Resources and Updates
IMPORTANT LINKS TO NOTE:
Information and Planning Sources
People from outside Saskatchewan are welcome to visit Prince Albert National Park. According to the Government of Saskatchewan Guidelines, people who enter or re-enter Saskatchewan should: self-monitor for 14 days; self-isolate at the first sign of symptoms; observe all public health measures including distancing and maximum number of people allowed to gather.
Government of Saskatchewan Update: Information for Saskatchewan Residents
Government of Canada virus update: Update and Advisories
World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Parks Canada - Prince Albert National Park Updates
Destination Canada - Updates on Programs
Coronavirus Resource Hub - Personal, Business, Mental Health, and More
TIAC - Impact on Tourism
You can find live updates and information about Canada’s response to COVID-19 here: http://canada.ca/coronavirus/.
You can find information about supports for small businesses here: http://canada.ca/covid-19-business
For Saskatchewan Small Business Support visit here: Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment
Government of Saskatchewan: Call 1-800-667-6102
You might also contact the constituency office of your MLA. You can look up your MLA here: https://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/mla-contact-information/
You might also contact your local municipal office.
Call 2-1-1 for information about support in your community
Canada’s COVID-19 Response Fund: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/11/prime-minister-outlines-canadas-covid-19-response
BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) Support for Entrepreneurs: https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/
Tourism HR Canada COVID-19 Resources: http://tourismhr.ca/resources/coronavirus/
Western Economic Diversification Canada: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/home.asp
We will get through this by working together. If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Please visit this website to learn more and submit a proposal.
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS:
Parks Canada, UPDATE July 6, 2020, To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places are gradually restoring visitor access and visitor services beginning June 1, 2020. Visitors are now welcome. Not all services are in full use. FULL INFORMATION HERE.
More information regarding camping will be made available over time. Please visit pc.gc.ca frequently for information and updates.
People from outside Saskatchewan are welcome to visit Prince Albert National Park. According to the Government of Saskatchewan guidelines, people who enter or re-enter Saskatchewan should: self-monitor for 14 days; self-isolate at the first sign of symptoms; observe all public health measures including distancing and the maximum number of people allowed to gather.
INFORMATION FOR CABIN AND COTTAGE OWNERS:
UPDATE ON COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT
Waskesiu Townsite Information - Updated July 6, 2020
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.
Opening Parks Canada places to visitors offers Canadians opportunities to physically distance in natural settings. The government is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, to respect the guidance of public health authorities, and to make every effort to flatten the curve and keep one another safe.
Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada is adapting to the COVID-19 situation and visitor access and services will be limited.
Please follow Parks Canada’s social media channels and visit our website for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS:
PARKS CANADA Announces Measures To Help Tourism Businesses
To help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s tourism industry, Parks Canada will work with tourism operators in national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas to defer payments on commercial leases and licenses of occupation without interest until September 2020.
We strongly recommend that you set up a registered CRA account if you have not done so already.
Who can get the CERB?
Who can apply
Eligibility update: The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020.
Note: You cannot apply for the CERB with CRA if you already applied through Service Canada. If you have already applied for Employment Insurance (EI) or for the CERB through Service Canada, you cannot apply for the CERB with the CRA.
Current eligibility periods: you must re-apply for the CERB for each eligibility period. The eligibility period start and end dates are as follows:
August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020
August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020
When and how to apply for the CERB:
How to apply
How to re-apply for the CERB and when you can expect it:
Keep getting your payments
Note: These benefits are taxable and you will need to report any payments received on next year’s tax filing. An information slip will be made available for the 2020 tax year in My Account under Tax Information Slips (T4 and more).
Why and how to return or repay the CERB:
Return or repay CERB
How to contact the CRA with your questions about the CERB:
Contact the Canada Revenue Agency about CERB
FAQ’s on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit:
Questions & Answers
New Recovery Benefits
On August 20, 2020, the Government of Canada announced new recovery benefits for self-employed workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Key highlights include:
Recovery Benefit: after CERB’s expiry on September 27, individuals who do not qualify for EI can apply for a new recovery benefit, which will pay up to $400/week for up to 26 weeks if they have stopped working or had reduced incomes due to COVID-19. Under this new recovery benefit, individuals continue to earn money, but will be required to repay 50 cents of every dollar earned above $38,000. This benefit will be taxed at payment.
