Media Release: Provincial Chamber Welcomes ‘New Tools for the Recovery Toolkit’
For Immediate Release
April 09, 2020
Regina, SK: The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) applauds the Government of Saskatchewan’s announcement of a new support program that will assist businesses with their fixed cost obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been working with our members non-stop over the past month to better understand the unique challenges businesses are facing, and we continue to advocate for programs to support Saskatchewan businesses during this time of tremendous economic hardship. We welcome the news from the Province and see it as a much-needed new tool for businesses to sustain their operations until things get back to normal,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the SCC.
The SCC has been speaking to government about the acute challenges for businesses and has made several recommendations. One of these recommendations was changes to lay-off provisions under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, which was announced on March 20. These recommendations will assist in managing the overhead costs that many businesses have. This program is also important to many small businesses whose ability to take on additional debt during a time of greatly reduced revenues is severely constrained.
“We thank Minister Harrison and Premier Moe for their ongoing commitment to Saskatchewan businesses,” added McLellan.
Find information on government programs and announcements on our website at www.saskchamber.com. Please check back often for updates.
The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business and represents the interests of over 10,000 individual businesses, industry associations, and local chambers across the province through its chamber network. Information on COVID-19 and all other business issues can be found on www.saskchamber.com.
Steve McLellan, CEO