REGINA -- The Government of Saskatchewan has announced a number of financial supports for employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Self-isolation support program: $450 weekly for two weeks for those forced to self-isolate who are not covered by federal EI program. This includes people who recently returned from travel.
  • Three month PST remittance deferral and audit suspension: Businesses that can’t remit PST due to money concerns will have relief from penalty and interest charges. Businesses must submit a request for relief. Audit programs and compliance activities have been suspended.
  • Crown utility interest deferral programs: Bill deferrals are available to all crown utility customers.
  • Student loan repayment moratorium: A six month student loan repayment moratorium is effective immediately.
  • Changes to employment standard regulations: Businesses do not have to give notice or pay in lieu when staff is being laid off for 12 weeks or less in a 16 week period.

The province says a business response team will be established.