Support for Biz & Orgs
Resources & Guides
- COVID-19 support for individuals and businesses: View>
- Resource for Canadian Businesses: View>
- GoDaddy advice for Small Businesses: View>
- covidcontinuity.com offers resources to help businesses understand the challenges and opportunities associated with operating your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. View>
- Continuously updated list of resources for artists & freelancers at CBC: View>
- Women Entrepeneurs of Saskatchewan: Complimentary yearly membership for the month of April. View>
LABOUR PROGRAM AND FEDERALLY REGULATED WORKPLACES
An online guide for workplaces wanting more information on how to handle the virus in the workplace.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN TEMPLATES
Business Development Bank of Canada
Creating and maintaining a business continuity plan helps ensure that businesses have the resources and information needed to deal with an emergency. BDC has developed Business Continuity Plan Templates for businesses to plan for business continuity and mitigate the potential effects of an emergency.
PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS GUIDE
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Preparedness, not panic, is the best way to mitigate the risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to the Canadian economy and our citizens. The Pandemic Preparedness Guide includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources.
Local Services Offered
A number of creatives and communications professionals are offering services of support during this challenging time. Please send us a message using the form below and we’ll do our best to connect you with the right individual or company!
Financial Programs & relief
BUSINESS CREDIT AVAILABILITY PROGRAM
Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Credit Availability Program will provide $10 billion of additional funding to Canadian businesses facing economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. This program helps Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions gain access to credit through EDC, BDC and private sector lenders. The short-term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector will also be increased through Farm Credit Canada.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA (BDC) RELIEF MEASURES
Business Development Bank of Canada
Effective March 18, 2020, new BDC Relief Measures for qualified businesses include:
- Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
- Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less;
- Reduced rates on new eligible loans;
- Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, to be announced in the coming days.
WORK SHARING PROGRAM
Extension to the maximum duration of Work-Sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. The Work Sharing Program is an income support program for employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.
CROWN UTILITY INTEREST DEFERRAL PROGRAMS
The Crown Utility Interest Deferral Program is waving interest on late bill payments for up to six months. The program is available to all crown utility customers.
THREE-MONTH PST REMITTANCE DEFERRAL AND AUDIT SUSPENSION
Saskatchewan businesses who are unable to Remit their PST due to cash flow concerns will have 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.
CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT STANDARD REGULATIONS
In addition to changes made to the Saskatchewan Employment Act that introduced a new unpaid public health emergency leave and removed the 13-week employment requirement to access sick leave and the requirement for a doctor’s note to access sick leave, The Employment Standard Regulations have been amended to:
- Ensure that during a public emergency, businesses will not have to provide notice or pay in lieu of notice when they lay-off staff if it is for a period of 12 weeks or less in a 16-week period.
- If an employer lays off employees periodically for a total of more than 12 weeks in a 16-week period, the employees are considered to be terminated and are entitled to pay instead of notice as outlined in the Act. This will be calculated from the date on which the employee was laid off.
All businesses are able to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any Income Tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in businesses having more money available during this period.
TEMPORARY WAGE SUBSIDY
The proposed Temporary Wage Subsidy supports businesses that are facing revenue losses and help prevent lay-offs for a three month period. The subsidy will equal to 10% of remuneration paid during this period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employers.
PST REBATE ON NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION (approved, available April 1, 2020)
The PST Rebate on New Home Construction will provide up to 42% of the PST paid on a new house contract up to $350,000 (excluding land) for new homes purchased after March 31, 2020, and before April 1, 2023. This not only helps the construction industry, Saskatchewan’s home builders and associated trades that are important job creators, it helps families afford a newly built home.
OIL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PROGRAM (approved, to be released)
The Oil Infrastructure Investment Program, a SaskFirst new growth tax incentive administered by the Ministry of Energy and Resources, will support new and expanded pipelines, as well as new pipeline terminals, to flow oil to markets.