Disaster Resilience & Recovery

Sadly, no community is immune to natural or man-made disasters.

Emergency Planning must include preparing for the potential impacts of disruption on the local and regional economy.

Without an economic recovery strategy, a disaster incident has the potential to cause a micro-recession which could negatively affect your community for years. Preparing for disruptions and planning for recovery can make a significant difference in offsetting the detrimental side effects of an already unfortunate situation. 

Local economic development is, by its very nature, charged with facilitating and mobilizing various stakeholders and reconciling goals and values amongst the various players. The economic development team can serve as a vital bridge between the business community and broader economic supports (education; health; physical infrastructure) in the communities they serve.

Saskatchewan Economic Preparedness and Recovery Toolkit

Utilizing best practices from the many forerunners, who have by necessity, engaged in disaster recovery, SEDA has provided a planning framework for local business and community leaders to develop economic preparedness and recovery strategies for their own community.

Our three-part TOOLKIT connects disaster management functions with economic principles to identify key issues and suggested action planning.  Wherever possible, resources and contacts specific to Saskatchewan has been included. This information will be updated as changes in our provincial emergency management and economic environment occur.


Advance planning will enable the community to respond to an incident quickly and effectively, minimizing long term economic impacts. 

Toolkit I Components:


Response focusses on addressing the immediate short-term effects of a catastrophic event. The timing and duration of response efforts will be unique to each situation. There is generally an overlap between the response and recovery phases.

Toolkit II Components

For Employers

Government of Saskatchewan Human Resource Guide for Small Businesses provides step by step guidance and templates.

Recruitment Checklist

Job Description Template

Employee Application Form

Post jobs

Sample Interview Questions

Candidate Evaluation form

Sample Reference Check Questions

Letter of Offer Template

Employee Contract Template

Employee Orientation Checklist

Performance Appraisal Template

Workplan Sample 1 and Sample 2

Aboriginal Employee Toolkit for Employers

Guide to Hiring Persons with Disabilities

Canada Job Grant

Youth Employment Strategy Programs

For Employees & Job Seekers

Overview of the Job Loss Cycle

Applying for Employment Insurance Online

Benefits Finder

Transitional Employment Allowance

SERVICE CANADA Central Site provides online help in associated areas

Accessing the Self Employment Program

Tools for the Job Search

Saskatchewan Jobs Portal

Canada Wide Jobs Portal

Provincial Training Allowance

Job Support for Peoples with Disabilities

Saskatchewan Skills Training Benefit Program

For Youth

Post Secondary Financial Assistance Program

Gabriel Dumont Career and Employment Services

Youth Readiness Certificate Course

Canada Wide Jobs Portal

Saskatchewan Jobs Portal


Saskatchewan Employment Supplement

Supplementary Health Coverage

Saskatchewan Income Assistance Program

Ministry of Social Services

Saskatchewan Health Region

Government of Saskatchewan Emergency Planning

Water Security Agency

Provincial Disaster Assistance Program

List of authorized Insurers in Saskatchewan

Insurers Brokers Association of Saskatchewan

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Refer to key Contacts List for Disaster Cleanup Companies


The Recovery Phase refers to the long term restoration of economic functions in the community such as government, industry and individual/households  It typically involves the development, coordination, and implementation of operations, services, infrastructure, facilities, and programs. Recovery can be measured in weeks or months. Long-term recovery is measured in the years following an incident.

Toolkit III Component

A Recovery Guidebook PDF to use in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan accepted nine-step emergency planning guidelines. This component focuses on five core steps to long term recovery.

SEDA wishes to acknowledge the following organizations that have led the way in championing economic preparedness and recovery.



Readers are encouraged to visit for an extensive online library of case studies and documented economic recovery efforts from other jurisdictions.