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Economic Information to Support Businesses and Workers

Businesses can contact the newly launched Business Response Team by calling 1-844-800-8688, emailing supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca or, by visiting https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses.

A website has also been launched to provide information on support for workers who have had their employment impacted by the current economic situation. Workers can visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-workers for more information.

Workforce Support for Employers

The Employer Services Branch with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training offers services to employers that can assist with navigating programs designed to address labour and workforce issues. The Employer Services web page can be found at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/hire-train-and-manage-employees/information-for-businesses-during-covid-19. Please note, the web pages will be under continual development and revision as more information becomes available. In the meantime, employers can call 306-787-7428 or email employerservices@gov.sk.ca.

Examples of workforce support include:

Rapid Response Services:

Canada-Saskatchewan Rapid Response Teams are a partnership between the Labour Market Services Branch (LMS), and the Employer Services Branch (ESB) of the Ministry of Immigration and Career training, and Service Canada. Rapid Response Teams provide support services for businesses and workers affected by production slowdowns or layoffs. Depending on the exact nature of the layoff, information may be provided on the following topics:

  • A description of the Employment Insurance (EI) process for workers;
  • Training plan development for workers to gain skills and boost productivity;
  • Advice about helping workers prepare for career transitions;
  • Employment standards advice; and
  • Access to SaskJobs.ca for posting jobs and/or applying to jobs for free.
Work Sharing Program:

The federal Work Sharing (WS) Program is an adjustment program provided by Service Canada. It is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The WS program provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time. More information about the Work-Sharing Program can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html.

Other Information and Supports

Doing business differently: Tools and tips for conducting or participating in on-line interviews:

Popular platforms for on-line interviews:

In addition to the typical preparation required for interviews, some best practices for online interviews include:

  1. Ensure each party has the same platform for the on-line interview.
  2. Check your hardware and software requirements, and run a test beforehand.
  3. Understand your connection speed - upload speed is important to ensure good quality audio and video.
  4. Close any unnecessary web browser tabs and applications.
  5. Double check time zone differences, if applicable.
  6. Allow a time buffer for the duration of the interview in the event of technical difficulties.
  7. Prepare your interview space; a quiet, well-lit space with a neutral background is ideal.
  8. Avoid multitasking during the interview, and set your phone to silent.
  9. Ensure phone numbers are readily available in the event the technology fails and the interview needs to be completed by phone.

Tips during the interview:

Doing business differently: Managing remote employees:

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Doing business differently: Working as a remote employee:

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Change

Change and uncertainty can take its toll on physical and mental health. Here are some important things to keep in mind in our current environment:

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

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Communication tips during change or transition:

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