Town of Shaunavon

Updated April 1, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

FOR RESIDENTS 

April 1, 2020: News Releases
Self-Isolation Information Sheet

Mandatory Isolation Means Stay Home.


March 26, 2020: News Releases

A Message From Mayor Grant Greenslade and Shaunavon Town Council _ March 26

Government Clarifies Allowable Business Services, LImits Gatherings to 10 Person Maximum

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Saskatchewan is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of ten people.  Additionally, clarity is being provided to Saskatchewan businesses surrounding the operations of allowable business services, in consultation with the Chief Medical Health Officer.  A list of critical public services and allowable business services has been created to inform the business community of which businesses can continue to operate in accordance with social distancing practices.  All changes are effective March 26, 2020.

March 20, 2020: News Releases
A message from Mayor Grant Greenslade and Shaunavon Town Council

Shaunavon RCMP COVID-19 Update


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The Town of Shaunavon would like to advise citizens that, in order to prevent the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect residents and staff, it is taking the following precautions:

TOWN FACILITIES:
All Town operated recreation / leisure facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, effective immediately. This applies to:
• Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre
• Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre
• Chinook Regional Library - Shaunavon Branch

TOWN HALL:
Town Hall will continue to operate; however, will be open to the public by appointment only.
If you would like to book an appointment, call: 306.297.2605 or email shaunavon@sasktel.net

If you need to deliver something to Town Hall, we ask that you please use one of the following methods:
1. Drop box in the back of Town Hall (We will be checking it frequently)
2. Mail to: Town of Shaunavon / Box 820 / Shaunavon, SK / S0N 2M0
3. E-transfer outstanding payments to shaunavon@sasktel.net

TO MAKE PAYMENTS: View


TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS:

The Regular Town Council meeting has been reinstated for Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 7:30pm. Participants may dial in using the following numbers:

+1 778 907 2071

+1 438 809 7799

+1 587 328 1099

+1 647 347 4685

+1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 829-903-477

Meeting Password: 329535

ESSENTIAL SERVICES:
The Town of Shaunavon's essential services will remain fully operational to the best of our ability.

TAXATION:
The Town of Shaunavon has decided as a measure of assisting its residents and businesses that they have extended the 4% discount on early payment of 2020 tax levy until September 30, 2020. Additionally, the Town will be waiving all Tax Penalties on payments made on the 2020 Tax Levy from October through to December 31st.

COVID-19 INFORMATION & PUBLIC SERVICES

Government of Saskatchewan's COVID-19 Updates

811 – Healthline
Like most respiratory illnesses, most people with common coronavirus illness will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can and should be treated. If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, call HealthLine at 811. If HealthLine 811 recommends you seek acute care, they will provide instruction to call ahead.

Self-Assessment Tool
Use this self-assessment tool to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else, if they are not able. Please note: You do not need to be tested for COVID-19 if in the past 14 days you have not traveled outside Canada or had contact with someone diagnosed as having COVID-19.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Call 1-800-461-5483 

211 Saskatchewan
This is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text or web chat, plus a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province. 

Business Assistance Information

BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In reposnse to the current COVID-19 outbreak the Economic Development Committee is actively researching grant options and support programs for our business community to try to alleviate the economic hardships during this time. We will continue to update both our Facebook page as well as this page with details as they are avaliable to us. 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

Canada Economic Response Plan
Full details of this plan can be found here: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Temporary Business Wage Subsidy
- The Governmentt of Canada announced an up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. Businesses of all sizes are eligible as long as they can show a decrease in business revenue of 30% or now. See HERE for full details

Extending the Work-Sharing Program - Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. Apply to the Work-Sharing Program

Extra time to file income tax returns - Deferring the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals. For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.
Will allow any new income tax balances due, or instalments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
- Workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
- Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care   because of school and daycare closures.
- Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
- Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance. Application portal opens APRIL 6TH - See full details & Apply HERE

Applicants will need to re-attest every two weeks, and applications for the Benefit will be available in early April 2020 through three channels: CRA MyAccount secure portal, My Service Canada Account or an automated telephone application process.
Register for My Account

Mortgage support
Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship as a result should contact their financial institution regarding flexibility for a mortgage deferral. 

BANK & MORTGAGE LENDERS PHONE NUMBER LIST

The following is a list of numbers for Canadian Financial Institutions and Mortgage Lenders to phone for inquires on mortgage deferrals, credit payment deferrals, car loan payments etc.

MCAP: 1-800-265-2624
For information on skipping mortgage payments please email: service@mcap.com
Home Trust: 1-855-270-3630
Manulife: 1-877-765-2265
Merix: 1-877-637-7881
Marathon Mortgages: 1-855-503-6060
RMG Mortgages: 1-866-809-5800
For information on skipping mortgage payments please email: mortgagesupport@rmgmortgages.com
RBC: 1-800-769-2511
Affinity Credit Union: 1-866-863-6237
Innovation Credit Union: 1-866-446-7001
CIBC: 1-800-465-2422
TD Bank: 1-888-720-0075
Scotia Bank: 1-800-472-6842
HSBC: 1-888-310-4722
B2B Bank: 1-800-263-8349
BMO: 1-877-895-3278 – Treasury & payment solutions
1-877-788-1923 – Mortgage Relief Program
CMLS Financial: 1-888-995-2657
First National Bank: 1-888-488-0794
Urgent Inquires please email: accounts@firstnational.ca
Investors Group: 1-800-328-6488 or email mortgage.service.centre@investorsgroup.com
Solutions Banking - 1-877-999-7575

BCAP (Business Credit Availability Program): The Government of Canada has created a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of economic uncertainty. This program will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. Through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) more than $10 billion in lending and other types of financial support will be available to businesses.

