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Tourism Saskatchewan understands that these are unprecedented times for Saskatchewan’s tourism industry and tourism operators. The COVID-19 pandemic brought financial stress and uncertainty to attractions, businesses, events and other tourism organizations.

We are working closely with provincial and federal agencies, Destination Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and other industry partners to develop plans and support programs for the industry's recovery.

We are here to help. Please contact us. Email your COVID-19 questions and concerns to questions@tourismsask.com.


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LAST UPDATED: September 25, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS
TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS DIRECTORY
BUSINESS OPERATIONS SUPPORT
EMPLOYEE SUPPORT
MARKETING SUPPORT
RECOVERY RESOURCES
WEBINARS, EVENTS AND RESOURCES
PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL PARKS
PUBLIC HEALTH AND PANDEMIC INFORMATION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program expanded

The Government of Saskatchewan announced expansion of Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program to include additional businesses and organizations in the event sector and accommodation sector categories.

The program now includes privately-owned RV parks and campgrounds, as well as all licensed outfitters, as eligible “accommodation sector” businesses.

Tourism businesses have until October 1 to apply for the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP), which offers relief to qualifying businesses that suffered severe losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The STSSP provides a one-time, non-repayable emergency payment to eligible tourism operators in the hospitality and event/attraction industries. For the accommodation sector and large event facilities, payments will range from $10,000-$50,000, depending on sales revenue. For attraction, tour or event operators with ongoing fixed costs, the payment range is $7,500-$15,000.

Detailed information, comprehensive Q&A documents, and application instructions are available for the two funding streams:

October 1 is the application deadline. For additional information, contact the Ministry of Trade and Export Development at 1-800-667-6102 or email stssp@gov.sk.ca.

Federal Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program extended

The Government of Canada announced an extension to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program to help qualifying small businesses pay September rent.

This will be the final extension of the program as the federal government explores optional support programs to help small businesses mitigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses that qualified for the CECRA under existing program parameters will be able to apply for the additional month extension based on having a 70 per cent drop in revenue for April, May and June. They are not required to reassess the declining revenue percentage for July, August or September. Participation in the one-month extension is voluntary. Both existing applicants to the CECRA and new applicants may opt for the September rent reduction.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extended

The Government of Canada announced a four-week extension to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits at the end of August will be able to access an additional month of support.

The CERB provides temporary income support to workers who lose income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit applies to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals.

Changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program were also announced, including three new benefits:

  • Canada Recovery Benefit – provides $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who are self-employed or ineligible for EI but still require income support due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit – provides $500 per week for up to two weeks to workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons associated with COVID-19
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit – provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians unable to work due to family caregiving responsibilities that relate to COVID-19.

More details about these and other changes will posted on the CERB portal.

Canada Emergency Business Account deadline extended

The Government of Canada announced a two-month extension to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). The support is now available until October 31.

The CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. The loans help to cover operating costs while revenues are down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses can apply for CEBA support through their financial institutions.

An extension to the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) was also announced. In place until June 2021, the BCAP enables businesses to access additional credit to maintain operations and keep employees on the payroll. Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada will continue to work with lenders to ensure that Canadian businesses have access to capital.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund accepting applications beginning August 31

The #CanadaUnited campaign (https://www.gocanadaunited.ca/) is a nationwide effort encouraging Canadians to support local businesses.

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/) is managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national chamber network. It provides support to chambers and partners across Canada to help small businesses with recovery efforts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000, to be used for any of the following activities:

  • Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, provincial or federal reopening guidelines
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business

Applications for the Canada Small Business Relief Fund will be accepted beginning August 31.

Review the eligibility criteria (https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/) and watch for additional details.

Federal wage subsidy for businesses to be extended to December

The federal government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program to December of this year. The program covers 75 per cent of wages, up to a weekly maximum of $847, for workers at eligible companies and non-profits affected by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources can be found on CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page, including the Frequently asked questions - Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy application guide. The CRA also encourages employers who haven’t already done so to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as well as for Direct deposit.

 

TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS DIRECTORY

Destination Canada

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
 

Tourism HR Canada

Hotel Association of Canada (HAC)

Restaurants Canada

 

BUSINESS OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Government of Saskatchewan

The Business Response Team works directly with businesses to identify program supports, both provincially and federally.
Business Response Team
1-844-800-8688
supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program will reimburse eligible private-sector employers 100 per cent of employee training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per business to mitigate against additional financial impacts from training required to support their safe re-opening.

The $2 million RSTS program will support short-term training of employees, focusing on areas such as health and safety requirements and the adoption of innovative practices to help the business adapt to social distancing requirements. The RSTS program is being launched as a temporary emergency response for eligible employers who are currently on the Government of Saskatchewan’s list of critical public services and allowable businesses during the emergency period or set to resume business operations in a confirmed phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan

The application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020.

For more information, employers can visit saskatchewan.ca/training-subsidy, call 306-964-1005 for Saskatoon and area or 306-787-4677 for Regina and area, or email cansaskjobgrant@gov.sk.ca

Saskatchewan Economic Development Authority

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Authority is offering training through its Destination Creation Program. Businesses can apply to the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant to subsidize these training costs. The new Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Program can also be accessed to cover the training costs - application deadline is December 31.

Provincial Sales Tax Remittance Relief

Saskatchewan businesses are currently able to defer Provincial Sales Tax (PST) remittance for three-months. 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. Call the Tax Inquiry Line at 1-800-667-6102 or email sasktaxinfo@gov.sk.ca with any PST-related questions.

