Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program No. 2 (SSBEP 2)

Tax information for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment: The payment received under this grant is taxable, under the federal Income Tax Act. For income tax purposes, please include the payment as business income.

The Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) – Phase 2 is established to provide financial assistance to eligible small businesses in Saskatchewan that have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations due to a public health order in effect between December 1-31, 2020, January 1-31, February 1-28 and/or March 1-31, 2021, to help control transmission of COVID-19.

Please review the current list of provincial Public Health Orders. Please note that businesses identified as "critical public services" on the Critical Public Services and Allowable Business Services list are not eligible for the SSBEP 2 program.

Financial assistance includes a payment of up to $5,000 for December 2020, January, February and/or March 2021 that can be used for any purpose.

The program was initially offered April through June of 2020. An amended Phase 2 of the program has been established for December 1-31, 2020, January 1-31, February 1-28 and/or March 1-31, 2021, with the program opening for applications on Monday, December 7, 2020, and ending on Friday April 30, 2021.

The program is operated by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Export Development.

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1. Benefits

  • Payments are calculated based on 15% of a business's monthly sales revenue in any of November 2019, December 2019 or February 2020. The applicant may select the month to provide the business with the most financial assistance.
  • The maximum payment is $5,000 per business, per eligibility period. Payments can be used for any purpose, including paying fixed costs or expenditures related to re-opening the business following the pandemic.

Seasonal Business Benefits:

  • Payments are based on 15% of a seasonal business's average monthly sales revenue, based on the full months that the business carried on operations in 2019.
  • The maximum payment is $5,000 per business, per eligibility period.

Payments can 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 be eligible, a Saskatchewan business must:

  1. Have been carrying on business in Saskatchewan on October 31, 2020;
  2. Maintain a permanent establishment in Saskatchewan and pay income tax to Saskatchewan;
  3. Have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations through a COVID-19 public health order in effect during December 2020, January, February and/or March 2021;
  4. Have less than 500 full-time and part-time employees;
    • in the year before the public health order; or
    • when averaged for the three years before the year in which the public health order was made;
  5. Attest that they:
    • have experienced a loss, or will experience a loss, in sales revenue from business activities from December 1 to 31, 2020, January 1 to 31, February 1 to 28 and/or March 1 to 31, 2021, due to a public health order; and
    • plan to reopen or continue operations following the cancellation of the public health orders.
  6. Apply before April 30, 2021.

A seasonal business is a small business that carries on business for more than one month in a year but not during the full year. Seasonal businesses that do not normally operate in December 2020, January, February and/or March 2021 are not eligible for the program. The business must operate and generate sales revenue from activities during the eligibility period in order to be considered for eligibility.

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3. How to Apply

Businesses should review all of the eligibility criteria, as outlined in the Program Overview and Application Instructions, Q&A document and the program Regulations.

Complete the online application and:

  • Include banking information for direct deposit;
  • Acknowledge the attestation at the end of the application; and
  • Click on 'submit.'

A business that has applied for the December 2020 eligibility period will automatically be considered for January, February and March 2021 payments and need not reapply. Applicant businesses can expect to be contacted by program administrators for the required information. Applicants will need to attest to a decline in January, February and/or March 2021 sales revenue to qualify. Payments for the January, February and March 2021 eligibility periods will be based on the same calculations as the December 2020 payment, and therefore issued at the same amount.

Businesses that did not apply for the December 2020 eligibility period will need to apply for the January, February and/or March 2021 eligibility periods in order to be considered for eligibility.

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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.

For information on other COVID-19 programming, please visit the Support for Businesses webpage.

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