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Work-Sharing is an Employment Insurance (EI) program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs. The program allows employers to retain employees when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer.
Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an agreement between employers, employees and the Government of Canada.
Equal sharing of work: All members of a Work Sharing unit agree to reduce their hours of work by the same percentage and to share the available work
If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may be eligible for the Work-Sharing program and the Special Measures for COVID-19.
Submit your application via email
You will have to register and it can be a lengthy process. If you are applying for a new agreement, you must submit the following documents:
As per Service Canada, wages are calculated as follows:
Wages calculation under a Work-Sharing agreement
The amount of benefits paid for a week of Work-Sharing is calculated by comparing the hours of work missed because of the Work-Sharing agreement against the hours the claimant would have normally worked. Benefits are paid as a percentage of hours missed.
- weekly benefit rate = $500.00
- the normal work week was 40 hours prior to the Work-Sharing agreement, and
- in the week under consideration, the claimant works 30 hours, and misses 10 hours of work due to the Work-Sharing agreement
In this case, the claimant has worked 30 out of a possible 40 hours. Therefore, 10 out of 40 hours were lost due to the Work-Sharing agreement, or 25%. This claimant will be entitled to 25% of their benefit rate, or $125.00, for the 10 hours missed because of the Work-Sharing agreement.
Establishment of the Employment Insurance benefit rate
The EI benefit rate for each employee is established at the start of the Work-Sharing agreement after the submission of a claim. The benefit rate is established in the same manner as the benefit rate for all other EI claims.
The Work-Sharing benefit payable in any given week is based on the employee’s loss in normal average weekly earnings. It is expected that workers will make themselves available for work that is offered to them while participating in Work-Sharing. Earnings received from sources other than Work-Sharing need to be reported by each claimant.
If you would like to participate in the Work Sharing program, you will need to submit an application via email. Your application will then be reviewed by a Service Canada Program Officer to ensure that it meets program criteria and that all the necessary information has been provided. The Program Officer will also review and validate the statements made by the employer. The recovery plan will be assessed within the context of the business itself, the needs of the community in which the business operates, and the conditions within the industry at the time of application.
How to Apply:
- Submit your application via email
- Atlantic Provinces Email: ESDC.TP-ATL-WS-TP.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca
If you are applying for a new agreement, you must submit the following documents:
- EMP 5101 - Attachment A: Work-Sharing unit attachment - signed by each employee (for non-union agreements) or by a union representative
- Sales and/or production figures for the last 2 years
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