-19 Government Programs

Government of Saskatchewan

Provincial

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 Government of Saskatchewan has launched 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.
  • Access your nearest Labour Market Services office for career, employment, training services and information.
  • COVID-19 Products and Supplies: if you can help the procurement of products, supplies and innovative solution, please email procurement@gov.sk.ca to share your ideas.

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. Learn more about the programs and services released by the federal government here: COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Support for Individuals

Individuals and Families

  • As of Sept 27, 2020, temporary changes have been made to the Employment Insurance program to support Canadians returning to work. If you’re eligible for EI, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits. You can learn more about EI eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Additional benefits

Support for businesses

Avoiding layoffs, rehiring, and creating new jobs

  • Work-Sharing program is expanding from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. This is available to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours.

Access to credit

  • Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund supports Black business owners and entrepreneurs with loans between $25,000 and $250,000. More details on eligibility requirements and how to apply will be available soon. Applications will begin being accepted in May 2021.
  • Business Credit Availability Program, brings liquidity to companies with typical revenues between $50 million and $300 million to sustain operations during this uncertain period. 
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) provides bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers whose needs during the pandemic aren’t being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. 

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

  • Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP) provides support of $1,500 to each temporary foreign worker to ensure isolation requirements are fully met.
  • AgriStability is increasing interim payments from 50% to 75%.
  • Emergency On-Farm Support Fund provides funding to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19.
  • AgriInsurance is expanding include labour shortage as an eligible risk for the horticulture sector. This would insure against lost production due to an insufficient workforce.
  • Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund assists fish and seafood processing sectors.
  • Employment Insurance (EI) for fishing benefits supports self-employed fish harvesters and share persons.

Supporting financial stability

  • Short-term Compensation Fund Initiative compensates independent production companies for the lack of insurance coverage for COVID-19 related filming interruptions and production shutdowns. 
  • Emissions Reduction Fund supports workers and reduce emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector, with a focus on methane.