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Work sharing program – Temporary special measures in response to the slowdown of activities in the forestry sector due to COVID-19

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Government of Canada

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Work-Sharing agreements fall under the COVID-19 temporary special measures. The Government of Canada has extended these measures to September 26, 2021. During the Special Measures, there are changes to this program and this page is not accurate at the moment.

Consult the Work-Sharing Program – COVID-19

Temporary special work sharing (WS) measures for workers and employers in the forestry sector are in effect July 30, 2017 to March 28, 2020.


Your company has been directly or indirectly affected by the slowdown in the forestry sector and you have:

  • Signed a work sharing agreement that ended between October 30, 2016 and July 29, 2017;
  • Entered into a work sharing agreement that was or will be signed between July 30, 2017 and March 28, 2020 (the date of the start of the agreement should be no later than March 29, 2020); or
  • Entered into a work sharing agreement that will start or end between July 30, 2017 and March 28, 2020.

Applicant guide available here.

Some conditions apply.

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