COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced temporary commercial eviction protection for small business tenants. The moratorium on evictions applies to landlords that are eligible to apply for the CECRA but choose not to.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news releases of June 5, 2020.[381]

Support for agricultural sector

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced that they are working with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) in order to lift spring road bans and allow heavier trucks to deliver priority goods.
  • The government also announced that the enrollment deadline for the 2020 AgriStability program year has been extended without penalty to July 3, 2020. On April 24, 2020, the government announced that the 2020 AgriStability interim benefit payment percentage will be increased from 50% to 75% for Saskatchewan producers. For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of April 17, 2020.[382][383]
  • On May 14, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $10 million in additional funding to help livestock producers manage the impacts of COVID-19 related market disruptions.
  • $5 million of the funding is for Saskatchewan’s share of the costs associated with the national AgriRecovery set-aside program, and $5 million is to partially offset higher premium costs under the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program. For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of May 14, 2020.[384]

Emergency support program for Saskatchewan small businesses

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced a $50 million program to provide financial support to small and medium-sized businesses that have had to temporarily close or significantly curtail operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP). The SSBEP provides a grant paid based on 15 per cent of a business’ monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5,000. To be eligible for the SSBEP, businesses must:
    • have been fully operational on February 29, 2020;
    • have ceased or curtailed operations as a result of the COVID-19 public health order;
    • have less than 500 employees; and
    • commit to reopen business operations following the cancellation of the COVID-19 public health order.
  • It is also planned that the government request the federal government to exempt the SSBEP from business income for tax purposes.
  • On May 1, 2020, the government announced $1 million in funding to support a province-wide marketing campaign. The marketing campaign is aimed at encouraging Saskatchewan residents to support local businesses and their employees.
  • On May 8, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the SSBEP program will be extended through the month of May for businesses that are required to remain closed or substantially curtail operations after May 19, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news releases of April 9, May 1, and May 8, 2020.[385][386][387]

Support for oil industry

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