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Calgary lays of 1,200 workers as it closes facilities, suspends programs


March 31, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

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Calgary is laying off about 1,200 workers as it closes facility and suspends programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Taking these steps allows impacted employees to apply for supports made available by the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada during this difficult time,” said City Manager David Duckworth. “This is not an action we wanted to take but one we needed to, as the effects of COVID-19 continue to have significant impacts on citizens, City services and our employees.”

Employees in these work areas include:

  • swim instructors
  • arena and athletic park staff
  • aquatics and fitness staff

The city is working with impacted employees to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect while adhering to relevant collective agreements, it said

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“I’d like to personally thank these employees for their dedicated service to Calgarians,” said Duckworth. “I look forward to the time when we are able to reopen our facilities and restore impacted services, so we can bring our valued employees back to work.”