Government introduces extended work-sharing program

Oilpatch increasingly onboard – but approach not for everyone
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2016

The federal government has announced an extended work-sharing program intended to help embattled oil and gas employers weather the storm.

Eligible employers can now benefit from an additional 38 weeks of employment insurance (EI) benefits for employees, for a maximum of 76 weeks. Employers that use the federal work-sharing program have workers’ wages supplemented by EI benefits for the days they are not working. 

The extension is expected to benefit as many as 33,000 additional workers. As of April, there were 347 active work-sharing agreements with Alberta companies, according to the government.