COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

Relief measures for individuals

Supports for youth transitioning out of care

  • The Government of Saskatchewan is extending support services to youth in care who would normally be transitioning to independence during the COVID-19 pandemic up to January 5, 2021.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s press release of June 29,2020.[397]

Support for caregivers

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced on May 28, 2020 additional respite funding for caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. This funding provides $100 per month from June to September 2020 to pay for respite or respite activities.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s press release of May 28,2020.[398]

New inactive well program

  • On May 22, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that it is launching a new Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP) for the reclamation of inactive oil and gas wells and facilities. The program is meant to generate jobs to help Saskatchewan people get back to work.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of May 22, 2020.[399]

Temporary Wage Supplement

  • On April 30, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a temporary wage supplement for lower income essential workers. The new wage supplement consists of a $400 per month benefit for up to 16 weeks (March 15 to July 4) for each eligible worker. To be eligible, workers must earn less than $2,500 per month and work in:
    • senior-care facilities, including private care homes and home care;
    • licenced childcare facilities;
    • group homes run by community-based organizations; or
    • emergency shelters and transition shelters.

For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of April 30, 2020. The application process will be outlined in the coming days.[400]

Emergency aid for Saskatchewan post-secondary students

  • On April 9, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a $1.5 million investment in emergency financial aid available to help at-risk post-secondary students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those with limited financial resources and whose studies and employment have been disrupted. Both domestic and international students in need are eligible for a one-time emergency bursary. The bursaries for students will be available from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. The details regarding eligibility requirements and applications will be available to students through their post-secondary educational institution within the next week to ten days.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s news release of April 9, 2020.[401]

Evictions suspended

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