The Saskatchewan government is giving another extension on the Small Business Emergency Payment Program.

The lifeline can be accessed by businesses that were shuttered temporarily or had reduced operations as a result of COVID-19 public health rules.

The maximum benefit per eligibility period is $5,000. Businesses can access support on 15 per cent of monthly sales revenue for November, December 2019 or February 2020. A seasonal business can also see a payment on 15 per cent of it’s average monthly sales for 2019 operations.

The eligibility period covers April 2021 and applications are open until May 31.

Businesses that have previously applied and received payments from the program will not need to reapply.

As of April 26, the SSBEP has made available over $66 million in financial help to more than 6,400 small businesses.

More details on the SSBEP program are available on the government website. Businesses may call 1-800-667-6102, or email ssbep@gov.sk.ca.