Community Futures Sunrise

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

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Monday, October 19

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 is struggling and now 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.

Webinars - Sign Up & Learn - Free of Charge!

SK Employment Standards - Pre Recorded & Upcoming Webinars

Small Business Week Webinars & Virtual Workshops

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Forging the way forward with BDC Small Business Week. An annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) has organized for over 40 years. 


Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21   

Thursday, October 22

Friday, October 23

October 26   Helping SMBs build Business Resilience with Agility - Enterprise Toronto

October 27   

October 28

October 29

November 4   

November 5   Digital Presence Series: Social Media - World Trade Centre / Tech Manitoba / TMD Marketing

November 16   Grab Your Slice: How to access federal support for your business - SK Chamber of Commerce / MNP

November 18   

November 19   

November 26   Grab Your Slice: How to access federal support for your business - SK Chamber of Commerce / MNP

December 3   Digital Presence Series: Monitoring Success - World Trade Centre / Tech Manitoba / TMD Marketing

Recent Updates & Announcements

NEW - Charities and Non Profits - UPDATE - The final installment has been released. Applications accepted until October 30th at 4:00 pm.  Emergency Community Support Fund - a $350 million fund established to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during these times. This handy guide will help you determine where to apply. 

NEW - New Pandemic Relief Benefits for Employed or Self-Employed Individuals

  • 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 Coid-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)

NEW - Protecting Small Business Cybersecurity - Free cybersecurity assessment until December 31, 2020 - RiskRecon by Mastercard

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

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

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund - a limited amount of awards of up to $5,000 are available. Applications open August 31 @ 1:00 pm EDT

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

$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.)

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

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

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

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

UPDATE - The final installment has been released. Applications accepted until October 30th at 4:00 pm.  Emergency Community Support Fund - a $350 million fund established to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during these times. This handy guide will help you determine where to apply. 

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 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

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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

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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Emergency Processing Fund

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

CECRA - Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

CEBA - Canada Emergency Business Account

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

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