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FAQ – REVISED APRIL 3, 2020

REVISED APRIL 3, 2020

FAQ – APPLYING FOR BENEFITS AND ACCESS TO FIRST NATIONS SAVING PLAN

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ADDED APRIL 3, 2020:

The FNSP is an investment account. This means that funds you contribute, as well as SIGA’s portion, are put into an investment in order for your money to gain interest over time. This money is invested for you by Canada Life through the Black Rock LifePath Fund, or through other funds if you’ve actively made an investment choice. Even though these accounts are set up LOW risk, investments at all varying risk levels are being affected by Covid-19. The overall rate of return on your investment has most likely fallen. Please be aware that your contributions may be LOWER than you expected. Please also be aware it is your decision to take your money out right now, even if it may be at a lower value than you expected. If you have a TFSA, this may be the case as well.

 

1. Do I apply for EI Regular or can I also apply for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit?

a. Employees are encouraged to apply for any and all available options. This includes EI Regular Benefits AND Canada Emergency Relief Benefit.

Please note: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will not be available to apply for until April 6, 2020. See FAQ 5. below for more.

 

2. When can I apply for EI Regular Benefits?
a. For EI Regular Benefits you are encouraged to apply on or after March 31, 2020. 

 

3. What if I already applied for EI Regular Benefits?

a. For those who have already applied with the March 16th date, we are recommending you call 1 800 206 7218 on Tuesday March 31, 2020 to change the date on your EI application to March 31, 2020 as last day worked. For anyone who has not applied yet, please wait to apply for EI until March 31, 2020.

 

4. What do I enter as my last date worked?
a. When completing your EI application for regular benefits you must enter in the last date worked as March 31, 2020.

 

5. I received a prompt during my application to enter a reference code. What do I do?

We do NOT have a group reference code. Selected ‘NO’ on this question and continue.

 

6. How can I apply for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit?

a. Where can I apply?
i. The application form will be available on April 6.

 

b. How can I apply?
i. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit may be accessible to the public on April 6, 2020 through a secure web portal. This benefit is for anyone who has lost their job due to Covid-19 and does not qualify for EI. This benefit is something we are monitoring and will have resources in place as soon as we know more.

 

7. I am currently on maternity leave or EI medical, should I change my benefit type to EI Regular?

a. It has been recommended that you do not change your EI benefits. When you complete your leave, you could then apply for EI regular benefits if necessary, or you could apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you do not have any available hours to use for EI Regular Benefits (up until October 3, 2020).

 

8. Can I access my First Nations Saving Plan contributions?

 

a. Yes. As of March 26, employees are able to access First Nations Savings Plan accounts. The contributions that you have made into this account will be available to you to.

There is a form that you can fill out and return to us. You can choose to withdraw either the full amount available of your contributions OR a specified amount. This will be administered to you by a mailed cheque or direct deposit.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are requesting more than $10,000 OR if you have selected ‘the total value of the funds available’ please attached a void cheque or attach account information as a snippet from your online banking. We need this as a confirmation for transferring such large amounts.

 

b. If you want to withdraw from your FNSP, please email the hrcallcenter@siga.sk.ca to request a form. Only your portion of contributions will be accessible at this time.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The FNSP is an investment account. This means that funds you contribute, as well as SIGA’s portion, are put into an investment in order for your money to gain interest over time. This money is invested for you by Canada Life through the Black Rock LifePath Fund, or through other funds if you’ve actively made an investment choice. Even though these accounts are set up LOW risk, investments at all varying risk levels are being affected by Covid-19. The overall rate of return on your investment has most likely fallen. Please be aware that your contributions may be LOWER than you expected. Please also be aware it is your decision to take your money out right now, even if it may be at a lower value than you expected. If you have a TFSA, this may be the case as well.

 

c. The number to call is 1 800 724 3402 if you want to know your balance and what you can withdraw. Our plan number is 42366, your member ID is your JDE number. PLEASE NOTE: the HR call center does not know balances in your account.

 

d. once you have filled out the form, mail it back by SCAN OR PHOTO to hrcallcenter@siga.sk.ca.

 

OR mail it to:

 

103 Aspen Place
Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
S7N 1K4

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have means to do this, you can ask another employee to send your FNSP form in on your behalf.

 

e.  Please be aware that First Nation employees at Gold Horse Casino do not pay into the FNSP. You may have a FNSP if you started at another site and moved over to GHC.

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