Campaign for Mental Health

News release

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a new mental health crisis in Saskatchewan. Concerns over personal and loved ones’ health, anxiety around employment and finances, and loneliness stemming from social isolation has had severe impacts on youth, adults, and seniors alike.

In 2021, insurance brokers are committed to doing their part to make a difference. The #BrokersCare Campaign for Mental Health is a yearlong initiative of the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS), presented in partnership with Wawanesa Insurance, dedicated entirely to raising funds and awareness to support improved mental health outcomes. 

100% of all proceeds from the campaign go directly to fund grassroots mental health projects in communities throughout the province.

Funding Eligibility

What groups are eligible to receive grant funding?

Registered charities, not-for-profits, community organizations, and educational institutions (including K-12 and post-secondary schools) are eligible to apply.

How much funding can organizations apply for?

Eligible organizations may apply for one-time grants between $100 – $10,000, to a maximum of $10,000 per organization (no limit to the number of projects). While each application will be adjudicated thoroughly on its merit, due to the high volume of anticipated demand, modest funding requests may have a higher probability of success or a faster turnaround time:

  • $100 – $999: Response within five business days of application;
  • $1,000 – $4,999: Response within 15 calendar days of application; and
  • $5,000 – $10,000: Response within 30 calendar days of application.

What types of projects are eligible?

The sky is the limit! We’re willing to consider any project or initiative that meaningfully supports mental wellness and improved mental health outcomes in Saskatchewan communities. Projects will be evaluated based on demonstrated need, impact, and capacity to execute. Funding must be directly used to offset expenses incurred in the 2021 calendar year; it cannot be used to offset operational costs such as employee wages and overhead.

When are applications open?

Applications are currently open and will remain open so long as fundraising efforts allow. In the event applications close temporarily, a target reopening date will be posted here. 

How can I apply?

Access the funding application using the button below:

Campaign Contact

Kyle Halvorson
Manager, Community Engagement
Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 525-4076

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More support for small businesses experiencing COVID-19-related losses across Western Canada

News release

The expanded Regional Relief and Recovery Fund now offers up to an additional $20,000 for eligible small businesses needing continued financial support

February 5, 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta – The Government of Canada has been supporting small businesses and protecting jobs since the pandemic began, and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. Since its launch on May 13, 2020, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has protected over 33,500 jobs in Western Canada by providing nearly $427 million to support over 7,400 businesses and organizations, of which nearly 45 percent are located in rural areas and 30 percent are owned by women.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada announced an expansion of the RRRF to align with the increased funding available under the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This follows the Government’s intention in the Fall Economic Statement, to increase RRRF funding by $500 million nationally, including over $250 million for Western Canada. This will make a total of more than $800 million available to meet strong demand to help western Canadian small businesses and organizations with liquidity needs that cannot be met by other federal support programs, such as the new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP).

New applicants to the RRRF can now request up to $60,000 in interest-free, repayable support, up from $40,000 previously. Existing RRRF recipients can now apply for additional funding of up to $20,000, if they continue to suffer eligible COVID-19-related losses. Additional fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 may also be available for eligible applicants.

With many travel and public health restrictions in place, Western Canada’s tourism sector has been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. This is why a minimum of 25 percent of RRRF funding across Canada is earmarked for local tourism-related businesses and organizations to help them to be ready for an eventual recovery of the industry.


“We’ve been listening to small businesses and tourism operators, and we understand that additional support was required to bridge them to our economic reopening and recovery. Covering an additional $20,000 of losses will help many small businesses make it through. My message to entrepreneurs is clear:  We have stood with you from the start of this pandemic, and we’ll stand by you to the end.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada 

Quick facts

  • RRRF is a national $2 billion needs-based program delivered by the Government of Canada’s regional development agencies, including Western Economic Diversification Canada, to fill gaps by helping support:– businesses and organizations unable to access other federal pandemic support programs; and– businesses and organizations that continue to experience hardship after accessing these measures. 
  • Up to 12 months of liquidity support is available to cover losses sustained between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, an increase of six months. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.
  • This new funding increases the contribution limit from $40,000 to $60,000, based on eligibility.
  • Eligible applicants can get funding up to $40,000, with 25 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022.
  • Eligible applicants can apply for an additional funding over $40,000 and up to $60,000, with 50 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022. 
  • The fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 is subject to different terms and different deadlines.
  • Community Futures organizations across the West are delivering targeted RRRF support to small businesses in rural communities.
  • In Western Canada, program delivery is also being complemented by the Women’s Enterprise Initiative.

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Call for Cohort Chair – The Exchange: Year Two

Expression of Interest

Call for Cohort Chair – The Exchange: Year 2

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) is calling for expression of interest to chair an Exchange cohort of women entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling their businesses. This Call is open to women who are or have been entrepreneurs and are passionate about advancing women entrepreneurs in our province.

The Exchange is a springboard for women entrepreneurs ready to harness their true potential and leverage their businesses to the next level of growth and profitability. Members of The Exchange are unapologetic for their success and unafraid to take the leap toward increased profit and personal growth. Through dynamic peer learning, presentations from intriguing and well-seasoned experts, and networking opportunities, our participants will come together to significantly impact the gender gap that currently exists in the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem.

We invite you to submit an Expression of Interest

Program Description

Offered over a three-year term, The Exchange program will focus on equipping women entrepreneurs with tools to grow their businesses to the next level. The program will group participants into cohorts to help them develop as business owners through skills development, mentorship, networking, and relationship building.

Cohorts will be based on revenue streams; each cohort will meet separately. Cohort meetings will take place up to one full day once/month excluding July and August for a total of 10 sessions per year. Within these 10 sessions, there will be two full-day retreats planned for all cohorts to attend, allowing for cross-group networking and relationship building.

Role and Commitment of Chair

The Chair will be an experienced entrepreneur with knowledge in scaling a business, expansion and diversification, trade (export and import) and accessing capital. With extensive experience in coaching, facilitation and group dynamics, the Chair will serve as the pivotal link in fostering strong bonds of relationships and trust for learning and growth.

Chairs should have a strong connection to business networks in Saskatchewan and beyond with an understanding of the Saskatchewan business and entrepreneurial landscape as well as current and future trends in small and medium-sized enterprises.

One Chair will be selected to lead and coach each revenue group. Currently, The Exchange is calling on to fill two (2) Chair positions. The Chair will lead the monthly sessions, for a total of 8 sessions per program year. Chairs will attend two annual retreats in person or by video conference. The Chair will also conduct one (1) monthly meeting, at a maximum duration of 30 minutes, with each cohort participant in their group (outside of July and August).

Chairs will be remunerated equivalent up to 2 days per month based on time allocation required.

Visit here for more information on The Exchange.

Submit by Friday, February 19th, 2021 to:

Brittany Scott

The Exchange Project Coordinator, WESK

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