The Government of Canada has approved the use of special measures under the Employment Insurance  Work-Sharing program to assist employers and workers temporarily affected by the flooding in Alberta and Manitoba.

Generally, Work-Sharing is designed to help companies facing a temporary downturn in business avoid  layoffs by offering Employment Insurance Part I income support to workers willing to work a reduced work week while their company recovers.

In terms of the just activated special measures, employers that are located in communities where a state  of emergency has been declared and that are experiencing a temporary shortage of work due to the flooding may benefit from these measures, which involve waiving certain program criteria to enter into a work-sharing agreement.

Eligible employers in affected areas have until September 27, 2013, to apply for an agreement involving these special measures.

Retailers can find further information on Work-Sharing on-line and by contacting the local Service Canada Centre.

Other Resources:

For more information on the Work-Sharing program employers and employees across Canada may call the following toll-free number: 1-866-891-5319 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105).

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact
Lanny McInnes at [email protected] or (204) 253-1654.