COVID-19 Town Layoffs

Town of Strathmore announces 62 temporary layoffs

The Town of Strathmore’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic saw swift closures of recreation facilities and suspensions of many community programs. The Town notified 62 employees today that these actions have resulted in temporary layoffs as well.

All Town of Strathmore recreation facilities were closed to the public on Monday, March 16. The Town’s Municipal Offices and Strathmore Family and Community Support Services closed to the public on March 18. Where possible, work-from-home arrangements have been made for employees. Due to facility closures and program suspensions, the Town made the difficult decision to make temporary workforce adjustments.

“This was a very difficult decision. I’m grateful to all our employees for the service they provide in our community. Every action we’ll be taking in the weeks ahead will bring us one step closer to welcoming employees back to work, and welcoming the public back to our facilities,” said Chief Administrative Officer James Thackray.

Most of the affected employees had been working in the Town’s recreation facilities, and the majority of the affected employees were working casual or part-time hours. The Town will continue to provide support to these employees through its Employee Family Assistance Program. The temporary layoffs will also allow impacted employees to apply for assistance made available by the Government of Canada.

The Town continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation so that affected services can be resumed as soon as it is safe for employees and the public. The Town of Strathmore remains committed to providing essential services to residents and businesses during this unprecedented emergency.

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