August 10, 2020
August 6, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes August Sidewalk Sale registration, more staycations, a list of all DTNYXE patios, and more…
July 23, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes staycations, proof of local + covid-safe status, intern support for your return to business and more…
July 17, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program Announcement

On July 17, 2020, the Federal Government announced proposed changes to the CEWS that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support so that more workers can return to their jobs quickly as the economy restarts. This support would continue to protect jobs and help Canadian businesses that are the most impacted.

Today’s proposed changes included in the Government’s draft legislative proposals would:

  • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.
  • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers. This would help many struggling employers with less than a 30-per-cent revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers, while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold.
  • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly.
  • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules.
  • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

For more information, click here.

July 9, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes our new marketing document + tote bags, zu Academy courses, MEC! and more…
June 25, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes a note about Downtown Safety, virtual events for adults + kids, a link to register for the Downtown Sidewalk Sale, and more…
June 15, 2020
June 11, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes the updated plans for the Downtown Sidewalk Sale, a survey to capture confidence in returning Downtown, and more.
June 1, 2020
  • Manage your staff’s return to the office – the EAT + SHOP Downtown community counts on this demographic! Colliers is hosting an informational webinar on navigating this time June 3, 11am – Register Here. – Thank you, Colliers!
May 28, 2020
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes access to EV Chargers, Free Masks, and a free website-build from Vendasta; the return of Paid Parking; Kinsmen Riverfront Enhancements; and we still have some #BACKDOWNTOWN Collateral for order.
May 26, 2020
  • Sanitized Masks Available – DTNYXE’s Saskatoon Open Door Society has volunteers sewing masks, and the final product is sterilized by the University of Saskatchewan. Contact directly for access to these FREE masks. – Thank you, SODS!
May 19, 2020
  • Today, the Government of Canada announced it is expanding the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). CEBA loans will now be available to a greater number of businesses. Businesses should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans. Additional information on CEBA, including a list of participating financial institutions can be found here.
May 14, 2020
  • Vendasta’s Free Digital Tools | Take a peek to find the resources you need to help your business survive and thrive online in a post-COVID world! Local Business Survival Kit available to Downtown Members – thanks Vendasta!
  • NEWS DOWNTOWN includes Street + Sidewalk Closure Survey, the new Baydo 25-storey appratment towers, and a second order of #BACKDOWNTOWN Collateral.
May 12, 2020
  • The Province has released its Health & Safety Guidelines Posters – These outline provincial health and safety guidelines, including “Open for Business” “Elevator Safety” printouts, and are available for businesses to download. These informational posters can help communicate health and safety information to workers and customers.
  • Given the Province’s guideline posters serve a slightly different purpose than our #BACKDOWNTOWN COVID Collateral, Downtown Saskatoon will proceed with another order of our own FREE branded materials for our membership. To be included in the second-batch order, please place your order by Monday, May 18COVID Collateral Order Form
 April 30, 2020
  • COVID Collateral Order Form – In an effort to support your welcome #BACKDOWNTOWN, we will be offering to members FREE standardized, quality signage (including Physical Distancing, Don’t Touch, Sanitized For You, etc.) and a limited number of 50-50 cost shared plastic counter barriers.To be included in the first-batch order, please place your order by Monday, May 4. Depending on uptake, future orders may or may not be placed. Please only order what you need – we have limited funds for printing.
  • Although not an exhaustive list, we’ve attempted to support + narrow your search.
    Supplier List for Re-Opening Business
  • New: DTNYXE Retail – What’s Open? *will continue to update
  • Updated: DTNYXE Restaurants – Delivery + Take Out Options *will continue to update
  • DTNYXE Newsletter includes Patio Date Nights, 2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale launch + Jazz Festival Postponement
  • Hot Off the Press – CTV/Bell Media is offering DTNYXE neighbours a Stimulus Package for a television and online presence at such an important time! Contact Barry, directly.
April 24, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses | This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The government is also providing further details on the program:

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 per cent of the rent.
  • Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.
April 23, 2019
  • We’re very excited to be posting about the turn-around of this pandemic! We have succeeded in our community efforts to flatten the curve. Today, the Province of Saskatchewan announced it’s plan to re-open our provincial economy – the first Canadian province to do so. Find here the phased process as to which business types can open when, as well as required guidelines to follow in order to keep ourselves and our customers safe.
    • Phase One:
      • Re-opening previously restricted medical services
      • Opening of golf courses, parks and campgrounds
    • Phase Two:
      • Re-opening retail and select personal care services
    • Phase Three:
      • Re-opening restaurants and food services, gyms and fitness centres, licensed establishments and child care facilities
      • Re-opening remaining personal care services
      • Increasing the size of public and private gatherings to 15 people
    • Phase Four:
      • Re-opening indoor and outdoor recreation facilities
      • Increasing the size of public and private gatherings to 30 people
    • Phase Five:
      • Consider lifting long-term restrictions
April 22, 2019