Government of Canada

Canada Summer Jobs Program – temporary flexibilities offered to employers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of flexibilities have been introduced to the Canada Summer Jobs Program in areas of wage subsidies, part-time placements, employment period and changes to project and job activities.

Federal Work-Sharing Program extended

The Government of Canada has extended the during of its Work-Sharing Program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

Canadian Business Resilience Network

  • Resources page to navigate government programs for COVID-19 assistance

Employment and Social Development Canada

World Health Organization (WHO) Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
*please contact your financial institution first if you are not already a BDC member*
Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Payroll Association
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIB) Export Development Canada Service Hospitality Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Global Affairs Canada

Government of Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Export Development Canada

Google for Small Businesses

Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority 

Business Development Bank of Canada

Square One (Saskatchewan Centre for Entrepreneurship)

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

COVID-19 Benefits Calculator - Step-by-step guide during the COVID-19 pandemic to find out which benefits your business qualifies for and how to apply with The Government of Canada

Bank of Canada Rate News

Finance Canada

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association

EMPLOYEE SUPPORT

Government of Saskatchewan

Support for workers adversely affected by the COVID-19 situation:
COVID-19 Support for Workers

Saskatchewan Self-Isolation Support Program

The Government of Saskatchewan offers the Saskatchewan Self-Isolation Support Program for Saskatchewan workers who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 infection, contact or symptoms, and are ineligible for other government assistance programs. Eligible applications can access $450 per week for a maximum of two weeks.

MARKETING SUPPORT

BC Hughes

Destination Think!

Destination Canada

BC Hotel Association

Destinations Canada

 

RECOVERY SUPPORT

Tourism Saskatchewan

Tourism Saskatchewan’s video, “Pathway to Recovery,” lays out Tourism Saskatchewan’s phased plan to support the tourism industry through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, through close work with DMOs, CMOs, operators and industry stakeholders. As the Re-open Saskatchewan plan states: “Although the challenge is formidable, it’s one that we’re overcoming by working together.”

Tourism Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Economic Development Authority

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Authority is offering training through its Destination Creation Program. Businesses can apply to the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant to subsidize these training costs. The new Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Program can also be accessed to cover the training costs - application deadline is December 31.

Government of Canada

Tourism HR Canada

Museums Association of Saskatchewan

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Restaurants Canada - Free Webinars and Resources

Destination Think!

Service Hospitality

World Travel and Tourism Council

 

WEBINARS, EVENTS AND RESOURCES

Tourism Saskatchewan

  • Adapting Your Business: a Strategic Approach. Presenter: Albert Jame, Strategy Director, Zu.com. (Recording)
  • Know Your MarketsPresenters: Jonathan Potts, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Tourism Saskatchewan; Jeannette Lye, Manager of Planning and Research, Tourism Saskatchewan. Learn about Saskatchewan resident’s travel behaviour and media preferences. Find out who is travelling this summer, what they are looking for and how to reach them. (Recording)
  • Controlling for COVID-19 with Confidencethinking beyond the mask and hand sanitizer to develop effective safety precautionsPresenter: Robyn Reist, Senior Specialist, Occupational Health and Safety, RCH Consulting Ltd. (Recordng)
  • From Recovery to Resilience. Presenter: Philip Mondor, President and CEO, Tourism HR Canada (Recordng)
  • Ramping Up as the Curve FlattensPresenter: Eva Gutsche, Owner, STEM Consulting & Marketing Inc. (Recordng)

All Tourism Saskatchewan webinars are posted the Pathways to Recovery playlist.

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Government of Canada

World Tourism Organization

Destination Canada

Tourism HR Canada

Museums Association of Saskatchewan

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Go2HR

Restaurants Canada - Free Webinars and Resources

Ascent Strategy

  • Business Resilience Free Webinar Series - A community initiative to provide business owners with access to experts and accurate information as they navigate the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis

Twenty31

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

SafetyCheck - Canadian Food Safety Group

Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail)

Conference Board of Canada

Destination Think!

Service Hospitality

World Travel and Tourism Council

Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

Lodging on Demand

Business Development Bank of Canada

PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL PARKS

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

Provincial Park campgrounds are open for overnight camping effective June 1, 2020. Priority bookings are given to Saskatchewan residents. Bookings are now accepted from out-of-province visitors.

SaskParks urges people to follow social distancing practices and take necessary precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Park staff are available by phone (1-800-205-7070) or email (parks.info@gov.sk.ca) to answer questions.You can also visit saskparks.com for more information. 

NATIONAL PARKS

Canadian residents will be able to camp in a number of national parks, beginning June 29. Grasslands National Park and Prince Albert National Park are included in the parks that are opening campgrounds for the summer season.

Before visiting, review Parks Canada’s guidelines for camping during COVID-19. Camping information specific to Grasslands National Park and Prince Albert National Park is also available.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND PANDEMIC INFORMATION

Government of Saskatchewan

SaskAlert App
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency is urging Saskatchewan residents to download the SaskAlert App to receive accurate and timely details about COVID-19. The app provides critical information to help protect individuals and families. Users have options for receiving public emergency alerts for the entire province, or for a specific municipality or First Nation. The app can target residents in a geographic area with alerts for that region. In case of an emergency, a tone will sound, similar to receiving a normal text message notification. This will occur even if the app is closed. Individuals can then open the app to find information on the emergency and instructions on any required actions.

Public Health Agency of Canada

The World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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