Work-Sharing - Develop your application

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Work-Sharing agreements fall under the COVID-19 temporary special measures. The Government of Canada has extended these measures to September 24, 2022 and employers may be eligible to apply for a subsequent 26 week agreement. During the special measures, there are changes to the Work-Sharing Program and this page is not accurate at the moment. The following links have up-to-date information:

4. Develop your application

Employers applying for the Work-Sharing program must complete the following documents:

Attachment A

Attachment A is mandatory for all Work-Sharing (WS) applications along with the application form part of the Work-Sharing agreement.

The Attachment A lists all employees who are participating in a Work-Sharing agreement (that is, the members of the Work-Sharing unit). The non-union employee representative must sign the Attachment A; his signature indicates that all employees agree to participate in Work-Sharing and to reduce their hours of work. Union employees are not required to sign the Attachment A, however, the union representative must sign the document on their behalf. The union representative’s signature indicates that all union employees in the Work-Sharing unit agree to participate in Work-Sharing and to reduce their hours of work.

Instructions for completing the Work-Sharing application

Completed applications (including the Attachment A) must now be submitted a minimum of 10 business days prior to the requested start date, before COVID-19 employers were asked to submit their applications at least 30 calendar days prior to the start date (see Work-Sharing Program COVID-19 for more details). All agreements start on a Sunday.

It is essential that the application be fully and accurately completed, and signed by an employer representative (with the authority to enter into a legal agreement) and an employee and/or union representative. Incomplete Work-Sharing applications will delay Service Canada's assessment of your application.

Signature of employer, union and/or employee representative(s)

It is important that the parties involved, in other words the employer and union and/or employee representative(s) understand that by signing the Work-Sharing application, they are making an attestation as per the following:

  • they accept that, subject to the terms of the Work-Sharing agreement, all information contained in the application provided by the employer, the union(s) or employee representative(s) will be treated as confidential in accordance with applicable legislation and used solely for the purpose of determining eligibility under the Work-Sharing program of the project described in the application, and in support of research and statistical gathering activities
  • the employer, the union(s) or employee representative(s) make application for approval by the Commission of their Work-Sharing project in accordance with Section 24 of Employment Insurance Act and Sections 42 to 49 of the Employment Insurance Regulations but agree that the preparation and filing of this application does not create any obligation on the part of the employer, the union(s), employee representative(s) or the Canada Employment Insurance Commission
  • they understand that deliberately giving false or misleading information for the purpose of entering into a Work-Sharing agreement shall be subject to penalties as provided under the Employment Insurance Act

In addition, the employer agrees to provide such documentation as may be required by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, including copies of payroll records, for purposes of verifying the information provided in the application.

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