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.
As we begin the holiday season, we take a moment to reiterate the recent provincial public health measures that took effect December 17, 2020 and the impact on the visitor experience in Prince Albert National Park.
Private, indoor gatherings - are limited to immediate household members only. This means that occupancy in enclosed kitchen shelters is limited to only one immediate household at a time. Visitors are welcome to enjoy these facilities and are encouraged to be mindful of others who may be waiting to use them.
People may meet and greet outdoors with up to 10 people only, provided physical distancing between households can be maintained.
As per the Government of Saskatchewan website, “We can still celebrate the holiday season. After a difficult year, it’s more important than ever to connect with loved ones but it must be done at a safe distance or virtually. Share time with friends and family but keep everyone safe.” Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab
For more information on the recent public health measures (December 17), or to see the Public Health Order, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.
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:
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
Learn more about the Government of Canada’s new Recovery Benefits plan HERE
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.