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Welcome to Tourism Saskatchewan's industry news and information hub. Here you will find the latest news updates relating business continuity and recovery, as well as links to support resources. If you have questions related to tourism business operations in Saskatchewan, please contact us via email or chat below.

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Tourism Saskatchewan releases Pathway to Recovery Plan video

Friday, July 10 2020 10:00 AM
Tourism Saskatchewan’s new video, Pathway to Recovery, introduces a plan to support the tourism industry through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. During the plan’s three phases – Response, Recovery and Resilience – Tourism Saskatchewan will work closely with DMOs, CMOs, tourism operators and industry stakeholders.
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2020 Employers of Choice keep designations through 2021

Tuesday, July 07 2020 02:30 PM
All tourism businesses in Saskatchewan have the opportunity to be recognized as Employers of Choice. Fulfilling the requirements and earning the title demonstrates a commitment to empowering staff and enhancing the workplace culture.
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Tourism Saskatchewan offers free online workshops

Friday, July 03 2020 02:00 PM
Tourism Saskatchewan is offering a free online workshop series that addresses timely topics and provides valuable resources for industry. Topics include COVID recovery, digital marketing, and understanding your markets.
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Tourism HR Canada extends free emerit training until July 31

Monday, June 29 2020 03:00 PM
Tourism HR Canada will continue to offering its entire emerit online course catalogue free of charge until July 31. Those who sign up for courses by that date will have access to the training modules until December 31.
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ExploreSask Photo Contest 2020

Wednesday, June 17 2020 10:00 AM
Tourism Saskatchewan’s annual ExploreSask Photo Contest is officially underway and accepting entries as of June 15. Tourism Saskatchewan understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel and participate in activities. Practicing safe, physical distancing and following the advice of health officials is critical. But there are still many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, discover new experiences and capture stunning images of our province.
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Postmedia grant available for marketing

Monday, June 15 2020 01:30 PM
Tourism operators are encouraged to apply for the Postmedia Supports local marketing grant, available to Canadian businesses, not-for-profits and charity organizations that operate within 100 km of communities served by Postmedia.
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Participate in COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Impact Survey

Monday, June 15 2020 01:30 PM
Tourism HR Canada has launched a COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Impact Survey to assist the recovery of the nation’s tourism sector. The data collected will help Tourism HR Canada in several ways.
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Government of Saskatchewan lifts travel restrictions in the northwest

Thursday, June 04 2020 10:00 AM
The Government of Saskatchewan announced that effective June 8, the public health order restricting travel for northwest Saskatchewan will be lifted. Travel in and out of the northwest region, and between communities, will be allowed.
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Destination Canada invests in provincial and territorial marketing organizations

Tuesday, June 02 2020 09:00 AM
Destination Canada (DC), the country’s national tourism marketing body, announced a new partnership with provincial and territorial marketing organizations to promote local businesses and encourage Canadians to discover experiences in their own backyard.
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Saskatchewan Tourism Week May 24-30

Thursday, May 21 2020 10:30 AM
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May 24-30 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week. The week coincides with Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the importance of a vibrant tourism sector and the economic benefits generated through travel and tourism.
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New outfitting guidelines issued in Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan

Wednesday, May 20 2020 10:00 AM
The Government of Saskatchewan outlined Phase 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, which includes the addition of Outfitting Guidelines.
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Applications for Tourism Professional Development Bursary open until May 31

Monday, May 11 2020 03:30 PM
Tourism Saskatchewan offers professional development bursaries for the tourism sector. Bursaries of up to $500 per participant are available.
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Supports for outfitters and other seasonal businesses announced

Monday, May 04 2020 10:30 AM
The Government of Saskatchewan announced new supports for northern outfitters and businesses operating in provincial parks. Amendments to the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program (SSBEP) ensure that these small businesses are eligible for grants up to $5,000.
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Non-critical travel into northern Saskatchewan restricted

