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Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program

Please note that the application period for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program is now closed. Applications received by July 31, 2020, will be processed shortly.

The Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment program provided financial assistance to small businesses in Saskatchewan that were ordered to temporarily close or significantly curtail operations during the public emergency period due to a public health order to help control transmission of COVID-19. The program was extended to the month of May to provide payments to businesses that continued to be ordered to temporarily close or significantly curtail operations through a public health order following May 19, 2020. 

Financial assistance included a payment that could be used for any purpose which may include assisting businesses to cover fixed costs or to reopen the business once the pandemic is over.

The program was operated by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance.

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1. Benefits

  • Payments were based on 15% of a business's monthly sales revenue in either April 2019 or February 2020. Businesses may select either of these months to calculate their payment.
  • The maximum payment was $5,000 per business per eligibility period.
  • Payments could be used for any purpose, including paying fixed costs or expenditures related to re-opening the business following the pandemic.

Seasonal Business Benefits:

  • Payments were based on 15% of a business's average monthly sales revenue, based on the full months that the business carried on operations in 2019.
  • The maximum payment was $5,000 per business per eligibility period.
  • Payments could be used for any purpose, including paying fixed costs or expenditures related to re-opening the business following the pandemic.
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2. Eligibility

To have been eligible, a Saskatchewan business or not-for-profit must:

  1. Have been carrying on business in Saskatchewan on February 29, 2020;
  2. Have been ordered to temporarily close or curtail operations through a COVID-19 public health order;
  3. Have less than 500 employees;
  4. Attest that they:
    • have experienced a loss in sales revenue from business activities due to a COVID-19 public health order;
    • plan to reopen operations following the cancellation of the COVID-19 public health order; and
    • have not received any payments or amounts from any other sources, including insurance, to replace or compensate for the loss of sales revenue other than amounts from other government assistance programs; and
  5. Apply on or before July 31, 2020.

To have been eligible, a seasonal Saskatchewan business must:

  1. Have been eligible to carry on business in Saskatchewan on February, 29, 2020;
  2. Have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations during the public emergency period;
  3. Have less than 500 employees;
    • In the year before the COVID-19 public health order; or
    • When averaged for the 3 years before the year in which the COVID-19 public health order;
  4. Attest that they:
    • Have experienced a loss of sales revenue due to a COVID-19 public health order;
    • Plan to reopen operations following the cancellation of the COVID-19 public health order;
    • Have not received any payments or amounts from any other sources, including insurance, to replace or compensate for the loss of sales revenue other than amounts from other government assistance programs; and
  5. Apply on or before July 31, 2020.

A seasonal business is a small business that carries on business only for part of a year.

To have been eligible for a payment in the second eligibility period, a Saskatchewan business would have been required to meet all of the above eligibility requirements and continue to be ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations through a public health order after May 19, 2020.

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3. How to Apply

Please note that the application period for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program closed on August 1, 2020. Applications received by July 31, 2020, will be processed shortly.
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4. Application Documents

Please note that the application period for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program closed on August 1, 2020. Applications received by July 31, 2020, will be processed shortly.

Program Overview and Application Instructions

Questions and Answers

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5. Further Information

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

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