Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures for COVID-19 and the steel and aluminum sector  

COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program and this page is no longer accurate.  All Work-Sharing agreements fall under the COVID-19 special measures, until further notice.

The Government of Canada has put in place Work-Sharing (WS) temporary special measures for employers affected by the downturn in business related to COVID-19 and for the steel and aluminum sector.

These measures extend the duration of Work-Sharing agreements by an additional 38 weeks, for a total of 76 weeks. The mandatory waiting period has also been waived so that employers with a recently expired agreement may immediately apply for a new agreement, without waiting between applications and ease Recovery Plan requirements for the duration of the WS agreement.

COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)

Temporary special measures are effective March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if your business has been directly or indirectly experiencing a downturn due to COVID-19 and if you:

  • had a WS agreement that ended between June 23, 2019 and March 14, 2020 and are currently in your mandatory cooling-off period, then you may be eligible to waive the mandatory waiting period, and apply for a new agreement with a maximum possible duration of 76 weeks
  • have a WS agreement that will be signed between March 15, 2020 and March 13, 2021 (with an agreement start date no later than March 14, 2021), or
  • have a WS agreement that will begin or end between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021 (you may be eligible for a 38-week extension for a total of 76 weeks)

Visit the Work-Sharing Program COVID-19 page for more information and tools regarding this special measure.

Steel and aluminum sector

Temporary special measures are effective August 19, 2018 to March 27, 2021.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if your business has been directly or indirectly affected by the downturn in the steel and aluminum sector and if you:

  • had a WS agreement that ended between November 25, 2017 and August 18, 2018
  • have a WS agreement that will be signed between August 19, 2018 and March 27, 2021 (with an agreement start date no later than March 28, 2021), or
  • have a WS agreement that will begin or end between August 19, 2018 and March 27, 2021

How to apply

**Please refer to the WS Applicant guide for the temporary special measures  for more information on how to complete your application.**

If you are applying for a new agreement you must submit the following documents:

Employers are instructed to submit their completed applications using the method listed below:

Atlantic Provinces

Email: esdc.tp-alt-ws-tp.esdc@servicecanada.gc.ca

Quebec

Email: qc-dpmtds-lmsdpb-tp-ws-gd@servicecanada.gc.ca

Ontario

Email: esdc.on.ws-tp.on.edsc@servicecanada.gc.ca

Western Canada and Territories

Email: edsc.wt.ws-tp.esdc@servicecanada.gc.ca

Contact us

For more information on the Work-Sharing Program, call the following toll-free number:
1-800-367-5693 (TTY: 1-855-881-9874).

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