To all Chairpersons and Members of Employment Insurance Boards of Referees
Subject: Canada's Economic Action Plan extends and enhances the Work-Sharing program
On April 9, 2010, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that the Government of Canada is enhancing the Work-Sharing program, recognizing the uncertainty still facing many businesses and their workers.
Last year, the government, provided more flexibility for those wanting to apply, and the possible extension of work-sharing agreements by an additional 14 weeks (to a maximum of 52 weeks This year, the budget 2010 again put in place an extension of up to 26 weeks (to a maximum of 78 weeks) for employers with active, or recently terminated, Work-Sharing agreements. These measures will be in place until April 2, 2011.
Under Work‑Sharing, employers can retain employees and avoid expensive re-hiring and re‑training costs. Employees are able to continue working and keep their skills up to date. As of March 28, 2010, there were close to 5,500 active Work-Sharing agreements nationally benefiting close to 135,000 participants, and since February 2009, the program has helped protect the jobs of more than 255,000 Canadians.
For more information please consult: Work Sharing