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Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

Tax information for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy: The payment received under this grant is taxable, under the federal Income Tax Act. For income tax purposes, please include the payment as business income.

Due to high program demand, applications are being prioritized and processed approximately two weeks prior to the start date of training. Applications submitted less than 10 days prior to the start date of training may not be approved.

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program has been launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is an employer-driven, short term training program that provides eligible employers with financial support to train employees.

Funding to support training can help employers adjust to the impacts of the pandemic and safely align business activities with the re-opening phases of Saskatchewan's economy.

The objectives of the RSTS are to:

  • provide enhanced training support to ensure employers are able to access training to maintain business activities while promoting workplace safety and stimulating competitiveness;
  • ensure employers are equipped with the skills needed to remain operational and adjust business models; and
  • prepare employers for the safe re-opening of a social-distancing economy.

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

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1. Benefits

  • Training support through the RSTS program will ensure employers have access to training to maintain business activities while continuing to promote workplace safety and align business practices with the re-open Saskatchewan guidelines;
  • Employers select the employee(s) and the training program;
  • 100% reimbursement to eligible employers for approved training;
  • Approved employers will receive 33% of the cost of training upon entering into a training agreement with the government. The remaining 67% will be paid upon completion of final reporting and verification of actual expenditures; and
  • The maximum payment is $10,000 to eligible employers for the duration of the RSTS program.
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2. Eligibility

Employers

To be eligible, employers must be on the Government of Saskatchewan's list of critical public services and allowable businesses during the emergency period, or eligible to resume operations in a confirmed phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

The list of critical public services and allowable businesses and Re-Open Saskatchewan plan is updated periodically as the provincial economy re-opens. Eligibility for RSTS using this list is assessed as of the application received date or during the eligibility assessment processing period.

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

Applications must be received on or before June 30, 2021.

Trainees

Eligible trainees must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a valid Social Insurance Number; and
  • an existing employee of the applying employer (that is, currently on the payroll of the company).

Temporary Foreign Workers, volunteers, or business owners that are not employees of the business are not eligible.

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

Training is flexible. Employers choose the training program and mode of delivery that will meet their needs within the following requirements:

  • Must be delivered by a Saskatchewan-based third-party 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; and
  • Must result in a credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.).

Training Providers

Third-party training providers must be based in Saskatchewan and could include:

  • Post-secondary education institutions;
  • Private vocational schools, trade unions; and
  • Private industry trainers.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended. Applications must be received on or before June 30, 2021.

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3. How to Apply

Due to high program demand, applications are being prioritized and processed approximately two weeks prior to the start date of training. Applications submitted less than 10 days prior to the start date of training may not be approved.

Before applying, employers should:

To best support your training needs, please submit your application at least 10 days before the start date of training to allow for a complete assessment and application decision to be provided prior to training start date.

Training started prior to an approved contract is not eligible for RSTS funding.

Complete the RSTS Application form:

  • Declare you understand the content of the Application;
  • Attest to the information provided to be true and accurate; and
  • Consent to the ministry collecting information to verify details contained in the Application; and
  • Click on Submit.

You will be contacted within two business days to confirm receipt of the application.

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5. Further Information

For additional information on the RSTS Program, email cansaskjobgrant@gov.sk.ca

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

Are you a training provider? For more information on the program, please review these tips.

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