COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The BC government announced on July 16 that it has laid the framework to be put in place later this summer which will help renters and landlords to transition and tenants in arrears to maintain their housing when the ban on evictions for non-payment of rent is lifted ahead of Sept 1, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia news release of July 16, 2020.[373]

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Planning Act on March 18, 2020. For more information about this legislation and the government’s powers under it, see our “explainer”, here[374]. The Government of Saskatchewan has established “Support for Business[375]” and “Support for Workers[376]” pages outlining many available federal and provincial supports.

General relief measures

$7.5 billion stimulus package

  • On May 6, 2020, the Premier of Saskatchewan announced a $7.5 billion capital plan, which is a $2 billion increase over previously planned capital investments.

  • The package will balance the need for smaller, short term projects with longer-term projects that leverage multiple sectors over the next several years.

  • As part of the package, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing $300 million in new highways projects.

  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news releases of May 6 and May 13, 2020.[377][378]

  • As part of the package, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing $150 million in Municipal Economic Enhancement Program in order to stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of July 22, 2020.[379]

Relief measures for businesses

Support for trade and investment

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced that its 2020-21 Provincial Budget provides up to $4.2 million in new funding to increase trade, attract investment and improve competitiveness to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and build a strong economy.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news releases of June 16, 2020.[380]

Protection for small business tenants

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