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Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program has been launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is an employer-driven, short term training program that provides eligible employers with financial support to train employees.

Funding to support training can help employers adjust to the impacts of the pandemic and safely align business activities with the re-opening phases of Saskatchewan’s economy.

The program is operated by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training.

1. Benefits

  • Training support through the RSTS program will ensure employers have access to training to maintain business activities while continuing to promote workplace safety and stimulate competitiveness without a financial burden;
  • Employers select the trainee(s) and the training program;
  • 100% reimbursement to eligible employers for approved training;
  • Approved employers will receive 33% of the cost of training upon entering into a training agreement with the government. The remaining 67% will be paid upon completion of final reporting and verification of actual expenditures; and
  • The maximum payment is $10,000 to eligible employers for the RSTS Program.

2. Eligibility


To be eligible, employers must be on the Government of Saskatchewan's list of critical public services and allowable businesses during the emergency period, or eligible to resume operations in a confirmed phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

The list of critical public services and allowable businesses is updated periodically as the provincial economy reopens to services and communities, and will be used to identify eligible employers.

Eligible employers must be on the critical public services and allowable businesses list as of the application received date or during the eligibility assessment processing period.

Publicly funded organizations such as health regions, post-secondary training institutions, public libraries, municipalities and school divisions are not eligible under this program.

Self-employed individuals are not eligible to participate as RSTS supports trainees.

Applications must be received on or before December 31, 2020.


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a Social Insurance Number;
  • May be either a new hire or an existing employee; and
  • Temporary Foreign Workers are not eligible.

Training Costs

  • Tuition fees or fees charged by the training provider;
  • Mandatory student fees;
  • Textbooks, software and other required materials;
  • Learning material fees; and
  • Examination fees.

* Training taken prior to an approved contract is not eligible for funding.


Training is flexible. Employers choose the training program and mode of delivery that will meet their needs within the following requirements:

  • Must be delivered by a Saskatchewan based third party not affiliated with the employer;
  • Must be a minimum of 8 hours in length per trainee by the same training provider and completed within 4 months; and
  • Must result in a credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.).


Third-party trainers must be based in Saskatchewan and could include:

  • Post-secondary education institutions;
  • Private vocational schools, trade unions; and
  • Private industry trainers.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended. Applications must be received on or before December 31, 2020.


3. How to Apply

Before applying, employers should:

  • Review all of the RSTS Program eligibility criteria.
  • Review the RSTS Program's Overview and Application Instructions.
  • Review the RSTS Program Frequently asked Questions and Answers.

Complete the RSTS Application form:

  • Declare you understand the content of the Application;
  • Attest to the information provided to be true and accurate; and
  • Consent to the Ministry collecting information to verify details contained in the Application; and
  • Click on Submit.

You will be contacted within two business days to confirm receipt of the application.


5. Further Information

For additional information on the RSTS Program, email

Saskatoon and Area, call: 306-964-1005
Regina and Area, call: 306-787-4677

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