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Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program

Phase Two of the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program (STWSP) provided a temporary wage supplement to eligible workers (specified below) helping Saskatchewan's most vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: The application period for STWSP Phase Two has ended.

The program is administered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance.

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1. Benefits

The amount of financial assistance provided in Phase Two of the temporary supplement is $400 for each four-week period, for two periods from November 19 to December 16, 2020, and from December 17, 2020, to January 13, 2021.

T4A slips for the 2020 tax year

Payments received under the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program are taxable and therefore must be included as income on your 2020 income tax return. The Ministry of Finance will issue T4A slips in February 2021, which will account for all payments issued in 2020. Please allow until March 10, 2021, to receive your T4A slip. Please contact us after that date if your slip has not been received.

Note: A T4A slip is not issued when the total amount received in 2020 is under $500. However, the amount received must still be reported on your income tax return.

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2. Eligibility

An eligible worker under Phase Two of the wage supplement program, is a worker who is:

1. Employed by a:

  • Personal care home licensed pursuant to The Personal Care Homes Act; or
  • Special-care home designated pursuant to The Provincial Health Authority Act; or
  • Integrated health care facility (facility that includes a designated Special-care home along with acute care and/or health centre services within the same facility).

2. A home care worker providing care to seniors in their homes.

Note: There is no income criteria for eligibility.

These facilities are impacted by the suspension on visitation effective November 20, 2020, for long-term care facilities and personal care homes, and are therefore included in Phase Two. Other facility types, while providing valuable assistance to citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic, are not included in this phase.

Acute care facilities such as hospitals which provide access to acute short-term care services such as emergency, ambulatory care, diagnostic services, inpatient and outpatient care, critical care, and surgical care operated by the Provincial Health Authority or its affiliates as defined in The Provincial Health Authority Act, are not eligible facilities.

The benefit will be provided to full-time, part-time and casual workers, and includes anyone employed by the facility, such as care workers, cooks, housekeepers, janitors, administrative staff, etc., but does not include third-party contract service providers working in the facilities.

Residents of Alberta or Manitoba who meet the criteria and are employed by an eligible essential care facility in Saskatchewan, or Lloydminster, AB, or Flin Flon, MB, are eligible to apply.

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3. How to Apply

Individuals should review all eligibility criteria and review the Program Overview and Application Instructions.

The applicant may apply for both four-week periods on one application form (November 19 to December 16, 2020, and December 17, 2020, to January 13, 2021).

If there is more than one eligible worker in your family, each worker must submit his or her own application.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2021.

To complete the online application form:

  • Include banking information for automatic deposit;
  • Upload copies of supporting pay/employer information and direct deposit information;
  • Attest to eligibility criteria;
  • Declare application to be true and accurate;
  • Consent to information being used to confirm eligibility; and
  • Click "Submit".
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5. Further Information

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

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