This page is dedicated to providing updates and resources for CUPE Local Unions in Saskatchewan during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure members remain safe, take necessary precautions and have the support of their union. 


The Government of Saskatchewan declared a provincial State of Emergency on March 18, 2020 – giving the government broad powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following measures are effective immediately:

The Government of Saskatchewan has limited the size of indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, effective March 26, 2020.

Exceptions are provided where two metre distancing between people can be maintained, such as: settings and workplaces where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings, and a critical public service or allowable business service.

The Public Health Order clarifies:

“In the event that a critical public service or allowable business service is unable to maintain two metre distancing, other measures such as self-monitoring of personal health or supervision by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace shall be applied.”

The list of public services and allowable business services permitted to continue operating are available at: Critical Public Services to Address COVID-19 and Allowable Business Services (as of April 3, 2020).

Non-allowable business services are prohibited from providing public-facing services. This is in addition to the business services that were ordered closed on March 23.

Saskatchewan will begin Phase 1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan on Monday, May 4, 2020, gradually and slowly lifting selected restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staged lifting of restrictions will not apply to the communities of La Loche and Lloydminster, which are currently managing outbreaks of COVID-19 cases. Public Health Orders remains in place, which require:

  • Limit of any gatherings to no more than 10 people,
  • Continue physical distancing of two metres, and
  • Stay home if they are sick, to help protect the health and safety of individuals and the population.

People planning to form an extended household group should continue to exercise extreme caution.

The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced a temporary wage supplement for lower income essential workers. The supplement consists of a flat $400 per month benefit for up to 16 weeks (March 15 to July 4) for each eligible worker. The supplement is for workers helping Saskatchewan’s vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic and who earn less than $2,500 per month and make less than $24.00 per hour at an eligible facility.

CUPE Saskatchewan has developed a one-stop, one-page Quick Guide to assist CUPE Local Unions with informing members about this important temporary income support program and how to apply.


The direct link to the program:







Click for Information Resources from CUPE National
Income supports for workers during the Coronavirus pandemic (Updated April 17)
General occupational guidelines for COVID-19
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
CUPE will be posting updates as they become available on the CUPE National website at:


FAQ – Find the answer to frequently asked questions CUPE members may have in Saskatchewan. Click on the question to get the answer. 

Do I have to take Employment Insurance (EI) if I get laid off or can I use my vacation and banked time?
My employer is requiring me to use my vacation but I don’t want to – what happens?
What happens to my vacation hours? Do they just pay them out?
I work another job.The Employer is saying I need to make a choice between which one I keep?
Is the employer required to provide me with layoff notice as a result of the business closure?
Do I have to go to work if I feel unsafe?
My co-worker may have the coronavirus – what do I do?
I think I might have the virus – what do I do?
Do I still get paid if I am unable to come to work when the employer tells me to stay home but I’m not sick?
Can I just use all my sick time – even though I’m not sick?
If we have a collective agreement in place – don’t they have to follow it?
What are some of the income protections I keep hearing about?
How do I apply for E.I. or CERB?
Can I use my seniority to bump others? Can I transfer my seniority?
Can I apply for early retirement?
What happens if I need to stay home to take care of my kids? Do I need to use my vacation?
I am a casual working in group homes. Can I work in more than one home during the pandemic?
I have positions in long term care and a group home setting. Should I take a leave from one job so I don’t cross contaminate? Does my employer need to grant me a leave? Will it be paid?
Can the employer change my job duties or reassign me if my position is no longer needed?

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