COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Saskatchewan announced on March 26, 2020 that the Office of Residential Tenancies (ORT) is temporarily suspending eviction hearings. The ORT will only conduct eviction hearings for urgent situations. On July 6, 2020, the ORT announced that, starting August 4, 2020, it will begin accepting eviction applications from landlords for non-payment of rent.
  • Tenants who are unable to pay their rent during the state of emergency will be expected to pay their rent in full once the state of emergency is over.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act

  • On March 20, 2020, the Saskatchewan Employment Act was amended to introduce a new unpaid public health emergency leave and remove the 13-week employment requirement to access sick leave and the requirement for a doctor’s note to access sick leave.
  • The Employment Standard Regulations have been amended to provide that:
    • 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.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s press release of March 20, 2020.[402]

Self-Isolation Support Program

  • On March 20, 2020, the Premier of Saskatchewan announced a support plan for employers and employees. The Self-Isolation Support Program will provide $450 per week for a maximum of two weeks (or $900) for residents who are forced to self-isolate. Workers can apply to the program if they were (or are) in isolation because they had contracted the virus or are showing symptoms, had been in contact with an infected person or had returned from abroad.
  • Workers are not eligible if they are being compensated by their employer (including sick leave and vacation leave), they have private insurance, or if they are covered by another government program, including federal employment insurance.
  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s press release of March 20, 2020. Applications are available on the Self-Isolation Support Program webpage.[403][404]

Crown utility interest deferral

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