In our role as a Business Improvement District, we are members of the International Downtown Association – a wealth of resources always, and no less so through this pandemic. Here are a few more Downtown Saskatoon has sourced for our own membership:

  • Digital Main Street – Five Tactics to Stay Top of Mind During COVID 19
    Digital Main St. is “a program and service that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation.” (  – for FREE (unless you choose to purchase from one of their vetted third-party vendors). Based in Toronto and usually only serving businesses in Ontario, the IDA community has been given permission to share their resources with you – one more example of how this pandemic is strengthening community, info- and resource-sharing, even across our vast country!
    Keeping the attention (and business) of your customers and clients in the middle of a global pandemic is a challenge, without question, but there are ways you can stay top of mind, even now, and even if you’re a small business. Drawing on the wisdom of Karen O’Brien, global marketing expert and original seed investor of Trufan, this article gives the Top 5 tactics that are key to keeping their thoughts – and their dollars – coming your way!

  • Shopify Capital Program
    Shopify Inc. will begin providing cash advances directly to online merchants in Canada, as the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant rushes out products to support small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Chief operating officer Harley Finkelstein said that merchants on their platform will qualify for funds ranging from $200 all the way up to $500,000, depending on the nature of their business.  Shopify is also offering an extended 90 day free trial.

April 16, 2020
  • CFIB reports significant news from the Federal Government today regarding the Canadian Emergency Rent Assistance Program for Small Business. More details to come.

  • DTNYXE Newsletter includes Takeout Wednesdays, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s postponement, and the Downtown Library

April 15, 2020
  • Take care of your mental health, too. This resource guide is a useful collection of COVID-19 information, and begins mental health-specific resources on page 22 – Thank you, DTNYXE’s North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre!
April 13, 2020
  • Update – grant applications now openSaskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) provides a one-time grant for small and medium-sized enterprises directly affected by government public heath orders related to COVID-19. Grants will be paid based on 15 per cent of a business’s monthly sales revenue, to a maximum of $5,000. Eligibility: Business operational as of Feb 29, 2020; had to cease or curtail operations as a result of a COVID-19 order; have less than 500 employees; AND commit to reopen following lifting of public health orders. Review April 9 news announcement below for further information.
  • Top 5 Tips to Obtain Rent Relief – Thank you, Colliers
April 9, 2020
  • Saskatchewan small businesses will receive additional provincial support to help deal with current COVID-19 challenges through the new Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP). Announcement here.
  • Provincial Business Response Team – ask your questions here!
April 8, 2020
  • Summary Table of these Federal Programs: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Temporary Wage Subsidy, and Canada Emergency Response Benefit – Thank you, McKercher LLP.
April 2, 2020
  • Restaurant Task-Force Survival Kit:  Produced by the All Pro Restaurant Coaches, a task-force of volunteers has collaborated and put together a resource package for restaurant, bar, and hospitality venues to help them through the toughest of times; whether that is a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of terrorism. Please use this available road map and check-list to help provide guidance to you, your business, and your community.
March 31, 2020
  • SREDA is offering a Small Saskatoon Business Emergency Continuity Grant of up to $5000. Check details, including eligibility here. Application deadline is April 6. – Thank you, SREDA!
March 30, 2020
  • Update: Federal Government providing small business with wage subsidies | Announced today was 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. More details on eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales, and will be shared before the end of the month.
  • This comprehensive flow chart helps navigate government resources available for business and personal support, how to apply for them, and if you might be eligible – Thanks Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University
March 27, 2020
  • Federal Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small + medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis | read the news from the Prime Minister’s page
March 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
March 24, 2020
March 23, 2020
  • And this is why we’re all staying at home! Be safe.
  • New Required Business Closures related to food, recreation + entertainment facilities, personal + professional services, and daycares – find the Province’s details here
  • Facebook is offering a Small Business Grants Program of cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Register here as your starting point
  • Updated: A resource list for Individuals + Businesses – thanks, SREDA
March 20, 2020
  • DTNYXE Newsletter includes Wonderhub Virtual Programming, wins from the pandemic, government + big bank updates, and extended Business Impact Survey deadline
  • A resource list for Individuals + Businesses – thanks, SREDA
  • Safety Checklist for Businesses Who Close | Ensure your business remains secure – thanks, Ottawa Police, for these guidelines:
    • Keep the lights on
    • Remove ALL cash and receipts
    • Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible
    • All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
    • Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers
    • All ATM’s should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
    • All alcohol products removed from bar and put in secured storage areas (no alcohol left visible from outside)
    • Consider posting “NO CASH or Valuables on Premises” signage
    • Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (ie. Cleaners, deliveries, etc)
    • Disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source
    • Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and to manage inventory and storage conditions (consider scattering the times this is done to not establish a pattern)
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
March 17, 2020