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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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Click on the links below to go the sections. In addition, check out the Questions and Answers for the tourism industry in Saskatchewan.

LAST UPDATED: July 13. 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

Guidelines updated for additional activities resuming in Re-Open Saskatchewan plan

The Government of Saskatchewan announced guidelines for additional activities resuming in Phase 4, Part 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. These include guidelines for the following:

Effective July 16, live performances will be permitted in restaurants and licensed establishments, as well as at public and farmers markets. Physical distancing will be required, with greater distances needed depending on the activity and instruments involved. Dance floors and karaoke are not permitted at this time.

Additional information will continue to be added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan based on direction from public health officials and input from businesses and service providers.

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to become familiar with the revised guidelines and abide by recommendations to ensure that Saskatchewan re-opens safely and there is minimal transmission of COVID-19.

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.

More Saskatchewan businesses, events and activities permitted to re-open

The Government of Saskatchewan announced new details about  businesses, events and activities that can resume in Phase 4, Part 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.

On July 6, the following is permitted to re-open to the public:

  • Indoor pools
  • Indoor rinks
  • Indoor sports and activities
  • Performing arts, including music, dance and theatre

Seating capacity for restaurants and licensed establishments can also increase to a level that allows staff and customers to maintain physical distancing of two metres. Video lottery terminals (VLTs), pool tables, dart boards, arcade games and other recreation areas will be able to re-open on July 6, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

On July 9, casinos and bingo halls can re-open. Guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes effective July 6 and 9. 

July 16 is the target date for racetracks and rodeo-related activities to resume. 

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to become familiar with the revised guidelines and abide by recommendations to ensure that Saskatchewan re-opens safely and there is minimal transmission of COVID-19.

For more information, read the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan

Re-open Saskatchewan Plan, Phase 4, Part 2 announced

The Government of Saskatchewan announced that Phase 4, Part 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan will begin on June 29. 

Under this phase, the following businesses may re-open: 

• Museums
• Galleries
• Movie theatres
• Live theatres

Effective June 26, parks and campgrounds will be open to 100 per cent capacity for overnight stays and limited-term campsites. Visitors will have access washroom and shower facilities; however, increased cleaning/disinfecting is required. Amendments are reflected in the Parks and Campground Guidelines

Revisions were made to the Outdoor Sports and Activities Guidelines, allowing games that can maintain physical distancing to resume. 

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to become familiar with the revised guidelines and abide by recommendations to ensure that Saskatchewan re-opens safely and minimal transmission of COVID-19.

Free webinar launches National Tourism Recovery Toolkit on June 24

Join Tourism HR Canada on June 24 at 11 a.m. (CST) for a free one-hour webinar Register for From Resilience to Recovery, which offers guidance, support and practical tools to tourism operators across Canada challenged by the impacts of COVID-19.

The webinar serves as the formal launch of Tourism HR Canada's Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit. The session will introduce participants to the toolkit's features and provide advice on how to use the content to support recovery efforts.

New temporary training program to support Saskatchewan employers

On June 18, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a new temporary training program to help businesses train employees to enhance safety protocols and adjust business models as they re-open.

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 for RSTS is July 31, 2020.

 

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 for RSTS is July 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 Workers’ Compensation Board Employer Relief Measures

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) introduced relief measures for employers who are unable to pay WCB premium payments. These include:

  • Waiving penalties and interest charges for late premium payments from April 1 until June 30, 2020.
  • Forgiving interest and penalties for late payments applied in March.
  • Prioritizing employer payroll revisions to help employers reduce their premiums.
  • Suspending payroll audits until further notice, except in situations where an employer may be eligible for a refund.

Employers who have concerns about paying their 2020 premiums should contact the WCB to discuss their options.

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-Saskatchewan Rapid Response Teams

  • The Employer Services Branch with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT) is offering concierge services for employers to navigate and access COVID-19 business support programs. 
  • Click here to learn more, phone 306-787-7428 or email employerservices@gov.sk.ca for assistance.

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!

BC Hotel Association

Destinations Canada

 

RECOVERY SUPPORT

Tips on Preparing for Recovery - PDF

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.”

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

Government of Canada

Tourism Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

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

Destinations International

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. Only Saskatchewan residents will be allowed to camp or visit Saskatchewan provincial parks. 

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. 

For the most up-to-date information on 2020 reservations and camping season, please review Provincial Parks FAQ.

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.

If you didn't find what you were looking for above, please email your COVID-19 questions and concerns to questions@tourismsask.com.
OR, visit this Questions and Answers page for the tourism industry.

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)