Business Re-Open & Recovery Resources

Page Last Updated: 2020-08-06 9:45 AM

As the Province continues to execute its Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, we know you may be looking to re-open your own business. To help guide and support you in that process we have provided the following tools and resources which are meant to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. These will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.  

Looking for programs and funding from across canada to help cope with the impact of covid-19? Click here.

 


Where can I find? 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Accessing PPE – The Government of Saskatchewan has compiled guidelines on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a non-exhaustive list of pandemic suppliers. 

  • PPE Suppliers in Saskatchewan

  • PPE through the Federal Government - If you’re an essential business and can’t get personal protective equipment for your workers through other means, you can purchase from Canada’s reserve on a cost-recovery basis.If you’re an essential business and can’t get personal protective equipment for your workers through other means, you can purchase from Canada’s reserve on a cost-recovery basis.

Marketing

  • PostMedia Local Marketing Grant Program  - Grants ranging from $500-$15,000 per month per client are available for the months of June, July and August 2020 to registered Canadian businesses, not for profit and charity organizations that operate within 100 km of the communities PostMedia serves. 
  • Digital Main St. Starter for Small Businesses - Digital Main Street has created a fantastic guide to assist with transitioning your business online.   

Re-opening Toolkit

  • BDC Business Continuity Plan & Templates for Entrepreneurs - A well designed plan will help you minimize the risk that an emergency poses to your employees, clients and suppliers, the continuity of your business operations and your bottom line. 

  • Pandemic Preparation – Due to the unpredictability of the virus, proactive planning will assist in limiting further impact. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce created a guide to support preparation for possible escalation into the future.

Labour Support:  

  • Work-sharing program - A program to help avoid layoffs due to a temporary decrease in business activity beyond an employers control. From March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021, special measures have been introduced like 76 week maximum duration, no mandatory cooling off period, and expanded eligibility standards. 

  • Workers Compensation Board Information for Employers - Most instances of COVID-19 are not work-related and do not need to be reported to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). However, there are some exceptions, and this assists employers in determining their responsibilities. 

  • Temporary Training Subsidy Program - This is available to help businesses train their employees to enhance safety protocols and adjust business models as they re-open. It will reimburse eligible private and not-for-profit employers 100% of employee training costs up to $10,000. Applications must be received on or before July 31, 2020 

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - In order to assist eligible businesses with reemploying previously laid-off workers and preventing further job loss, the Federal Government will cover up to 75% of employee wages from March 15 to August 29, 2020 

  • A Guide to Managing Remote Workers - The Harvard Business Review developed a guide on managing the challenges associated with remote work. 


Physical Distancing Guidelines  

Reopening isn’t always a one size fits all. Find specific guidelines for your sector to help get your started on reopening your business. 

Find my sector

Additional Resources  

  • BDC   - BDC has gathered tools and advice on everything from business continuity to marketing and operations, to help you not only to get through this, but also to emerge stronger. 

  • EDC - Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with federal partners and Canadian financial institutions to bring COVID-19 relief and support to Canadian businesses through the government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

  • Saskatchewan Government  - Business Response Team is available to work with businesses and identify relevant program supports at supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca or 1-844-800-8688  

  • COVID-19 – The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, Public Health Orders, and a range of other provincial information related to the pandemic can be found at the following link.  

  • EDR Business Resources  - Delivered by Economic Development Regina, Square One is a one-stop shop with easy access to helpful information and tools for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Saskatchewan. 

  • Government of Canada - Here you will find the Federal Governments COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, including the range of supports for individuals, businesses, sectors and support organizations within Canada. 

  • Western Economic Diversification – This regional development agency offers the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to Western Canadian businesses that don’t qualify for the Canada Emergency Business Account 

 


Frequently Asked Questions  

Do I need to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) for employees?  

Most workers will not require PPE for protection against the COVID-19 virus unless they are in situations similar to health care workers. Non-PPE controls should be put into place by employers as often as possible. 

Is there a limit to the number of people in my business? 

Capacity limits for reopening vary depending on size and industry. It is generally required that businesses maintain an occupancy level that allows staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of two metres, except for brief exchanges. Visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s website for specific reopening guidelines by business type.  

What public health protocols do I need to follow in order to reopen? 

 Businesses are expected to follow the recommended public health measures, including: 

  • physical distancing for staff and clients; 

  • regular cleaning and disinfection; 

  • frequent handwashing and sanitizing; 

  • use of PPE where available and appropriate; and 

  • keeping staff who demonstrate or report COVID-19 symptoms out of the workplace. 

When can my business reopen? 

The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, which was announced on April 23rd, consists of five phases.  The timing and order of the businesses and workplaces included in each phase is subject to change throughout the process based on a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors. 
 

Phase One (May 4): Re-opening previously restricted medical services, Opening of golf courses, parks and campground 

Phase Two (May 19): Re-opening retail, shopping malls and select personal care services 

  • The second phase of the plan includes the May 19 re-opening of retail businesses, shopping malls and their tenants, public & farmers markets, and select personal services that were previously not deemed allowable. 

  • The size restrictions of public and private gatherings will remain at a maximum of 10 people. 

  • A full list of retail businesses and select personal services that will be deemed allowable in phase two is included in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, along with guidance, protocols, and physical distancing measures that allowable businesses and services are required to observe. 

  • Specific guidelines for Clothing and Retail Store Operators are available. 

Phase Three (June 8): Re-opening restaurants and food services at 50% capacity, gyms and fitness centres, licensed establishments and child care facilities, re-opening remaining personal care services. 

Personal service businesses that did not open in Phase 2 are also allowed to begin providing services. 

This includes: 

  • Estheticians; 

  • Tattoo artists; 

  • Make-up applicators; 

  • Electrologists; 

  • Manicurists; 

  • Pedicurists; 

  • Sun tanning parlours; 

  • Facilities in which body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services are provided; and 

  • Other personal service facilities   

Guidance for restaurants, fitness facilities and other businesses and services opening is now available: 

Activities scheduled for the first part of Phase 4 of the plan to re-open the province can get underway, including: 

  • child and youth day camps; 

  • outdoor pools and splash pads; and 

  • outdoor sports and activities. 
     

Phase 4, Part 2 (June 29): Beginning Monday, June 29, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres and live theatres will be able to re-open.  
 

Phase 4, Part 3 (July 6-9): Indoor Pools, Rinks, Sports And The Performing Arts Can Re-Open On July 6; Casinos And Bingo Halls To Follow On July 9 

Beginning Monday, July 6, indoor pools, indoor rinks, indoor sports and activities, and the performing arts – including music, dance and theatre – will be able to re-open. The seating capacity for restaurants and licensed establishments will also increase that same day to a level that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distance. 

On Thursday, July 9, casinos and bingo halls are able to re-open for business.  

Racetracks and rodeo-related activities are targeted to resume on July 16.  Guidelines are being developed and will include guidance related to spectators.  
 

Phase Five (Date TBD): Consider lifting long-term restrictions 

 The fifth phase will be implemented following an evaluation of transmission patterns of COVID-19 and the preceding four phases, and will include the consideration of lifting long-term restrictions. 

Are there any funding opportunities? 

For a complete list of available assistance programs and resources visit the COVID-19 Business Resources page of our website. 

Need guidance or have a question about re-opening your business? Ask us anything!