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Event, Attractions or Tour Sector Business Funding

Applications are now being accepted for STSSP 2. The STSSP 2 deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact stssp@gov.sk.ca.

Tax information for the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program: 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.

The Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP) provides financial assistance to eligible businesses in the event, attraction or tour business sectors that have experienced a revenue decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

STSSP also provides benefits for tourism businesses in the accommodations and major event facilities sectors. Applicants who operate their business in more than one of these sectors may choose which sector to apply under, but may only apply once under the program.


1. Benefits

Program benefits can be used by the business to assist with fixed costs or any other expenditures deemed necessary by the business.

  1. Program payments for businesses in the event business sector will be based on the number of attendees the event typically attracts.

    The amount of financial assistance provided to an event business will be:

    1. $7,500 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts less than 2,500 attendees;
    2. $10,000 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts 2,500 to 5,000 attendees; or
    3. $15,000 to an eligible applicant whose event typically attracts more than 5,000 attendees.

  2. Program payments for businesses in the attractions or tour business sectors will be based on the business’ number of employees.

    The amount of financial assistance provided in the attraction or tour sectors will be:

    1. $7,500 to an eligible applicant with 1 to 4 full-time and part-time employees;
    2. $10,000 to an eligible applicant with 5 to 10 full-time and part-time employees; or
    3. $15,000 to an eligible applicant with more than 10 full-time and part-time employees.

Payments cannot exceed a business's annual sales revenue in 2019. 


2. Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be a tourism business;
  2. Maintain a permanent establishment in Saskatchewan;
  3. Have been carrying on business in Saskatchewan on October 1, 2020.
  4. Have experienced a loss of sales revenue of at least 30% when comparing 2020 annual sales revenue to 2019 annual sales revenue;
  5. Intend to carry on business operations; and
  6. Not receive funding from the Government of Saskatchewan to cover its core funding.

For attractions and tourism sector businesses, loss of sales revenue will be considered as follows:

  • For year-round and seasonal businesses, eligible businesses must have experienced a loss of sales revenue of at least 30% when comparing annual sales revenue in 2020 to annual sales revenue in 2019.

For event sector businesses, the applicant's planned event during the eligibility period must be:

  • A reoccurring event;
  • Be live or in-person;
  • Attract at least 20% of the attendees from a distance outside 40km; and
  • Has been cancelled, will cancel, or will take place with additional public health precautions and expenses due to restrictions on public gatherings.  

3. How to Apply

Businesses should review all the eligibility criteria, as outlined in the Program Overview and Application Instructions, Q&A document and program Regulations.

Complete the online application form and:

  • Include banking information for automatic deposit;
  • Acknowledge the attestation at the end of the application; and
  • Click on 'submit.'

5. Further Information

For additional information on the program, email stssp@gov.sk.ca or call 1-800-667-6102 or 306-787-6645 in Regina.

For information on other COVID-19 programs, please visit the Support for Businesses webpage.

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