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Saskatchewan government gives fire evacuees more time to make overdue payments

07/13/2015 01:23 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT
REGINA - People forced out of their homes by wildfires across northern Saskatchewan are getting temporary relief on overdue payments.

Premier Brad Wall says the province's Crown utilities and its insurance company SGI are waiving bills, premiums and driver’s licence fees until Sept. 1.

He says SaskTel, SaskPower and SaskEnergy won't go ahead with collection actions on overdue accounts and won't disconnect utilities for non-payment.

As well, customers are to receive a future credit for about a month's worth of fixed-service delivery fees.

Licence plates and driver's licences that may expire during the evacuation period will be extended.

Walls says being away from one's home is stressful enough without having to worry about paying bills.

Small-to-medium businesses directly affected by the fires can also apply for relief from penalties and interest charges for filing late provincial sales tax returns.