Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.  New information for businesses and workers available.

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Support for Workers

Federal and provincial support is available to help workers affected by COVID-19.
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1. Saskatchewan Support

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

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;
AND
  • 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.

Labour Market Services

Saskatchewan Labour Market Services offer career, employment and training information and services to Saskatchewan residents. These services continue to be available from anywhere in the province, by calling or emailing your nearest Labour Market Services office.

Immigration Services

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 immigration@gov.sk.ca.

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2. Federal Support

The Government of Canada has announced a number of measures to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance provides benefits to individuals who lose their jobs to no fault of their own and are unable to find a job, despite being able to work.

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

The Government of Canada announced new Employment Insurance benefits for those who are sick or quarantined as a result of COVID-19. The waiting period to receive these benefits has been waived and people claiming as a result of COVID-19 do not have to provide a medical certificate.

Work Sharing

Work sharing agreements have been extended to a total of 76 weeks and the mandatory waiting period has been waived.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) of $2,000 per month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB will apply to wage earners as well as contract workers, self-employed individuals and workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work due to COVID-19. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

Enhanced Child Care Benefit

A proposed increase to the maximum annual Child Care Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefit year, by $300 per child.

Goods and Services Tax Credit

A proposed one-time special payment for low-and modest-income families, who may require additional help with their finances, through the Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC). This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. Single individuals will receive close to $400, and almost $600 for couples benefiting from this measure.

Immigration and Temporary Residents

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced new measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by COVID-19.

Student Loans

To support student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced that repayment of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans will be paused until September 30, 2020 with no interest accrual.

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