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Avoid layoffs. If business is slow, you could offer at least 2 of your core workers a temporarily reduced work week if they are eligible for employment insurance (EI). Their wages can be supplemented through EI benefits for the days they won't be working.

You must:

  • Have been in business year-round for at least 2 years
  • Prove that the work shortage is temporary and unavoidable
  • Show that the decrease of business activity is about 10%
  • Submit a plan to be able to offer normal working hours within 6-26 weeks
  • Have the approval of the employees and the union

Other conditions apply.

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