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Government Supports

Federal and provincial governments across the country have responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic by providing resources, tools and relief for those affected. Examples include emergency child care services, financial supports and online tools to help Canadians cope during this difficult time. Click below to find out what is available to you and your family.

 

The government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to support workers and help businesses keep their employees. This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month, for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result to COVID-19. 

  • The CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, and working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.
  • Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19 would also qualify for CERB.
  • All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI eligible or not, will be able to receive the CERB.
  • CERB payments will begin to be received within 10 days of application, which is expected to become available early April. 

Additional measures to support Canadians, under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, include:

  • Temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments to provide additional assistance to families with children.
  • Special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit to provide additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes.
  • A pause on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all borrowers currently in repayment, for a six month moratorium.
  • Providing eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months.
  • Reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25% for 2020.
  • One-time funding of $500 million through the Canada Health Transfer to support provinces and territories with a COVID-19 Response Fund for their critical health care system needs and to support mitigation efforts as needed
  • Government authority to make regulations to address any future shortages of therapeutic products, including drugs and medical devices required to treat COVID-19.

The information above and more is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/the-covid-19-emergency-response-act-receives-royal-assent0.html

Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits
Effective as of March 15th 2020, the Government is temporarily waiving the following:

  • one-week waiting period for people in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits and,
  • the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits Emergency Care Benefit

The new Emergency Care Benefit will become available in April 2020 and is expected to provide income support of up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks, for:

  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits
  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.

Note, application for the Emergency Care Benefit once available will require applicants to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. 

Emergency Support Benefit
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for EI, the Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA will provide up to $5.0 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.

EI Work Sharing Program
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for EI, the Government is implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process.

Additional supports:
Income support for low and modest-income families: The Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC) The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

Income support for families with children: The Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, only for the 2019-2020 benefit year, by $300 per child as part of their May payment.

For additional information, read the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Supports for Canadians and Businesses

March 26, 2020

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required, under the public health order, to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if recently returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they have a COVID-19 symptom (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat) that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

More at: https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx#toc-0

March 25, 2020

The Emergency Financial Assistance web page now has information on the federal and provincial supports/programs and a link to the COVID-19 page for more information.

Community and Social Services has suspended in-person service delivery in its program offices and Alberta Supports Centres. Albertans should contact 1-877-644-9992 for more information.

More at: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6991495C078D0-94B5-A5E1-368E71969C52907A

March 24, 2020

Learn more about the 90-day utility payment deferral and contact your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral.

There is a new approach to testing for COVID-19 that is being implemented in Alberta in order to help prioritize groups at highest risk of local exposure and at-risk populations.

More options for virtual patient care are underway as new temporary billing codes are being added so that physicians are compensated for providing virtual care. In-person physician and specialist care will continue. Virtual services will be offered by physicians and specialists where appropriate. 

The provincial government has made three additional decisions to provide financial relief for employers and Albertans:

  • Immediately cancel the decision made in Budget 2020 and will freeze education property taxes at last year’s level.
  • Defer education property tax for businesses for six months, effective immediately. 
  • Work Compensation Board (WCB) premiums deferral for private sector businesses and paying 50% of small and medium businesses WCB premiums.

More at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

March 23, 2020

Previously announced, upcoming expiry dates for Alberta drivers’ licences, identification cards, vehicle registrations, other permits and certificates have been extended until May 15. As of March 20, all commercial and passenger road tests have been suspended for at least 4 weeks.

As of March 21, the government urged all Albertans to act with consideration and caution in light of there being many complaints related to consumer exploitation resulting from COVID-19, such as retail outlet stores raising prices for high-demand products, and private individuals purchasing mass quantities of supplies and reselling them at an inflated price. The Consumer Protection Act prevents suppliers from grossly raising prices with no explanation beyond what is reasonable for goods that are readily available.

All licensed child care facilities (daycare, out-of-school care and preschool programs) in Alberta are closed at this time. Select licensed child care centres will begin reopening to provide child care for core service workers. All classes in K to 12 schools are cancelled until further notice.

