Community Futures Sunrise

11 - 3rd Street North East, Weyburn, SK - Phone: (306) 842-8803

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Wednesday, January 27

This page will be updated regularly with trusted resources to support you and your business. Please contact us with any suggestions or concerns: Thank you!

Resources for Restauranteurs

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We know your restaurant has been struggling and help is on the way!

CF Sunrise and the experts at Nail The Numbers have teamed up to develop Rural Resilience for RestauranteursThis is a three part, on-demand webinar series (with additional resources) which is absolutely free of charge to restaurant owners. 

More Restaurant Industry Supports

How to turn your side hustle into a Money Maker

Thinking of turning your hobby into your main source of income? Watch this short video to learn what is needed to start a business in Saskatchewan.

Staff at Community Futures Sunrise will walk you through the steps to follow, suggest some things to consider when contemplating your path to entrepreneurship, and provide a handy list of resources to review and use as you need.

On Demand Free Webinar

Destination Tools for Independent Businesses During a Pandemic - Jon Schallert is the only professional speaker teaching businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destinations

Webinars - Sign Up & Learn!

SK Employment Standards - Pre Recorded & Upcoming Webinars

January 28   

January 30   The Trendy Leader

February 2   Amazon: Advanced Marketing Strategies - World Trade Centre

February 3   Introduction to Exporting - WESK / STEP

February 4   How to Start a Business in SK - CF Sunrise

February 10   Supporting Others within your Means - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Programs (Learn how to support others who are experiencing a mental health concern)

February 18   How to Start a Business in SK- CF Sunrise

March 10   Goal Setting: Motivation and Commitment - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Programs 

Recent Updates & Announcements

January 7 - Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy extended to March 31, 2021. 

Canada Summer Jobs 2021 (CSJ) applications open until January 29, 2021. New/expanded criteria to adjust to pandemic effects on employers and employees.

SK Small Business Emergency Payment Program - Phase 2 - December 2020 - that have been ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations between December 1 and 31, 2020, due to a public health order

Province announces Strong Recovery Adaptation Rebate (SRAR) - Financial assistance includes a payment of up to $5,000 for 50% of total eligible business-adaptation investments made by the applicant between April 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

Canada Emergency Business Account - as of December 4, 2020 eligibility has increased to $60,000 for first time or return applicants. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - for businesses, non profit organizations or charities. Payments go directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. Eligbility period is September 27, 2020 - June 2021.

Support for small businesses through the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Canada Recovery Benefit (The CRB is for individuals who are not entitled to EI benefits)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (The CRSB is for individuals unable to work because they are ill with Covid-19, need to self isolate, or have an underlying health condition putting them at greater risk of contracting Covid-19)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (The CRCB is for individuals unable to work due to caring for child under 12 or a family member; if school, program or facility closed or unavailable due to Covid-19; or because they are sick, self isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to Covid-19)

Protecting Small Business Cybersecurity - Free cybersecurity assessment until March 31, 2021 - RiskRecon by Mastercard

Funding Opportunities for the Tourism Industry - Several programs are now available

$50,000 to support women entrepreneurs in tech - Innovation Saskatchewan & WESK

Get Found Digital Marketing Certificate - Attract customers to your local business - Canada-SK Job Grant (CSJG) may be available

Business Management Essentials - Online educational opportunity through the SK Chamber of Commerce & SK Colleges, Canada-SK Job Grant (CSJG) may be available

SK Municipalities during Covid-19: What are they doing to support businesses?  - CFIB comprehensive listing

POST Promise - People Outside (The POST Promise signifies a commitment to implement and practice the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)

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Business Response Team available 8am - 8pm Monday through Friday via Ph: (844) 800-8688 /  Email:

Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy - a short term program providing eligible employers with financial support to train employees. Deadline extended to March 31, 2021.

Re-open Saskatchewan Plan - Phases, updates, etc.

Lumeca Virtual Health Consultation tool Free for SK Residents with a valid Health Card

Covid-19 Response Plan - Summary of all SK government supports

SK Worker's Compensation Board - Information for employers on COVID-19

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Business Benefits Finder - find the right programs and services for your business whether you are starting out or have been in business for a while

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) - as of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans for eligible businesses will increase from $40,000 to $60,000.

  • Applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply for the $20,000 expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 in financing.
  • All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - for businesses, non profit organizations or charities

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Work Sharing Program - Employment & Social Development Canada

Online Service Request Form from Service Canada - temporary measure to ensure continuity of critical services

Mental Health Supports

211 Saskatchewan Emergency/Crisis Hotlines - a list of services throughout the province

SK Farm Stress Line - Support for Rural Saskatchewan - Confidential, 24 hour, free support 

HealthLine 811 - Confidential, 24 hour health, mental health & addictions advice, education and support 

CMHA Sask Resources (document will open in Microsoft Word)

Mental Health Through Covid-19 - Service Hospitality Association Presentation

Living the 90% - Coping Tools for these Times with Darci Lang

Wellness Together Canada - Mental Health and Substance Use Support provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals

Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Guideto caring for yourself and others

Worker's Compensation Board - Tools to help manage your mental health during crisis

E-Commerce Solutions

With so many options becoming available to help business owners take their business online and expand their markets, we have gathered them all together here so you can evaluate them to see what may be the best fit for your business.

