A Work-Sharing agreement helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when:
- there is a temporary decrease in the normal level of business activity, and
- the decrease is beyond the control of the employer
The agreement provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.
A Work-Sharing agreement is a 3-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada.
Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to:
- a reduced schedule of work, and
- share the available work over a specified period of time
The employer and the employees (and the union, if applicable) must agree to participate in a Work-Sharing agreement. Then the employer applies for the agreement.
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)
Special measures are effective March 15, 2020 and extended to September 24, 2022:
- your agreement must begin or end between March 15, 2020 and September 25, 2022
- your agreement must be signed between March 15, 2020 and September 24, 2022. The start date must be no later than September 25, 2022
All businesses can benefit from a total of 76 weeks under the COVID-19 special measures. Regardless of how many weeks they have used prior to March 14, 2020.
Steel and aluminum sector
To support businesses affected by the downturn in the steel and aluminum sector. Special measures were effective from August 19, 2018 to March 27, 2021.
To support businesses affected by the downturn in the forestry sector. Special measures were effective from July 30, 2017 to March 28, 2020.
Special emergency measures to support employers affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. The special measures were effective between May 4, 2016 and May 4, 2017.
Special measures to support employers affected by the downturn in the commodities sector. Were effective between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
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