March 20, 2020

Financial relief measures for affected Albertans include:

  • Emergency isolation support: a one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole care-giver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
  • Utility payment deferral: residential customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off. Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments
  • Student loans repayment deferral: Alberta Student Loan repayments will be paused for 6 months, beginning March 30, 2020. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
  • Banks and credit unions: supports are available for ATB financial customers and Alberta Credit Union members. https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

 More at: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=698455D70096B-DF57-A62A-778266237F3241C8

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

The province of British Columbia is introducing a new temporary rental supplement of $500 a month for people with low to moderate incomes facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs. The funds will be paid directly to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf.

More at: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0048-000561

March 25, 2020

Testing is available for all who need it but not everyone requires a test. Those who have severe illness, require hospitalization, are residents of long-term care facilities or are health-care workers will continue to be tested. 

If COVID-19 symptoms appear, call your health-care provider, call 811 for guidance or check your symptoms online or download a new self-assessment app.

Non-essential travel advisory from B.C. Ferries

B.C. Parks are moving to close certain parks and recreation areas.

March 24, 2020

In addition to previous updates:

  • The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers provides a one-time $1,000 payment for people who lost income.
  • At this time, employers must excuse workers for sickness without requiring a doctor’s note.
  • B.C. Hydro customers can defer payments or access grants to help pay their hydro bills.
  • Temporary emergency funding is available for child care centres.
  • K-12 and post-secondary in-person learning remains suspended.
  • B.C. student loan payments are frozen for six months until September 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest.

More online

March 23, 2020

The declared state of emergency from March 18th is ongoing and the government has since limited restaurants to take-out and delivery options only. The provincial health officer has ordered personal service establishments (nail salons, health spas and massage parlours, etc.) closed until further notice as these services require direct, personal contact with other people.

The BC government announced support and relief for the province’s most vulnerable population and those living in BC housing. Initial actions include:

  • a ban on evictions for non-payment of rent in BC Housing-funded buildings;
  • the development of distinct protocols and identification of sites to support isolation for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness – sheltered or unsheltered – and those in private single room occupancy (SROs) and social housing buildings;
  • sustaining service providers through continued payments to ensure they can pay their staff and operating costs; and
  • centralized procurement for critical supplies needed by frontline providers, including gloves and cleaning products.

Previously announced, the B.C. government waived the Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage wait period for people moving back to B.C. from COVID-19 impacted areas. The B.C. government is also planning to provide health coverage to British Columbians who are out of province and unable to return.  

There are resources available for managing COIVD-19 related stress, anxiety and depression.

More at: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0102-000540

March 20, 2020

The government declared a state of emergency on March 18, 2020 which is initially in effect for 14 days and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

A website dedicated to COVID-19 has been created. This site includes a section for questions about work for employees and employers, and covers topics such as:

More at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/case-counts-press-statements

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

Manitobans are reminded that pharmacies have been asked to limit individuals to a 30-day supply of medication.

The province is reaching out to businesses and their employees for products and their supplies to help fight COVID-19.

More at: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47257&posted=2020-03-25

March 25, 2020

The Manitoba government will postpone eviction hearings and freeze rent increases. Rent increases scheduled to take effect on April 1 or later will be suspended. Measures to suspend non-urgent eviction hearings are in place until May 31 and will be monitored to determine if additional adjustments are required.

More at: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47219&posted=2020-03-24

March 24, 2020

The province of Manitoba has launched an online tool to safely connect volunteers with Manitobans needing assistance with goods and services such as groceries, medication, snow-clearing and various necessities. Manitobans can access www.HelpNextDoorMB.ca directly or via www.Manitoba.ca/COVID19.

More at: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47197

March 23, 2020

The government of Manitoba has declared a state of emergency. At this time, the public health orders apply to public places, not workplaces. However, workplaces are encouraged to still follow the social distancing practices recommended by public health authorities.

The online screening tool for COVID-19 is now available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format. The tool asks callers standard screening questions for COVID-19 and will direct those who may need a conversation with a health-care professional to Health Links-Info Santé. People who want to self-screen can call 1-877-308-9038.

