With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we encourage you to make use of the resources and information below as you make decisions on behalf of your business and its employees. We will strive to keep this page up-to-date with the most relevant and timely information. As we are able to get questions answered for our membership, we will post those answers here as well. Updated: February 18, 2021
The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan
The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan is a 5-phase plan for reopening Saskatchewan’s economy and returning to normal social practices. Please see the following links and Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the plan and what to expect. The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan was last updated January 12, 2021.
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan (Full)
Federal Government News & Programs
Provincial Government News & Programs
Municipal Government News & Programs
NSBA Correspondence and Media
Tips & Advice for Business Owners
NSBA Webinar Series
The NSBA is hosting a series of webinars to provide businesses with pertinent information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the upcoming webinars or re-watch past webinars HERE.
Questions & Answers
Q: What steps should I take if my business is slow and I am having trouble keeping my employees working?
A: There are a couple measures that a business can take in this situation to decide the next steps:
- Understand your business’ financial situation and what it will mean for your business to stay open, pause operations, or close. Speak to your accountant/financial advisor to understand your options.
- Ask your commercial insurance provider whether your plan covers business interruption.
- Make a plan on how your business will weather the COVID-19 pandemic and return to full operations. Look for opportunities to adapt your business to the circumstances (e.g. offering delivery instead of eat-in options) that can keep your employees working and revenue coming in.
Q: How do I take advantage of the Government of Canada’s temporary wage subsidy for employers?
A: All employers in Canada will be eligible to apply for a temporary wage subsidy of up to 75% of an employee’s salary for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15th. The amount per employee will be capped at $847 per week (equivalent to 75% of the first $58,700 of an employee’s salary). To be eligible for this program, employers will need to be able to demonstrate a 30% decline in revenue versus the corresponding month in 2019. Applications for this program will be available soon via CRA’s digital services. However, employers should not expect money to be paid out for approximately 6 weeks. If you have already applied for and received the previous 10% wage subsidy, the amount you are eligible for under the new program will be lowered by the amount received under the original plan.
Q: I am in a position to have to lay-off staff. Do I need to provide notice and pay in lieu?
A: Saskatchewan recently amended the Employment Standard Regulations to ensure that during a public emergency, businesses will not have to provide notice or pay in lieu of notice when they lay-off staff if it is for a period of 12 weeks or less in a 16-week period. If an employer lays-off employees periodically for a total of more than 12 weeks in a 16-week period, the employees are considered to be terminated and are entitled to pay instead of notice as outlined in the Act. This will be calculated from the date on which the employee was laid off.
Q: Who should I contact regarding the Government of Canada’s Business Credit Availability Program?
Q: Will the City of Saskatoon still be processing construction permits during this time?
A: Yes, the permitting department is considered an essential service and will be operational to help keep business flowing during this time. Delays may be experienced while the office transitions to remote work situations and deals with a backlog of permits.
Q: I have laid off employees and want to supplement their benefits. How do I do this?
A: If an employer wants to “top-up” EI benefits for their employees, they must register to do so with Service Canada. Employers can learn more HERE.