Financial Support · Cash Flow March 24th, 2020

Financial supports for Saskatchewan-based businesses

The Saskatchewan provincial government has made the following available to employers requiring additional supports as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Provincial Sales Tax

Saskatchewan businesses who are unable to remit their PST due to cashflow concerns will have 3-month relief from penalty and interest charges.

Businesses that are unable to file their provincial tax return(s) by the due date may submit a request for relief from penalty and interest charges on the return(s) affected.

Provincial Utilities

All Crown utilities will implement bill-deferral programs allowing a zero-interest bill deferral for up to 6 months for Saskatchewan customers whose ability to make bill payments may be impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Self-Isolation Support Program

The Self-Isolation Support Program, currently under development, is targeted at Saskatchewan residents forced to self- isolate in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and who are not covered by recent federally announced employment insurance programs and other supports. The program will provide $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks or $900.

To be eligible, residents of Saskatchewan must meet these criteria:

  • They have contracted COVID-19 or are showing symptoms;or
  • They have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19; or
  • They have recently returned from international travel and have been required to self-isolate;

AND

  • They are not eligible for compensation including sick leave, vacation leave from their employer;
  • They do not have private insurance covering such disruptions;
  • They are not covered by other programs such as federal employment insurance that has been updated

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