March 20, 2020 

The Government of Manitoba has new programs in place to help ensure child care options are available to parents who are also front-line, essential workers during the COVID-19 response. 

The new programs include:

  • a new grant program to help early childhood educators begin independently offering child care services at their homes or in the community;
  • full operating grants and subsidies to licensed child care centres that continue to provide care for up to 16 children, with first priority given to children of health care and other essential workers; and
  • capital grants to child care providers to ensure safe, quality care. 

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

The provincial government has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to support all residents and visitors in New Brunswick affected by the requirement of self-isolation, by establishing a help line specific to them. People who have issues or concerns should call 1-800-863-6582.

More at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0155.html

March 25 2020

The provincial government will provide a one-time income benefit of $900 to either workers or self-employed people in New Brunswick who have lost their job due to the state of emergency. This benefit will be administered through the Red Cross. Further details on how to apply will follow in the coming days.

More at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0152.html

March 24, 2020

The requirement to self-isolate following international and inter-provincial travel remains in place. Likewise, staying home and practicing social distancing remains strongly encouraged. 

A toll-free information line and email address has been set up to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The line is operational seven days a week from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

Tel: 1-844-462-8387

Email: helpaide@gnb.ca 
More at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0150.html 

March 23, 2020

For the duration of the state of emergency, patients with drug coverage under the New Brunswick’s public drug plans will only be responsible for the initial co-payment on a prescription fill or refill. For example, a patient with a 90-day prescription will only have a co-payment for the first 30-day fill. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0147.html

The government of New Brunswick is working to minimize the financial impacts that child care facility closures are having on parents. The Education and Early Childhood Development department has committed to covering the fees of anyone who has lost their income due to COVID-19. Additionally, essential service workers will not have to pay double fees for their child care services, in other words, those paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities will not pay for the emergency child care facilities. 

People returning to New Brunswick from international travel are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

More at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news.html

March 19, 2020

The government declared a state of emergency in New Brunswick under the provincial Emergency Measures Act. Part of the emergency declaration will suspend the authority of landlords to evict tenants for non-payment of rent through May 31st 2020.  

This declaration gives the province broad powers to act in the interest of public health including reducing many non-essential businesses to online or having them close, closure of schools, universities and colleges and the closure of public recreation and entertainment spaces.

More at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0139.html

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

Effective as of March 26, 2020, the Department of Transportation and Works is implementing new restrictions for passengers travelling on provincial ferries.

The provincial government is working with community partners to assist in providing food to residents experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19.

March 25, 2020

Premier Ball announced support for community-based organizations.

March 24, 2020

The requirement to self-isolate following international and inter-provincial travel remains in place.

The provincial government is asking that seniors, persons with disabilities that may affect their immunity, and organizations serving both seniors and persons with disabilities consider ways to support social distancing.

Effective as of March 23, long-term care homes are closed to all visitors. This directive will be reviewed on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Self-Assessment: https://www.811healthline.ca/covid-19-self-assessment/  

More at: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

March 23 2020

Anyone arriving to the province from outside Newfoundland and Labrador on or after March 20, 2020 is required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival.

An Exemption Order and a Special Measures Order were released over the weekend.

March 20, 2020

Effective since March 18, 2020 the Government declared COVID-19 a public health emergency which resulted in the closing of many facilities (cinemas, arenas, performance spaces, gyms and fitness facilities, etc.). Restaurants are permitted to operate at 50% capacity amongst other restrictions. A person found in breach of these orders could face a fine or jail time. 

March 26, 2020

Measures previous announced include:

  • Increased testing of COVID-19 (now also testing close contacts of those affected)
  • Expanding virtual care for physicians, nurse practitioners and others so they can offer appointments to patients through telephone or video
  • Enhanced infection control measures at hospitals

More at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200324003

March 25, 2020

For up-to-date information on provincial government offices and facilities closures, view the official closures page

March 24, 2020

The recent declaration of state of emergency was part of the province’s response to individuals failing to follow the direction of public health officials. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. Under this state of emergency, breaching of self-isolation and social distancing measures could result in fines by the police.

