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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 Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

CRCB provides $500 before taxes, per week, for up to 42 weeks to eligible workers who unable to work at least 50% of the week because they need to look after a child under 12 because for reasons related to Covid-19. Examples include people who need to care for their children because of school or daycare closures. This benefit is also available to workers who need to care for a child or family member who has Covid-19 or who needs to quarantine because of Covid-19.

Workers must not be eligible for other supports. This benefit is available until May 7, 2022.

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.

This benefit is available until May 7, 2022.

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.

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit

CWLB provides $300 a week to eligible workers who are unable to work due to a temporary local lockdown anytime between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

The benefit is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region.

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. There is financial 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.

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