COVID-19

Please check the links below for information about government support for business, community resources, and health updates.
 
 
 
 
COVID-19: Information for small businesses
 
With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, small business owners are facing numerous challenges and may have questions about how to help their employees through these difficult times. 
 
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced measures to support Saskatchewan businesses and workers. These include:
  • Provincial Sales Tax relief from penalty and interest charges
  • Crown utilities bill-deferral programs
  • Self-Isolation Support Program

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On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help stabilize the economy. These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
 

 

Additional federal support for businesses and their employees:

 
Assistance for tourism operators, small businesses or organizations
Tourism operators, small businesses or other organizations affected by COVID-19 who need assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) such as Western Economic Diversification Canada, could assist you with access to federal funding and services.
 
 
AAFC is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its effect on the Canadian agricultural industry.
 
 
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Saskatchewan community resources
 
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Health information
 
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COVID-19: Call to Action
Can your business manufacture or supply products and services in support of Canada's response to COVID-19? 
See below for areas where you may be able to help. 
 
Supplies and services needed: Saskatchewan
If you are a Saskatchewan business, innovator, or supplier and you think you have a solution that can help us fight COVID-19, you may direct your submission to procurement@gov.sk.ca.
 
Items like masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, and services such as security, nursing, food, laundry, accommodation maintenance and IT support are all needed. 
 
 
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Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19 
Canadian manufacturers or businesses can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies:
 
If you:
  • manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.
The Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19.
 
Please send a short summary of your offer to ic.mid-dim.ic@canada.ca.
 
 
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The National Research Council COVID-19 response
 
 
1. The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
This program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.
 
Companies with promising technology relevant to the COVID-19 challenges can register their technology or product here.
 
 
2. The Pandemic Response Challenge Program: National Research Council of Canada
This program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related. The Pandemic Response Challenge Program is currently structured around 3 main research areas:
  • Rapid detection and diagnosis
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development and
  • Digital health
 
3. Biomanufacturing capacity at Royalmount: NRC Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre
This initiative will result in a Good Manufacturing Practices platform to develop and scale up COVID-19 Canadian vaccine and therapy candidates.
 
 
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Allowable Services
The Saskatchewan government is releasing a comprehensive list of critical public services and business services that will be allowed to continue operating during the COVID-19 response and maintaining critical services to the public and industry to prevent supply chain disruption.

Download the full list (pdf)