More info at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts

March 23, 2020

On March 22, 2020 the province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency which will be in effect for 14 days (valid until noon on April 5, 2020) and may be renewed. This calls for Nova Scotians to not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services.

Public schools are closed for the weeks of March 23, 2020 and March 30, 2020, and licensed childcare providers are required to close until April 3, 2020.

March 20, 2020

The Government announced that effective immediately for the next three months, no tenant can be evicted due to their income being impacted by COVID-19. 

The province has made the following announcements to help vulnerable Nova Scotians:

  • Every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting March 20. (People do not need to apply)
  • $1 million to help Feed Nova Scotia purchase food and hire more staff
  • Emergency funding of $230,000 for Senior Safety Programs and Community Links to help vulnerable older adults

As of March 19th, restaurants are restricted to take-out and delivery orders, personal services (hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments) must close, all fitness establishments must close, and all drinking establishments (winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) must close.

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

On March 25, 2020 the Finance Minister Rod Phillips released information on Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 which will include the following measures:

  • Providing a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs to help families pay for extra costs associated with school (private schools included) and daycare closures during COVID-19 
  • Proposing to double the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAIS) payment for low-income seniors for six months
  • Supporting more affordable electricity bills
  • Cutting taxes through a proposed temporary increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption
  • Providing emergency child care options to support parents working on the front lines
  • Expanding access to the emergency assistance program administered by Ontario Works to provide financial support to people facing economic hardship and help people meet basic needs such as food and rent during this public health emergency

More at: https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/03/ontarios-action-plan-responding-to-covid-19.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=o

March 25, 2020

The government is providing electricity relief to families, small businesses and farms during COVID-19. For a 45-day period, the government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates.  

Stop the Spread Business Information Line: The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses that have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces. 

March 24, 2020

More at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-7

March 23, 2020

  • Premier Doug Ford has ordered closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario effective Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 PM
  • Ontario government to open child care centres for frontline workers including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police and correctional officers
  • Updated list of affected city services & facilities in Toronto 
  • Ontario health minister says the province is asking doctors and pharmacists not to re-fill prescriptions for more than 30 days to prevent drug shortages during the pandemic. The government says doctors and pharmacists will be allowed to use their own discretion if they believe a patient requires more than a 30 day supply

More at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-14

March 20, 2020

The Government of Ontario has a self-assessment for those who think they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  In addition, the Ontario Government has taken the following measures to help Ontarians deal with COVID-19. The province has:

  • Committed to waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.
    •  Job-protected leave for employees who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives. 
    • Clarity that employees cannot be required to show sick notes.

In addition, the Government of Ontario has introduced:

  • The first phase of Learn at Home, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
  • Extension of the validity period of driving products, services and health cards.

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

Islanders are urged to continue to self-isolate and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/prince-edward-island-tightens-restrictions-on-self-isolating

March 25, 2020

The province has partnered with Sobeys Inc. to put in place the Employee Gift Card Program which is a temporary program that will offer a $100 Sobeys gift card to any employee, living and working on P.E.I., who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with COVID-19. The application forms will be open on March 25, 2020 and need to be completed by the employer, who will then distribute the cards to affected employees.

More at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/province-announces-additional-supports-for-individuals-and-families

March 24, 2020

The requirement to self-isolate following international and inter-provincial travel remains in place. Likewise, staying home and practicing social distancing remains strongly encouraged. 

The province will enforce stronger measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Islanders as needed, including measures such as fines to anyone who is not complying with the direction to self-isolate.

More at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/new-provincial-measures-protect-islanders

March 23, 2020

All non-essential provincial government services have been halted. There are several public closures and some health PEI facilities are closed to visitors. 

Emergency child services will be available to essential workers who have no other alternatives during this pandemic.

More at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19

March 20, 2020

The Government announced new financial supports such as:

  • deferring all scheduled loan payments for clients of Finance PEI, Island Investment Development Inc., and the PEI Century Fund for the next 3 months;
  • providing $4.5 million to Community Business Development Corporations across the province to deliver financing to small business and entrepreneurs; and 
  • a temporary allowance of $200 per week for anyone who has experienced a significant drop in their working hours.