Monday, April 27 2020 08:00 AM
A Public Health Order was announced on April 24 restricting all non-critical travel into northern Saskatchewan, specifically the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. Non-essential travel between communities in northern Saskatchewan is also advised.
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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

Friday, April 24 2020 10:00 AM
Provincial parks will be open to vehicle traffic and for limited day use on May 4 to support limited activities that can maintain physical distancing recommendations, such as fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Boat launch access will be available beginning May 4.
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Five-stage Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan announced

Thursday, April 23 2020 12:30 PM
The Government of Saskatchewan announced its staggered plan for safely lifting emergency restrictions and enabling businesses to re-open and employees to return to work. Re-Open Saskatchewan identifies five phases, beginning on May 4, that will see Saskatchewan businesses and services “methodically, gradually and cautiously” resume.
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Canada emergency wage subsidy available open for applications April 27

Thursday, April 23 2020 09:00 AM
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides eligible businesses with a 75 per cent wage subsidy (to a maximum of $847 per week) for up to 12 weeks. The subsidy encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canada Emergency Business Account expanded

Friday, April 17 2020 12:30 PM
The Government of Canada announced changes to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) that will benefit more for small businesses.
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Canada Emergency Response Benefit extended to part-time and seasonal workers

Thursday, April 16 2020 02:00 PM
Amendments to the program allow people to earn an additional $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB. Eligibility has been extended to seasonal workers whose EI has ended and regular seasonal positions suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy available

Tuesday, April 14 2020 03:00 PM
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides eligible businesses with a 75 per cent wage subsidy (to a maximum of $847 per week) for up to 12 weeks. The subsidy encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Details available for Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment

Monday, April 13 2020 03:30 PM
Financial support, in the form of one-time grants, will be provided to small- and medium-sized businesses that have temporarily closed or curtailed operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Payments can be used for any purpose, including ongoing fixed costs or post-pandemic reopening expenses.
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Government of Saskatchewan announces emergency support program for small businesses

Thursday, April 09 2020 03:30 PM
Saskatchewan small businesses will receive additional provincial support to help deal with current COVID-19 challenges through the new Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP).
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Saskatchewan Trucking Association creates Trucker’s Meal and Accommodations Guide

Thursday, April 09 2020 11:00 AM
To assist the trucking industry and its drivers, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) has created the Trucker’s Meal and Accommodations Guide.
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SaskAlert App assures up-to-date COVID-19 information

Thursday, April 09 2020 08:00 AM
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency is urging Saskatchewan residents to download the SaskAlert App to receive accurate and timely details about COVID-19.
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Tools for Saskatchewan Residents to Access COVID-19 Information

Wednesday, April 08 2020 09:00 AM
The Government of Saskatchewan has a number of resources for the public to access information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Online tools and webinars available

Thursday, April 02 2020 04:30 PM
Many tourism-related organizations are offering online resources and webinars to keep stakeholders, businesses and workers informed on issues and developments relating to COVID-19.
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Provincial parks campsite reservation launch on hold

Thursday, April 02 2020 03:15 PM
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks is delaying the 2020 campsite reservation launch until further notice.
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Tourism HR Canada offers free emerit courses

Thursday, April 02 2020 03:00 PM
Tourism HR Canada is committed to helping tourism operators and employees navigate this difficult period and prepare for the tourism sector’s recovery. A variety of emerit frontline, supervisory and managerial online training modules are being offered free of charge.
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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada launches stimulus measures

Wednesday, April 01 2020 11:00 AM
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has rewritten its business plan for the upcoming fiscal year in response to the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry.
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Government of Saskatchewan enhances services to assist employers

Wednesday, April 01 2020 10:00 AM
The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT) supports employers and industries through programs and services targeted at developing, attracting and retaining a skilled workforce.
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Funding Programs Spring 2020 Intake Postponed

Wednesday, April 01 2020 08:00 AM
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tourism Saskatchewan is adjusting the intake period for two application-based funding programs: The Tourism Product Diversification and New Market Development Program and the Destination Experience Development Program.
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