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Vancouver mayor counting on governments to help city re-hire 1,500 workers laid off because of COVID-19

FILE: Snow falls outside Vancouver City Hall (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Vancouver's mayor is describing the decision to temporarily lay off workers as 'a day we never thought would come'

Mayor Stewart says the 1,500 workers laid off will be re-hired as soon as possible

Hundreds of workers in other cities, including Surrey and Delta, have also been laid off

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver’s mayor is hoping 1,500 workers who’ve been laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be rehired as soon as possible.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he and the rest of the city council never thought something like this could happen, and they know the path to recovery will not be clear.

He says this situation is “just a day we never thought would come.”

“Cities across the country are facing unprecedented financial pressures. Some of them are already talking about insolvency only three weeks into this crisis.”

Stewart says that’s why he’s counting on funding relief from other levels of government, which heavily depend on work done by civic employees.

“The economic recovery will be so slow. If we’re not in place to do building permits, rezoning, the construction industry will grind to a halt. You know, we’re an important part of the supply chain that needs to be assisted.”

Hundreds of workers in other cities, including Surrey and Delta, have also been laid off.