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Covid-19 Supports

For complete information about supports and programs provided by the Government of Canada see Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. See Information for Businesses and Workers for information about the supports provided by the Government of Saskatchewan.

Support for Individuals and Families

Many individuals and families are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of some assistance available to individuals and families generally. There are also supports for specific populations including people with disabilities, students, seniors and Indigenous peoples. Information about these supports can be found on both canada.ca and saskatchewan.ca.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

CRB provided support to eligible workers who were unemployed or had their income reduced by at least 50% for reasons related to COVID-19. The maximum number of weeks a person can receive CRB for is 54 weeks. The last period for the CRB is October 10 to 23, 2021 which will be open for application until December 22, 2021.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

CRCB provides $500 before taxes, per week, for up to 42 weeks to eligible workers who have had to stop work or significantly reduce their hours to care for a family member for reasons related to Covid-19. Examples include people who need to care for their children because of school or daycare closures. Workers must not be eligible for other supports.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

CRSB provides $500 before taxes per week for up to 4 weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to Covid-19.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Temporary changes were made to EI to assist Canadians during the Covid-19 pandemic. For claims starting between September 26, 2021 and November 20, 2022, the minimum benefit rate for EI clients is $300 per week before taxes in most cases.

Mortgage Payment Deferral

Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral of up to six months. This is based on an agreement between the homeowner and the lender. Deferred payments still need to be paid at a later date with interest.

Public Health Emergency Leave

Employees are entitled to unpaid public health emergency leave from their job if they are required to isolate or they need to care for their child who is in isolation.

Special Vaccination Leave

The Saskatchewan Government has amended the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 to allow for paid time off from work for employees to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Special Vaccination Leave is similar to provisions allowing residents to vote during a general election. The special vaccination leave requires that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Workers are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work.
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while taking time off to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.

Supports for Businesses

Many businesses are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of some of the assistance available to businesses generally. There are also supports for specific types of businesses including Indigenous businesses, tourism businesses and businesses in the oil and gas sectors. Information about these supports can be found on both canada.ca and saskatchewan.ca.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

BCAP provides guarantees to lenders to allow businesses to obtain loans to be able to stay in business despite the impact of Covid-19.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

CERS provided businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who had seen a drop in revenue due to Covid-19 a subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses. The subsidy provided payments directly to renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

Although the Government of Canada is proposing that the subsidy would continue until May 22, 2022 for businesses hit hardest since the start of the pandemic, this subsidy ended on October 23, 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

CEWS covers a portion of an employee's wages for employers impacted by Covid-19 allowing them to re-hire employees and avoid layoffs.

Although the Government of Canada is proposing that the subsidy would continue until May 22, 2022 for businesses hit hardest since the start of the pandemic, this subsidy ended on October 23, 2021.

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