Resources and Updates
IMPORTANT LINKS TO NOTE:
Information and Planning Sources
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 MAY 26th, 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. Access will be focused on autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings. FULL INFORMATION HERE.
More information regarding camping will be made available over time. Please visit pc.gc.ca frequently for information and updates.
INFORMATION FOR CABIN AND COTTAGE OWNERS:
UPDATE ON COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT
Waskesiu Townsite Information - Updated May 25, 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.
The following information is specific to the Waskesiu Townsite.
Since there is a reduction in services in the park and townsite, will an abatement and/or deferral for residential leases be considered?
Land rents for cottage and cabin owners are not based on the availability of services, but for the exclusive right of access and enjoyment of the piece of land being leased (or held under license). Cottage and cabin owners may access their leased or licensed premises, should they desire to do so.
Is potable water available in Waskesiu?
Potable water is available at a tap outside of the Spruce Ridge Trailer Park washroom.
Is the marina open?
Yes, however motorized and non-motorized use on the water bodies in the park is currently restricted to May 31 in line with the national direction restricting motorized access in national parks.
I live near Waskesiu and pick up my mail from the post boxes in town. Can I still access the mailboxes?
Yes, the Canada Post mailboxes are accessible to mailbox owners.
Can I still get a building permit, business license or other paperwork related to my lease?
Townsite staff are monitoring telephone and e-mail messages from home. Leaseholders can expect some delays in obtaining permits or other documentation. All efforts are being made to complete these types of transactions in a timely manner. Please contact the following staff for:
Cabin area and Business Licence inquiries:
Paulette Hodgson (306) 663-4520
Cottage and Commercial development and all lease inquiries:
Coralee Foster (306) 663-4518
Gregg Rutten (306) 663-4519.
How do I make a payment for Parks Canada invoices?
Payment can be made:
Via credit card at (306) 663-4522; Daily 8 am to 4 pm
By mail: Prince Albert National Park, Box 100, Waskesiu Lake, SK S0J 2Y0.
I have a leasehold in Waskesiu. Can my contractor come into the park to carry out work? Contractors with a valid national park business license are currently allowed access to carry out work in Waskesiu.
Do I need to self-isolate at my cottage in Waskesiu if I am coming from out of province?
It is recommended that Canadians follow the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please self-isolate at your primary residence if you are returning from international travel or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing). There are currently no requirements in Saskatchewan for people travelling from other provinces to self-isolate upon arrival.
What considerations are being made to water/sewer/garbage/capital recovery invoices?
Parks Canada continues to evaluate actions to support residents and commercial businesses within townsites. No decision has been made with regards to townsite services, including capital improvement projects, at this time. More information will be shared if it becomes available.
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.
Parks Canada is calling on Canadians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home. The agency is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas until further notice. Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations. Information is also available on the Parks Canada website.
Prince Albert National Park is closed to visitors. Effective Monday, March 30, Hwy 263 from the South Gate to Narrows Road (including all visitor facilities along this road) will be closed.
Highway 264 to the townsite of Waskesiu (main park access) remains open. All visitor facilities such as playgrounds, trails, trailheads, washrooms and shower facilities, Visitor Centre, campgrounds and day-use facilities are closed.
Confirmed by Prime Minister Trudeau on April 15th:
· Individuals making $1000 or less ARE NOW ELIGIBLE for the CERB. This information has not yet been updated on the official government site: http://canada.ca/covid19. More details to come.
· Individuals who are facing financial difficulty should apply immediately for the federal CERB.
· You may make up to $1000 and still be eligible for the CERB. (More details to come).
We strongly recommend that you set up a registered CRA account if you have not done so already.
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:
Increased Wage Subsidy to 75% for qualifying businesses
· The government’s previously announced wage subsidy of 10% will be replaced by a wage subsidy of 75%, helping tourism businesses keep employees on payroll and position the industry for recovery once this health crisis is over.
· Eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales. Further details regarding eligibility will be shared by the government shortly.
· This subsidy will be available to small and medium businesses for up to three months and retroactive until March 15, 2020, allowing tourism businesses to potentially re-hire laid off staff.
New 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.
from Tourism Industry Association of Canada
In more news, the Prime Minister announced several positive measures to help Canadian businesses in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis. First and foremost, we are pleased that the federal government is responding to measures put forward in our joint proposal with Restaurants Canada and the Hotel Association of Canada over the past week and following our many discussions with government officials and politicians calling for immediate action. Our key recommendations were included in the announcement with some modifications. The measures include deferred GST/HST payments until June, increased liquidity access and a 75% wage subsidy. Portals will open April 6th 2020. It is important to note that these measures are on par with relief packages from other countries.
from Tourism Saskatchewan
Update event details on TourismSaskatchewan.com
Tourism Saskatchewan understands that event organizers across the province are in a difficult position. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement and rescheduling of many events; others have been cancelled altogether. At this time of great uncertainty, it is important to ensure that accurate information is listed on TourismSaskatchewan.com. Email updates about your event to email@example.com. Include the event name and indicate if it is cancelled or postponed in 2020. If postponed, included the anticipated date.
Follow COVID-19 updates on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com
Tourism operators and businesses are encouraged to follow updates posted on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com. A new section created specifically for COVID-19 new features relevant links, details and resources to assist industry. The page features a comprehensive list of official sources and responses relating to COVID-19. Sources include Destination Canada, TIAC, Tourism HR Canada, Hotel Association of Canada, Restaurants Canada and others.
Submit your questions to Tourism Saskatchewan
Tourism Saskatchewan welcomes inquiries from the industry. The information helps provincial and federal governments respond effectively to the tourism industry’s needs during this unprecedented time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns relating to COVID-19.
A Q & A summary is posted on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com and updated regularly. The summary provides a concise update on a range of topics.
Tools & Resources to Help Businesses Navigate
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:
Online tools and webinars available
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. Tourism Saskatchewan provides links to relevant webinars and replays on its COVID-19 section on Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com. Here are some upcoming or recently offered sessions:
Tourism HR Canada – FREE Online emerit Training - Frontline, Supervisory, and Managerial
Destination Canada – COVID-19 industry webinars
Destinations International – Industry Update COVID-19 Webinar; Weekly Webinars - Registration Page
Service Hospitality – Free webinar series, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Service Hospitality – COVID-19 Guide for the Restaurant Services Industry
Restaurants Canada Free Webinar – COVID-19 HR & Employment Information for Foodservice
Conference Board of Canada – Upcoming webinars and daily updates
Business Development Bank of Canada – How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on Your Business
Tourism HR Canada offers free emerit courses
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.
The free modules can assist with ongoing training needs. They provide people whose jobs have been adversely affected by COVID-19 an opportunity to enhance or learn additional skills.
Access your free emerit courses.
Together we will get through this.