May 19, 2020

Saskatchewan Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

As part of Women Entrepreneurs Week May 17-23, the Government of Saskatchewan is recognizing the province’s 33,300 female business owners for their contributions to the economy and labour market.

One in every eight women employed in Saskatchewan runs her own business, which puts female entrepreneurship in the province above the national average and fourth highest among provinces.

“Saskatchewan women have built familiar brands and created markets across North America,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, I encourage residents as they look to support local businesses to also look for ways to support women led businesses who make significant contributions to the Saskatchewan economy.”

Throughout Women Entrepreneurs Week, the Status of Women Office will profile Saskatchewan businesswomen and their creativity, innovation and resiliency.  The office also congratulates the membership-driven Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan for 25 years of supporting and building community with business advice, financing, training and mentoring.

“Women Entrepreneurs Week is a time to recognize the many Saskatchewan females who have worked hard to start their own businesses, while creating jobs and opportunities for others,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison says.  “Their resiliency during this unprecedented time truly shows as these businesses continue to play a role in contributing to the province’s economy and enhancing the quality of life for all.”

To support local businesses and their employees during COVID-19, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the $1 million “Together We Stand” initiative on May 1.  Funding will be used by Chambers of Commerce across the province to encourage residents to shop local.

The province also implemented the $50 million Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment on April 9, to provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized enterprises that temporarily closed or substantially curtailed their operations as a result of public health orders related to COVID-19.  This program has been extended for the month of May.

Details on business supports can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website or by contacting the province’s Business Response Team at 1-844-800-8688.