Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m new to SAI. What training do I need to take and how do I sign up for it?

You must be certified in First Aid/CPR Level C within the first month of employment. SAI does not offer this course internally, but click here for some external options to look into.

You are also required to take the following internal courses before the end of your probationary period (6 months):

  • Report Writing and Policy & Procedure
  • CPP&SP
  • Abuse Policy & Restrictive Procedures
  • Medication Adminisration
  • Gentle Teaching Intro
  • Working With People 1 – 3
  • MANDT 1 – 3

To sign up contact our Employee Experience Advisor Brennan at or 306-244-5013 ext 65.

What is the probationary period?

The probationary period is a 6-month time frame in which you complete your orientation and training for your position. During this period you will receive a 2 month evaluation on your progress as well as have multiple meetings with your Team Leader and/or Coordinator to ensure that you have reviewed the required information and have completed the required training. At the end of the 6 months you will receive another evaluation which will determine whether or not you move off the probationary period and on to permanent status. If successful, you will be signed up for SAI’s Benefits Package (if applicable).

How does the evaluation process work?

The evaluations are in place to review your performance and set mutually agreed upon goals for your development. They are conducted with your supervisor and will include feedback from them as well as from your peers.

When you are new to SAI or to a position you will receive a 2 month evaluation and a 6 month evaluation to ensure you are fully trained and prepared to take on the role. From there, your evaluations will be conducted annually on the anniversary of your start date.

When and how do I access my benefits?

Once you have completed your probationary period you will be eligible for benefits if you are a part-time (15-30 hours/week) or full-time (30-40 hours/week) employee. You will receive an information package in the mail that includes your access ID and information on your coverage.

For further inquiries please contact our Payroll & Accounting Manager, Russell Weyland, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 59.

What is the EFAP and how do I access it?

The EFAP stands for the Employee and Family Assistance Program. It offers an array of services to you and your family including counselling, online resources, support, etc. for any area of life (health, family, life balance, career, finances, etc.). Click here for further information.

The different ways to access the program are:

Phone: 1 (800) 663-1142. Our policy number can be found on the DMS home page (you will need to provide this number in order to access the services).

Online: You will need to Sign Up and create an account to access this service. When signing up, type in “Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives Inc.” as the company name.

How does sick and vacation pay work and who do I talk to when I have a question about my pay stub?

Russell is your guy! He looks after SAI’s payroll and benefits programs. You can contact him at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 59.

To review SAI’s sick and vacation policies click here.

Who is on the Occupational Health & Safety Committee and what do they do?

SAI’s OH&S Committee is committed to ensuring the health and safety of SAI employees. Their goal is to increase safety awareness, build enthusiasm for safety programs and reduce and prevent injuries.

For further information or if you have a safety concern, e-mail the committee at

Employee Wellness Information – Coming Soon!

Links & Resources:


Still have questions?

Contact Toni our Director of People and culture at or (306) 244-5013 ext 57. She will be happy to help you!