The Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce plans on being an Information Portal to our members during this time.  

Government of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Business Response Team (Ken Dueck, Executive Director) ken.dueck@gov.sk.ca
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan

 

Saskatchewan Support for Business
Email: supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca
Toll Free: 1-844-800-8688

Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (Brent Young, Director, Programs and Policy) brent.young@gov.sk.ca

Managing Staffing and Leave
Employment Standards –1-800-667-1783
The Saskatchewan Employment Act and Labour Relations & Workplace Safety (LRWS):
Employment Standards
Layoffs and Terminations
Public Health Emergency Leave

Ministry of Trade and Export Development (Arla Cameron, Director and Gerry Holland, Director – Strategic Policy and Competitiveness)

 

Saskatchewan Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR)
1-844-800-8688
SRAR@gov.sk.ca

 

The program reimburses businesses for 50% of total eligible business-adaptation investments made by the applicant between April 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The maximum government payment is $5,000. Application deadline is March 31, 2021.

 

Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP)
1-800-667-6102 or Regina: 306-787-6645
Email: ssbep@gov.sk.ca

This provides a payment to small and medium-sized businesses directly affected by provincial public health orders related to COVID-19. Payments are issued based on 15 per cent of a business’s monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5,000. Must apply before January 31, 2021.

Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (Emery Schnell, A/Director, Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant) emery.schnell@gov.sk.ca

 

Government of Canada
Service Canada (Nancy Tran, Citizen Service Specialist) nancy.tran@servicecanada.gc.ca
Employment Insurance (EI) program
1-800-206-7218
As of September 27, 2020, the minimum benefit rate is $500 per week before taxes in most cases.

 

Work-Sharing program
For further information:  1-800-367-5693
edsc.wt.ws-tp.esdc@servicecanada.gc.ca
The maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

 

Canada Summer Jobs
For further information: 1-800-935-5555 or Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Overview – Canada.ca
The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

 

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
To apply:  1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 or online with a My CRA Account
For further information:  1-833-966-2099
The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for EI.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
To apply:  1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 or online with a My CRA Account
For further information:  1-833-966-2099
The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:
     * unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
     * because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
To apply:  1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 or online with a My CRA Account
For further information:  1-833-966-2099
The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:
     * Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
     * Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
     * have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Canada Revenue Agency (Lionel Holm Lionel.Holm@cra-arc.gc.ca, (867) 444-0564 and Lee Hart Lee.Hart@cra-arc.gc.ca (306) 216-6716  – Liaison Officer Service )

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy (TWS)
1-800-959-5525
      * TWS is a 3-month measure that allows eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions they need to remit to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This only applies to the federal, provincial, or territorial income tax portion of the remittance. The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 for each eligible employee. The maximum total is $25,000 for each eligible employer.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 
1-833-966-2099
     * The Government of Canada is covering up to 65% of an employee’s wages for qualifying eligible employers, with this subsidy rate in effect until December 19, 2020. The CEWS is available until June 2021.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) interest-free loans
1-888-324-4201
     * CEBA provides interest-free, partially forgivable, loans of up to $60,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and wages. The Government of Canada has recently expanded CEBA to include an additional interest-free $20,000 loan, 50% of which would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022. Business owners can apply for support until March 31, 2021 through their banks and credit unions.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
1-800-959-5525
     * CERS provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. The subsidy rates are in effect until December 19, 2020. This support is available directly to tenants. Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support. The rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support are available until June 2021.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) (Deanne Belisle, Manager, Strategic Initiatives) deanne.belisle@canada.ca

 

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
COVID-19 Loan program
1-888-338-WEST (9378) or 306-975-4373
wd.sk-sk.deo@canada.ca

  • WD’s RRRF is available for those businesses who are not able to access loans under the Canada Emergency Business Account.
  • In the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Government of Canada proposed to top up the RRRF with an additional $500 million. This proposed top-up will replicate the newly announced loan limit increases in the Canada Emergency Business Account program. If this funding is approved by parliament, we will work hard to roll it out as quickly as possible. We recommend those who have already received RRRF funds to check WD’s website frequently.
  • Meanwhile, we continue to seek new applications.  Our portal is open for urban-based businesses in Regina and Saskatoon. For businesses located elsewhere in Saskatchewan, please call the nearest Community Futures office or the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan office 1-844-900-WESK.  

 

Links:
Government of Canada Website –  Wage Subsidy for Employers:  click here

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) more information will be posted on this site as it comes available – click here

Government of Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program – Phase 2:  click here to apply

Government of Saskatchewan – Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR) – click here for more details

Government of Saskatchewan (Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan) – click here

 

Government of Saskatchewan Support for Businesses:  www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses

        Once on the site click Allowable Business Services – for an outlined list of business who are deemed “essential services” by the Provincial Government
        Business Response Team at 1-844-800- 8688 or supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

Government of Canada – Economic Response Plan – Support for Individuals and Support for Businessesclick here

Government of Canada – COVID 19 Updatesclick here

Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan Inc.:  https://www.bbb.org/council/coronavirus/

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce –  https://saskchamber.com/issues/covid-19-resources-for-business/

Results from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Current State of Business from April 22, 2020:  https://saskchamber.com/isl/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Survey-Recap_Current-State-of-Business.pdf

***Employers who have questions regarding payroll and COVID – 19***:  Cdn-Payroll-Assoc-COVID-19-Questions-Answers

 

Planning for Things We Can Control

Beyond human health, there is also an impact to our economic health. Companies are seeing their stock prices drop substantially, meaning less purchasing of products and services by our members. Travel has been reduced dramatically, and more people will simply stay at home. Many companies will be adjusting budgets downward and may have to pass on event tickets or sponsorships.

Recovery of the Economy

The economy was not stellar before this hit and we should not expect it to grow at double digits afterwards. As a Chamber, we have the responsibility to help the economy recover as fast as possible, but at the right time. The MJDCC is researching best practices and will provide more information as necessary to
the businesses.

In the meantime, please ensure we discuss and share possible options for your activities and determine ongoing action plans.

Above all, stay positive. Businesses will be seeing their cash registers slowing and as the Voice of Business, we must remind people that as with all big economic storms, this too shall pass.

Please call with any questions at 306.692.6414.

http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses