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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

Temporary Wage Supplement

The Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program (STWSP) provides a temporary wage supplement to eligible workers helping Saskatchewan's most vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary supplement is $400 for each four-week period up to 16 weeks, for the period from March 15, 2020 to July 4, 2020.

Please note that applications to the STWSP closed September 1, 2020. Applications are being processed in the order they are received. Due to the volume of applications, please allow two weeks before contacting our office about the status of your application.

There are two sets of eligibility criteria for the wage supplement, based on the type of essential care facility. Please note that applications to the STWSP close September 1, 2020. Applications are being processed in the order they are received. Due to the volume of applications, please allow two weeks before contacting our office about the status of your application.

Visit Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program or further information or to apply. People with questions about the program may also email stwsp@gov.sk.ca 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.

Please note that applications to the Self-Isolation Support Program close October 2, 2020.

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.

Provincial Training Allowance and Skills Training Benefit Programs Repayment Moratorium

The Provincial Training Allowance and Skills Training Benefit Programs overpayment moratorium has been extended to October 31, with repayments scheduled to resume in November 2020.

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 labourmarketservices@gov.sk.ca.

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. Temporary special COVID-19 measures are effective March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) of $2,000 every four weeks for up to 28 weeks for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB applies 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 is now accessible through a secure web portal. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number. Effective September 27, 2020, participants can potentially transition to Employment Insurance (EI), or one of the newly created benefit options: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sick Benefit (CRSB), Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB).

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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3. Mental Health Supports

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic can cause anxiety and worry in all of us. Whether you're coping with the loneliness of self-isolation, concerned about the health of your loved ones or worried about what the future may hold, there are mental health supports available to help you through this difficult time.

Please be kind to healthcare workers when they inform you that you must self-isolate, as they are simply working to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. We're all part of the solution. Please be patient and kind with each other.

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