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Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR)

The Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate is established to reimburse eligible small businesses in Saskatchewan for incremental expenses made to adapt their business models to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial assistance includes a payment of up to $5,000 for 50% of total eligible business-adaptation investments made by the applicant between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. The minimum business expenditure that will be reimbursed is $300 (which would mean a $150 government contribution).

Business adaptation investments include incremental, one-time expenditures aimed at establishing physical barriers or reconfiguring space to operate safely, providing services through digital tools, providing new or different services or products, and shifting to delivery or curb-side services. Eligible expenditures are intended to contribute to the completion of an asset or project that is lasting and not transactional, for example, a website or renovation. Eligible expenses include website development or enhancements to support curbside pickup or delivery, initial costs for new software, costs of renovations and lasting equipment needed to operate safely like hand sanitation stations, or contactless payment. They do not include staff costs, personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer or cleaning products.

Applications will be accepted from December 22 to March 31, 2021.

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1. Benefits

  • Payments are calculated based on 50% of the business's eligible adaptation expenditures between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.
  • The maximum payment is $5,000 per business.
  • Payment is for one-time, incremental expenditures to adapt the business model or operate safely during the pandemic, such as the initial cost to shift to a delivery service or provide digital services (e.g., website development, software), the cost of purchasing and installing Plexiglas, or the cost of altering business space. Expenses incurred for cleaning products, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment like masks, and transactional fees (e.g. commissions for delivery) are not eligible. Please see Q&As for more details.
  • Expenditures must be over $300 to qualify.
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2. Eligibility

To be eligible, a Saskatchewan business must:

  1. Maintain a permanent establishment in Saskatchewan;
  2. Have experienced an on-going loss of sales revenue equal to at least 30% for each of the months of April, May and two additional months of the applicant's choosing between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021 as compared to the same months in 2019;
  3. Have less than 100 full-time and part-time employees:
    • in 2019; or
    • when averaged for 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  4. Provide proof of expenditures for incremental business adaptation investments totaling $300 or greater paid between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.
  5. Attest that the business expects to continue operations in 2021; and
  6. Apply on or before March 31, 2021.
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3. How to Apply

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

To qualify for the SRAR program, an applicant must submit a complete application, provide receipts for all expenses claimed and attest to the eligibility criteria.

Applications containing all the required information will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The last day that applications will be accepted is March 31, 2021.

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5. Further Information

For additional information on the program, email SRAR@gov.sk.ca or call 1-844-800-8688.

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