Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

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Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy is no longer accepting applications. This information is for reference purposes only.

Tax information for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy: 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.

Due to high program demand, applications that were submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact us.

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

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

The objectives of the RSTS were to:

  • provide enhanced training support to ensure employers were able to access training to maintain business activities while promoting workplace safety and stimulating competitiveness;
  • ensure employers were equipped with the skills needed to remain operational and adjust business models; and
  • prepared employers for the safe re-opening of a social-distancing economy.

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

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1. Benefits

  • Training support through the RSTS program ensured employers had access to training to maintain business activities while continuing to promote workplace safety and align business practices with the re-open Saskatchewan guidelines;
  • Employers selected the employee(s) and the training program;
  • 100% reimbursement to eligible employers for approved training;
  • Approved employers received 33% of the cost of training upon entering into a training agreement with the government. The remaining 67% was paid upon completion of final reporting and verification of actual expenditures; and
  • The maximum payment was $10,000 to eligible employers for the duration of the RSTS program.
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2. Eligibility

Employers

To be eligible, employers had to 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 and Re-Open Saskatchewan plan were updated periodically as the provincial economy re-opens. Eligibility for RSTS using this list was assessed 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 were not eligible for RSTS funding.

Application deadline closed June 30, 2021.

Trainees

Eligible trainees were required to be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a valid Social Insurance Number; and
  • an existing employee of the applying employer (that is, currently on the payroll of the company).

Temporary Foreign Workers, volunteers, or business owners that were not employees of the business were 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

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.).

Training Providers

Third-party training providers were required to be based in Saskatchewan and could include:

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

Application Deadline

Application deadline closed June 30, 2021.

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3. How to Apply

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy is no longer accepting applications. This information is for reference purposes only.

Due to high program demand, applications that were submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of training may not be approved. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact us.

Training started prior to an approved contract is not eligible for RSTS funding.

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4. Application Documents

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5. Further Information

For additional information on the RSTS Program, email cansaskjobgrant@gov.sk.ca

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

Are you a training provider? For more information on the program, please review these tips.

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