Work-Sharing Essential Information

Overview

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time.

Notice

The Government of Canada introduced temporary special measures that extend the maximum duration of Work-Sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks across Canada for those businesses affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector. Access the Work-Sharing temporary special measures page to find out if you are eligible.

 

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The employer and the employees (and the union, if applicable) must agree to participate in a Work-Sharing agreement and must apply together. An application for a Work-Sharing agreement must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested start date.

Before applying, please read all the information provided (including the Work-Sharing Applicant Guide) and discuss it with your employees.

For more information on the Work-Sharing program:

  • Employers across Canada may call toll-free 1-800-367-5693 (TTY: 1-855-881-9874)
  • Employees across Canada may call toll-free:
    • English: 1-800-206-7218 (TTY: 1-800-529-3742)
    • French: 1-800-808-6352 (ATS: 1-800-529-3742)

 

Information adapted from the Government of Canada

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Update regarding COVID-19

We would like to inform you that our office is currently closed to the public in order to ensure the health and safety of our clients and employees. If you wish to drop-off information, change a meeting date/time, or have any other inquiries, please do not hesitate to call or email our office. We ask that you refrain from visiting our office if you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), have travelled by plane within the last two weeks, or do not feel well. If you are feeling unwell, we hope you feel better soon.

On March 23, Premier Doug Ford announced that only “essential” businesses were to remain open for a two-week period starting March 24 at 11:59pm. The full list of “essential” businesses released by the Province can be found here. We are happy to say that our services meet the classification of “essential”, and therefore we are maintaining our operationin a fashion consistent with the above.

Prime Minister Trudeau has also announced several measures taken to assist Canadians during these trying times. Below are links we believe are useful based on our current understanding of these measures.

If you have any questions, we are here to help. Please call or email us for assistance.

We would like for you to know that, during these difficult times, we will continue to strive to provide you with the highest level of service possible.

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding in this matter.

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