Saskatchewan Announces Temporary Wage Supplement for Essential Workers Supporting Vulnerable Citizens

On April 30, 2020 the government of Saskatchewan announced a $400 per month temporary wage supplement to help workers providing support to vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $400 flat rate benefit will be available for up to sixteen weeks, between March 4, 2020 and July 4, 2020, for each eligible worker. The supplement will be cost-shared with the Federal Government at an estimated total cost of $56 million.

To be eligible for the new supplement, the worker must earn less than $2,500 a month and be employed at one of the following:

  • Senior care facilities, including private care homes and home care;
  • Licensed childcare facilities;
  • Group homes run by community-based organizations; or
  • Emergency shelters.

Full-time and part-time caregivers, cooks and cleaners , employed at facilities which meet the specified criteria will be eligible for the temporary wage supplement.

For more information and details concerning the Temporary Wage Supplement please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Saskatchewan labour and employment group.