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Applications Now Open For Temporary Wage Supplement For Lower-Income Workers At Essential Care Facilities

Released on May 15, 2020

Eligible lower-income workers helping Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply to the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program.

For more information about or to apply for the wage supplement, visit  People with questions about the supplement may also email or call 1-800-667-6102.

For each eligible worker, the temporary wage supplement is $400 for each four-week period, up to 16 weeks, for the period from March 15, 2020 to July 4, 2020.  To be eligible, a worker must earn a wage less than $24.00 per hour at an eligible essential care facility, in the four-week period for which the worker has applied for the supplement.

An eligible worker must also have total earnings less than $2,500, including earnings from work outside an eligible essential care facility, in the four-week period for which the worker has applied for the supplement.

Eligible essential care facilities include:

  • Public and private senior care homes;
  • Community-based group and personal care homes;
  • Licensed childcare facilities;
  • Emergency shelters;
  • Transition shelters (short stay/emergency, transition housing);
  • Integrated healthcare facilities; and
  • Home-care workers providing care to seniors in their own homes.

The wage supplement will be provided to full-time, part-time and casual essential workers, and includes anyone employed by an eligible facility, such as care workers, cooks, housekeepers, janitors and administrative staff, but does not include third-party contract service providers working at those facilities.

Cost-shared with the federal government, the new wage supplement is available to an estimated 35,000 lower-income workers at essential care facilities across Saskatchewan.


For more information, contact:

Jeff Welke
Phone: 306-787-6046
Cell: 306-536-1185

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