Paid sick leave benefit: this new benefit will provide 10 days of paid sick leave to any worker in Canada who falls ill or has to self-isolate due to COVID-19. This new benefit will provide $500/week. Individuals may not claim this benefit and another sick leave payment at the same time. This benefit will be taxed at payment.
Caregiving benefit: this new benefit will provide $500/week to Canadians who must stay home to care for a child under 12 or another dependent because their school, daycare or other day program facility is shut down due to COVID-19. Individuals who choose to keep their children home even though the facility is open will not qualify, unless they provide proof there is a medical reason to do so such as an immunodeficiency disorder. This benefit will be taxed at payment.
In mid-September, a webpage for these three recovery benefits will be established with online applications opening in October.
Learn more about the Government of Canada’s new Recovery Benefits plan HERE
Note: The recovery benefits still require parliamentary approval and Parliament has been prorogued until September 23.
Income tax filing and payment dates extended
The Government of Canada has extended the date of filing for the current tax year to June 1, 2020. This extension applies to corporations that would otherwise have a filing due date after March 18 and before June 1, 2020.
· The new payment date is September 1, 2020. This applies to balances and installments under Part 1 of the Income Tax Act due on or after March 18 and before September 1, 2020. Individuals have also been granted more time to file their returns and make payments.
Canada Emergency Business Account
· Banks will offer $40,000 loans, guaranteed by the government to qualifying small businesses and loans will be interest-free for the first year. To qualify, applicants must have paid between $50,000 and $1 million in total payroll in 2019.
· Full loan repayment by December 31, 2022, will result in a 25% loan forgiveness up to $10,000.
· Loans will be available through eligible financial institutions and will be fully guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada.
· For information about the Canada Emergency Business Account and support available through the Business Credit Availability Program:
Access to Credit through Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program
· The government announced $12.5 billion of additional support and access to credit through EDC and BDC to help small and medium-sized enterprises with cashflow requirements through the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program.
· Businesses can apply for a guaranteed loan through their banking institution to access this additional financial support.
· Loans of up to $6.25 million will be made available to small and medium-sized businesses in Canada directly through their financial institutions.
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Rewrites Business Plan in Face of COVID-19
· The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has rewritten their business plan for their upcoming fiscal year 2020-21, in response to the considerable negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry.
· The revised 2020-21 ITAC Action Plan will ensure investment to Indigenous partner associations and members through stimulus development grants, starting with a revised investment of an estimated $1.175M directly to eligible Indigenous tourism businesses.
If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium-sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office.
Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance. You may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.
Tools & Resources to Help Businesses Navigate
The government of Saskatchewan enhances services to assist employers
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.
Saskatchewan employers and industries are facing difficult challenges. To help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICT Employer Services Branch is offering concierge services for employers. The customizable suite of features assists with navigation and selection of the Government of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada programs and services.
To connect with the branch, email or call 306-787-7428. Click here for comprehensive information to assist businesses during COVID-19.
Government of Saskatchewan Business Response Team
The Government of Saskatchewan has assembled a Business Response Team to address the economic challenges in Saskatchewan stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, the Business Response Team will work with businesses to identify federal and provincial support programs available.
Businesses can contact the team by calling 1-844-800-8688, emailing or by visiting Saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses.
Many Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs are anxious about how to get the help they need in the face of COVID-19. Here are a few good places to start:
We're Here to Help
TIAC has compiled a list of relevant and official information sources, mental health resources, as well as government updates and useful links which can be found here:
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support:
We recognize the significant strain that COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
Email Updates Archived
New information is being shared at a rapid pace and we know it can be overwhelming. If you think you may have missed something, head over here to see all the communications that TIAC released so far:
Together we will get through this.