Businesses wishing to seek support through the BCAP should contact their financial institution directly so their financial need can be assessed. If the needs exceed what the financial institution is able to provide they will then work alongside BDC or EDC to access additional resources through the Business Credit Availability Program.

Employment Insurance Benefits and Leave This is where employees facing layoffs can apply for EI Benefits. Please note that there are separate application processes for Regular EI Benefits (Applying for benefits if you have lost your job) and Sickness Benefits (Applying if you are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine.)

Understanding the Record of Employment Form This will be helpful for employers who are needing to issue Record of Employment's (ROE's) to employees. Employers may also reference the How to Complete a Record of Employment Form which will provide detailed information about completing this form as well as step by step instructions.

Canadian Business Resilience Network - This is provided by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Canada, where you will find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Self Isolation Support Program
- Support of $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks, or $900 total, will be granted to an eligible Saskatchewan worker, who need to self-isolate and are not covered by the federal EI program. 

This program is for workers who reside in Saskatchewan and are in self-isolation for one of the following reasons:
- You have contracted COVID-19 or present symptoms
- You have been in contact with a person who is infected with COVID-19
- You have returned from abroad

In addition, workers who are in isolation or likely to be under the above criteria are eligible if:
- You are not receiving compensation from your employer
- You do not have private insurance
- You are not covered by another government program, such as federal Employment Insurance.

APPLY HERE

Provincial Sales Tax Deferral
Saskatchewan businesses who are unable to remit their PST due to cashflow concerns will have three-month relief from penalty and interest charges.

Businesses that are unable to file their provincial tax return(s) by the due date may submit a request for relief from penalty and interest charges on the return(s) affected.

Audit program and compliance activities have been suspended to allow businesses time to focus on the health and safety of their customers and staff, reduce impacts to their business operations, and minimize the spread of the virus through reduced audit travel.

For more information call the Saskatchewan tax inquiry line at 1-800-667-6102 or email SaskTaxInfo@gov.sk.ca

Provincial Utilities
All Crown utilities will implement bill-deferral programs allowing a zero-interest bill deferral for up to six months for Saskatchewan customers whose ability to make bill payments may be impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Managing Staff & Leave
Changes to employment standard regulation, meaning businesses do not have to give notice or pay in lieu when staff is being laid off for 12 weeks or less in a 16 week period.

COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Workers
The Province of Saskatchewan has launched a new webpage dedicated to providing support to businesses and workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

This includes a Business Response Team to provide assistance and guidance to businesses in need. This resource is available from 8:00AM - 8:00PM Monday - Friday and can be reached at:
1-844-800-8688 or via email at supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

Saskatchewan Employment Standards Public Emergency Provisions


Employment Standards will be hosting webinars to provide Saskatchewan businesses with information about newly introduced Public Health Emergency Leave and Public Emergency Layoffs provisions 

The webinar can be viewed here

Other resoruces avaliable that may assist in dealing with some of the obstacles that may be present:

Community Futures - They have an online database of information and free webinars to help small business owners. This includes a comprehensive COVID-19 Information Guide that helps to break down available  programs. It can be found HERE.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) - Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19. BDC, with support of the federal government offers financial assistance options that support companies through to a more stable period.

On March 13, 2020, the federal government announced that they are establishing a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

The current options available are:

- Small Business Loan: Up to $100,000 can be obtained online.
- Working capital loan: For loans over $100,000 and can support everyday operations.
- Purchase Order Financing: Loans to fulfill domestic or international orders.

The BDC webinar: How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business is available now to view at your own convenience! It discusses the spread of COVID-19 and the challenges it poses to Canadian businesses.

Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA) - Disaster Resilience & Recovery 
SEDA provides a great deal of information and resources to support businesses. They have an information page dedicated to COVID-19 with specific updates and lists of additional resources. It also provides the Saskatchewan Economic Preparedness and Recovery Toolkit is a planning framework for local business to develop economic preparedness and recovery strategies.

Saskatchewan COVID-19 Impact Survey:
The Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA) and partnering agencies have created a survey to gather data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to Saskatchewan businesses and organizations.
The goal is to identify immediate business needs and trends, to ensure the best possible response is being provided. You will have an option to leave contact information which will be passed on to Shaunavon EDO, Lauren Johnson for any additional follow-up needs.
Feel free to share this survey link, as the goal is reach as many Saskatchewan businesses and organizations as possible.

Saskatchewan WCB - Information is to assist employers in determining their responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.