Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program offered by the Canadian federal government. The goal of the program is to help employers avoid laying off their employees when an unforeseen circumstance, outside of the employer’s control, bring a temporary halt or reduction to work. The WS helps to provide income assistance to employees eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for the duration of the reduced work period until the employer is able to recover and resume their business as usual.
Essentially, the WS exists as a three-way agreement between the employer, employees and Service Canada. The employees under the plan must work a reduced schedule and even split the available work over a specific period of time until the business is viable enough to continue normal operations.
For more information on the program and/or to register, please use one of the links below.