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The Government of Canada has a Work Sharing program (WS) designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. There have been changes to the Work Sharing program as a result of COVID-19.
The maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program has changed from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.