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Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

The Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy is no longer accepting applications as of March 31, 2024. If you applied on or before this date, your application will be reviewed to determine if it is eligible. Applications submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved. Funding to assist employers and non-profit organizations train new or existing workers is available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

The information below is provided for reference only.

The Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program was a temporary program that provided businesses with the financial support to train employees as the province emerged from the pandemic and economic recovery. This program supported eligible Saskatchewan employers to access financial supports for employer-driven, short term training programs for their employees.

Funding to support training helped employers evolve from the impacts of the pandemic into economic recovery.

The objectives of the RSTS were to:

  • support employers in meeting the challenges brought on by COVID-19,
  • provide enhanced training support to ensure employers are able to access training to sustain business activities while stimulating competitiveness;
  • reduce obstacles to hiring, retraining and retaining workers to boost the province's economic recovery.

The program was operated by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training.


1. Benefits

  • Financial supports ensured employers had access to training that supported their business recovery efforts and assisted them in meeting the challenges brought on by COVID-19;
  • Employers selected the employee(s) and the training program;
  • 100% reimbursement was provided to eligible employers for approved training costs; and
  • Payment was made to approved employers that entered into a training agreement with the government upon completion of final reporting, including verification of actual expenditures.

Employers could make multiple applications to a maximum of $5,000 for the duration of the program. The minimum amount per application was $1,000 per training program. Employers may have worked with training providers to combine courses into customized programs that met their training needs.


2. Eligibility


Private and not-for-profit sector employers were eligible.

Publicly funded organizations such as health regions, post-secondary training institutions, public libraries, municipalities and school divisions were not eligible for funding.


Eligible trainees were required to:

  • have a valid Social Insurance Number;
  • be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or temporary resident with authorization for emergency travel from the Government of Canada holding a valid Canadian work permit; and,
  • be an existing employee of the applying employer (that is currently on the payroll of the company).

Temporary foreign workers, temporary residents without authorization for emergency travel and a valid Canadian work permit, and volunteers were not eligible for training funding.

Saskatchewan-based owners of small businesses (with 1-50 employees) may have participated in funded training with their employees.

Training Costs

  • Tuition fees or fees charged by the training provider;
  • Mandatory student fees;
  • Textbooks, software and other required materials;
  • Learning material fees; and
  • Examination fees.


Training was flexible. Employers chose the training program and mode of delivery that met their needs within the following requirements:

  • Must be delivered by a Saskatchewan-based third-party that has been in business for one year and is not affiliated with the employer;
  • Must be a minimum of 8 hours in length per trainee by the same training provider and completed within 4 months;
  • Must start within 4 months of the application date;
  • Must result in a credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.).

Training Providers

Third-party training providers were required to be based in Saskatchewan and been in business for one year. This included:

  • Post-secondary education institutions;
  • Private vocational schools; or
  • Private industry trainers.

3. How to Apply

The Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy is no longer accepting applications as of March 31, 2024. The information below is provided for reference purposes only.

Interested employers will be required to complete an online Employer Application. The application requires attachments and supporting documents from the business. Before starting an application review the Before You Apply Checklist.

Ensure you have the following documentation completed and available to upload before starting the application:

  • The ISC Corporate Registry number for the business;
  • Direct Deposit Payment Request Form for the business;
  • Selected trainee name(s). If training more than 10 participants, complete the Application Trainees list;
  • The training provider and program has been chosen, including dates of training and costs; and
  • For customized training, the Training Course Outline has been completed by the training provider.

Applications submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact us.

Only fully completed applications received by March 31, 2024, will be accepted for assessment. Applications will be accepted, assessed and approved based on available funding.

A completed application is not a guarantee of funding. Training requests must be approved and a contract negotiated between the employer and the Government of Saskatchewan prior to the start date of training to be eligible for program funding.


4. Apply

For Reference Only

Before You Apply Checklist

Program Overview and Application Guide

Ministry of Immigration and Career Training staff will contact you within two business days to confirm receipt of the application and begin application assessment.

If approved for funding, a contract will be negotiated for the funded training. Any changes to the contracted training must be reported to the ministry as soon as possible. Payment is made at the end of training, upon completion of all final reporting.


5. Further Information

For additional information, email

Saskatoon and Area, call: 306-964-1005
Regina and Area, call: 306-787-4677

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