Community Futures Sunrise

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

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Friday, July 31 @ 8:50 am

This page will be updated regularly with trusted resources to support you and your business. If you encounter problems with any links, or have suggestions to add, please email sunrise.cfdc@sasktel.net. Thank you!


Federal Guide to Finding financial help during Covid-19


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.


What is on this page?

** NEW ** - E-Commerce Solutions - There are many different options now available to help get your business online

Webinars - a listing of various topics that may be of interest to business owners ** There may be a cost for some of these **

Resiliency & Recovery Tools - moving forward in a post pandemic world

Entrepreneurial Tools for Business Owners - a collection of programs and services

Resources for Non Profits & Charities - Information specific to the non profit sector

Funding & Information for Small Business - links to provincial and federal programs and supports

Business Resources - Templates, Legal, Payroll and Safety advice from various entities

Mental Health Supports - for businesses and individuals


RURAL REGIONAL RELIEF & RECOVERY FUND (CF RRRF) application portal. Fact Sheet

Best accessed with a tablet or computer as it is not currently optimized for use on a mobile device.

RRRF Summary

Maximum of $40,000 available for businesses located in a rural area served by one of our 13 regional offices.

Should you be in need of more than $40,000 or in an urban area not served by a CF office, please apply here through the Western Diversification stream.

Upon creating your account you will receive a confirmation email. Please check spam or junk folders if you do not receive it within a few minutes.


E-Commerce Solutions - NEW 

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.

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

Bring Me Basics - Helping local businesses and their customers

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


Webinars - Sign Up & Learn

August 5   Navigating Covid-19 - Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs to Consider - WESK / Miller Thomson

August 6   Why your business needs an online store - ShopHERE powered by Google

August 13   Introduction to Business Planning - Square One

August 13  Why your business needs an online store - ShopHERE powered by Google

August 18   Business Continuity Planning - Post Covid-19 - Bridges Health

August 18   Conexus Business Accelerator: Time Management - SK Chamber of Commerce / Conexus Business Accelerator

August 20   Why your business needs an online store - ShopHERE powered by Google

August 25   How to Start a Business in Saskatchewan - Square One

August 26   Personal Visioning and Core Values - Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre

August 27   Why your business needs an online store - ShopHERE powered by Google


Recent Updates & Announcements

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

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extended to December

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

POST Promise - People Outside Safely Together

  • 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.

Resiliency & Recovery Tools

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

Economic Resilience & Recovery - a Toolkit for Local Leaders & Economic Development from the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP), courtesy BCEDA 

Economic Resilience & Recovery Toolkit - SEDA

Economic Disaster Recovery Program - Economic Developers Alberta

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

Restore Your Economy.org - Resources for Economic Development

Institute for Sustainable Development - Helping community and business leaders tackle the complex resilience, disaster recovery, and sustainable development issues of our time.

The Entrepreneur's Continuity Checklist - a list of ideas to help you and your business better prepare, pivot and progress through these extraordinary times

Entrepreneur Toolkit - Business Development Bank of Canada

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

Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada - podcast/blog by The Financial Post 


Entrepreneurial Tools for Business Owners

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 

Online Portal to connect buyers and sellers of PPE during Covid-19 

BuyandSell.ca - Government of Canada site for Covid-19 related PPE 

Rapid Recovery Guide - Restaurants Canada

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

Google Helping Local Restaurants

London Drugs helping local small business in Western Canada


Resources specific to Non Profits & Charities

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

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.

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund - Grant Applications

 

Funding & Information for Small Business

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

 

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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.

Latest Updates from the Province

Business Response Team available 8am - 8pm Monday through Friday via Ph: (844) 800-8688 /  Email: supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

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

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

SK Small Business Emergency Payment

Financial Support Plan For Saskatchewan Employers And Employees

Health & Safety Guideline Posters - Printable posters from the SK Government

Information for Businesses & Workers

Financial & Consumer Affairs Authority of SK - Combatting Price Gouging

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


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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Agriculture & Food Business Solutions Fund - backed by Farm Credit Canada

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) - Apply by phone at 1-800-959-2019

Canada Covid-19 Self Assessment Tool & App

Futurpreneur Covering loan payments & providing top-up Loans

Income Tax Deferral & Deadline Changes

Covid-19 Response Plan - Summary of all Federal Government supports

Rapid Response Platform - As Canada's industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process

Support for Women Entrepreneurs announced

CECRA - Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

CEBA - Canada Emergency Business Account

Work Sharing Program - Employment & Social Development Canada

BCAP - Business Credit Availability Program

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) announced May 11

Purchasing Order Financing - BDC

Agri-Food Emergency Aid Package Announcement 

Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy Program - Canada Revenue Agency

E-Service for Businesses Account Sign Up / CRA My Account Sign Up for Individuals

Employment Insurance information for businesses & individuals

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

Call for proposals - Covid-19 Challenges - Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Ideas


Business Resources - Templates, Legal Information, Payroll, Safety

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) - Pandemic guidance for high risk & essential occupations and industries

Conference Board of Canada - providing Canadian leaders with the insights they need to confidently navigate the shifting realities of COVID-19

WCB Premium Relief Measures - Worker's Compensation Board of SK

Helpful Tips for employers from WorkSafe Sask

Resources for Business - SK Chamber of Commerce offers FAQs, Employee/Employer Support, Legal Guidance, etc

Policy Templates, Checklists - SK Construction Safety Association

Small Business Help Centre includes free templates for business signage - Canadian Federation of Business

FAQ Payroll & Covid-19 - Canadian Payroll Association

Resource Hub  - Miller Thomson LLP

Resource Centre - MLT Aikins

Resource Page for Businesses - KPMG

Covid-19 Business Advice Centre - MNP 


Mental Health Supports

CMHA Sask Resources (document will open in Microsoft Word)

Anxiety Canada - Coping with Covid-19

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

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides tips to responding to employee anxiety 

The Conference Board of Canada has many resources to help with coping strategies to stay mentally well

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