Job Protected Leave
Amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will ensure:
- Employees can access unpaid public health emergency leave;
- Removal of the requirement of 13 consecutive weeks of employment with an employer prior to accessing sick leave; and
- Removal of the provision requiring a doctor's note or certificate
The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program for eligible lower-income workers. The supplement consists of a flat $400 per month benefit for up to 16 weeks (March 15 to July 4) for each eligible worker. The supplement is for workers helping Saskatchewan's vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic and who earn a wage of less than $24 an hour and less than $2,500 (gross) per month.
The temporary wage supplement is available to full-time, part-time and casual eligible workers in occupations such as care workers, cooks, housekeepers, janitors, and administrative staff, but does not include third party contract workers. Eligible facilities include public and private senior-care facilities, licensed childcare facilities, community-based group and personal care homes, emergency shelters, transition shelters (short stay/emergency, transition housing), integrated healthcare facilities, and home-care workers providing care to seniors in their own homes.
Visit Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program or further information or to apply. People with questions about the program may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-800-667-6102 or 306-787-6645 in Regina.
Self-Isolation Support Program
The Self-Isolation Support Program is targeted at Saskatchewan workers forced to self- isolate in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and who are not covered by recent federally announced employment insurance programs and other supports. Administered by the Ministry of Finance, the program will provide $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks or $900.
To be eligible, residents of Saskatchewan must meet these criteria:
- They have contracted COVID-19 or are showing symptoms;or
- They have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19; or
- They have recently returned from international travel and have been required to self-isolate;
- They are not eligible for compensation including sick leave, vacation leave from their employer;
- They do not have private insurance covering such disruptions;
- They are not covered by other programs such as federal employment insurance that has been updated
Student Loan Repayment Moratorium
Effective immediately, a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place, mirroring a similar federal provision. This provides individuals with student loans immediate relief, and comes at a $4 million cost to the provincial government.
Provincial Training Allowance and Skills Training Benefit Programs Repayment Moratorium
In recognition of the financial pressures created by COVID-19, the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training has introduced a repayment moratorium for the Provincial Training Allowance and Skills Training Benefit Programs. This provides individuals with overpayments immediate relief. The moratorium is effective April 6, 2020, and will be revisited in three months. Please refer back to this page for further information.
Labour Market Services
Labour Market Services connects individuals to career possibilities that can improve their quality of life in Saskatchewan. Services include job searching, job matching, career planning and job training. These services continue to be available from anywhere in the province, by calling 1-833-613-0485 or emailing email@example.com.
If you have applied through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and have questions about your application or status or require other assistance, please contact (306) 798 7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.