VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Nearly 1,500 people who work for the City of Vancouver have been laid off in the wake of municipal facilities being shut down due to the coronavirus.
In a statement, the city says these layoffs as “temporary workforce reductions.”
.@CityofVancouver confirms there have been 1,500 temporary layoffs to date because of #COVID19/public health emergency. Affected workers will get their original jobs back when things re-open. They'll be paid for 42 days/benefits for three months. Details on @NEWS1130.
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) April 2, 2020
Workers will continue be paid for 42 days of work, and benefits will continue for three months.
“Community centres, theatres and libraries have been significantly impacted. This is a temporary situation exclusively due to the COVID pandemic,” the statement says.
Laid-off workers will be rehired for their positions when city services and facilities reopen.