Work-Sharing - Review process

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:

3. Review process

Applications will be assessed in terms of both eligibility and assessment criteria.

The Service Canada Program Officer will review the application to ensure that it meets program criteria and that all the necessary information has been provided. The Program Officer will also review and validate the statements made by the employer. The recovery plan will be assessed within the context of the business itself, the needs of the community in which the business operates, and the conditions within the industry at the time of application.

The Program Officer will conduct a cost analysis (comparing the cost related to the temporary layoffs and the cost of the proposed Work-Sharing agreement) to establish the cost difference/effectiveness of recommending or not recommending a Work-Sharing application. As well, the Program Officer will consider a social/community impact assessment to determine the overall impact of the business on the community.

In order to recommend the application for approval, the Program Officer must conclude that Work-Sharing is the appropriate program vehicle to address the work reduction and that there is a reasonable expectation (based on a realistic plan of action by the employer) that all members of the Work-Sharing unit(s) will return to normal working hours by the end of the agreement.

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