How to Shift Your Brick and Mortar Business to ECommerce - Square 

Get Found Digital Marketing Workshop - Better Business Bureau, Canada Sask Job Grant & Above The Fold

Create Your Own Sask Insider App - Saskatchewan's newest resource to support shopping local

Get your Business Online Fast - with Shopify and the Government of Canada

The Entrepreneur's 2.0 Digital Marketing Tools Bundle

Pop-Up Toolkit Download - Give it a try!

Retail Re-imagined - Survey results about shopping habits

Free Online Business Toolkit - Directwest and Vendasta

Summer of Support - Six weeks of free training, tools and insight launched by Facebook to help business owners get the digital skills and information they need

Square Free Online Store or Chip & Pin contactless card reader for Canadian businesses 

Shopify Plus Enterprise Online Store - Custom design your online store with Shopify

Local Line - Take your farm, food hub or market online

Free E-Bay online shop - Free offer for Canadian small businesses

Shopify Point of Sale: Rebuilt for Today's Retail Experience - Free Until October 31

Free eBook: Social Media - Harness the power of social media for your business

Entrepreneurial Tools for Business Owners

SMEDCO Covid Business Fund - SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation

Federal Guide to Finding financial help during Covid-19

Canadian Federation of Independent Business - Business Help Line (for members and non-members)

Supports for Canadian Businesses - a comprehensive, up to date compliation of federal and provincial government support measures for businesses. - Created by the BDC

Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant - up to $10,000 to help train your employees

Postmedia Local Marketing Grant Program - another way to strengthen our communities and help boost economic growth, one business at a time

Guide to Online Meetings - Cooperatives First

Golden West Business Resource Listings

SREDA Go Money Grants Program - grants of up to $5,000 to promising small business owners launching fresh ideas

Facebook Small Business Resource Hub - Programs and products designed for businesses 

Roadmap to Recovery - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce lays out nine policy areas and specific measures to help ensure a lasting recovery

Covid-19 Cash Flow Workbook - a handy tool to capture all of your business and personal information and take control of your situation. (link opens an Excel file)

Work Integrated Learning - Digital Wage Subsidy Program for employers

Protecting Small Business Cybersecurity - Free cybersecurity assessments provided by RiskRecon "My Cyber Risk" until December 31, 2020

Business Re-Opening Toolkit - Canadian Business Resilience Network. Call 1-866-989-1080 from 8am - 8pm ET for help. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce partners with Salesforce to offer $10K lifeline

Innovations That Matter - SpringWise has curated a database of over 10,000 innovations. Browse by Category, Country, Covid or non Covid, Sector, Business Model, etc.

AnyCard - Made in SK option for purchasing gift cards 

Shopify Capital launches in Canada to provide small business loans to merchants

Resiliency & Recovery Tools

Rapid Response Platform - automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process

Exploring Opportunity Workshop - a workshop for Community Leaders & Builders - Co-operatives First

Road to Retail Recovery Playbook - Retail Council of Canada

Business Continuity Management Resources - SK Emergency Planners Association

Business Continuity Plan & Templates for Entrepreneurs - BDC

Steps to Planning your Emergency & Disaster Plan - BDC

Energizing Entrepreneurs: Charting a Course for Rural Communities - e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Canadian Business Resilience Network  - Government of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

Entrepreneur Toolkit - Business Development Bank of Canada

Leadership in Times of Crisis - 13 Ways (There's Always a Way) 

Resources specific to Non Profits & Charities

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - for businesses, non profit organizations or charities

Funding for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities to access professional services to maintain or re-open their business. Contact Susan Bater

Fall schedule of webinars - The Learning Institute - Community Foundations of Canada

Local Food Infrastructure Fund - Grant funding to help improve access to food for people experiencing food insecurity because of Covid-19

I Want To Help - Govt of Canada service opportunity program. Students can obtain the Canada Student Service Grant in recognition of their service.

Community Grant Program - Community Initiatives Fund

TechSoup Canada - Donated software, hardware and technology resources for Canadian charities, nonprofits and libraries.

DocuSign for Non Profits - Preferred pricing for all plans

Funding For Non Profits - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Resource Listing - Sask NonProfit

Free Professional Business Advisory Service - Canadian Business Resilience Network

SK Non-Profit Corporations Act Amendments - Minister of Justice & Attorney General

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund - Grant Applications