Emergency Child Care Services are exclusively available for children of essential service workers who have no further alternatives.

 

 

 

March 26, 2020

As of March 25, 2020 and until April 13, 2020, the government has ordered the minimization of all non-priority services and activities. A list of priority services and activities has been made public and will be updated periodically. 

More at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

March 25, 2020

To help with the upcoming labour shortages, the agricultural community and certain government departments are considering recruiting unemployed workers in hotel and restaurant industries, as well as students. 

More at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

  • All non-essential businesses are to be closed effective Tuesday at 11:59 PM until May 1st. Likewise, schools will be closed until May 1st and provincial exams will not happen this year.
  • Quebec government has banned all gatherings of more than two people and told residents not to travel within the province.
  • Hydro-Quebec will not charge late payment fees for those who cannot pay their bills. 
  • Changes have been made to Montreal street parking, extending signs that indicate there is no parking after April 1st  to May 1st 
  • Montreal has a new COVID-19 testing site opening March 23, 2020 at Place des Festivals, open to patients 7 days a week from 8AM-8PM.
    • The service is available if you meet one of the following criteria: 
      • You have a cough, fever or trouble breathing. 
      • You have come in contact with a person who has recently travelled and is experiencing one or more of those symptoms. 
      • You have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
      • You returned from a trip outside the country after March 1 and have experienced symptoms within the last 14 days.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/covid-19-coronavirus-montreal-march-23-1.5506434

March 20, 2020

Temporary Aid for Workers Program: Starting March 19, 2020 eligible workers who reside in Quebec will be able to apply to receive $573 per week, for a period of 14 days of isolation, with a possible extension to a maximum of 28 days if justified by your state of health.

 

March 26, 2020

The government is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of ten people. Additionally, a list of critical public services and allowable business services has been created to inform the business community of which businesses can continue to operate in accordance with social distancing practices. All changes are effective as of March 26, 2020.

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is launching a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general (non health specific) questions about COVID-19.

March 25, 2020

Residents in Saskatchewan are strongly urged to abide by the restrictions, guidelines and orders enacted by the Government of Saskatchewan to help slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is expanding capacity to meet demand for future phases of COVID-19.

March 24, 2020

An information webpage specific to businesses was developed for access to information and timely updates on provincial and federal measures. 

Effective as of March 23, restaurants and similar facilities, recreational and entertainment facilities, personal service facilities and other non-essential services are closed or limited.

The requirement to self-isolate following international and inter-provincial travel remains in place. Likewise, staying home and practicing social distancing remains strongly encouraged.

The government has launched a Business Response Team to support businesses in the province dealing with the economic challenges resulting from COVID-19.

More at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

March 23, 2020

  • The Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) in Regina now has the ability to do confirmatory testing for COVID-19
  •  The closure of restaurants, food courts, cafeterias, cafes, bistros and similar facilities, except for takeout with two metre distancing between customers during pick-up; drive through food services; delivery of food products; soup kitchens, not-for-profit community and religious kitchens with two metre distancing between tables.
  • The closure of all recreational and entertainment facilities including fitness centers, casinos, bingo halls, arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools, galleries, theatres, museums and similar facilities.
  • The closure of all personal service facilities such as hairdressers, barbers, acupuncturists, cosmetologists, relaxation masseuses, manicurists, pedicurists, etc., in which body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services and personal service facilities including massage therapists, except where urgently and medically necessary.
  • The closure of dental, optometrist, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and podiatry clinics except for non-elective procedures.
  • All daycare facilities are limited to maximum of eight children unless they can configure the facility so that a maximum of eight children are kept in room and be in accordance with the Saskatchewan child care guidelines for care.
  • All daycares that are co-located with a long term care or personal care home that meet the above restriction shall be provided with a private entrance so that there are no shared common areas with the home and no interaction between daycare children and residents of the facility.

More at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/21/covid-19-update-march-21

March 20, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Government of Saskatchewan is re-purposing child care facilities in schools to provide child care services to support staff in health care and other employees who are delivering services related to the COVID-19 response. 

More at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/20/covid-19-update-child-care-options 

Updated: March 26, 2020