Kitchener-Waterloo

City of Kitchener lays off 842 workers

The City of Kitchener has laid off 842 temporary, casual and part-time employees. 

They will return to work when normal operations resume, city says

842 workers with the City of Kitchener have been put on what's called temporary Declared Emergency Leave. That means they will stay on the record as employees of the city and will return to their jobs once the city opens for business. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

The City of Kitchener says it has temporarily laid off 842 temporary, casual and part-time employees. 

Another 82 seasonal workers won't begin their jobs as originally planned.

In a statement, the city said its finances have been affected by COVID-19 and by the extended closure of facilities until May 4.

"We do not have work to provide to the employees who normally deliver them," the statement said.

The workers have been put on what's called temporary Declared Emergency Leave. That means they will stay on the record as employees of the City of Kitchener and will return to their jobs once the city re-opens for business.

The city says it will help support affected employees in applying for the federal government's Canada Emergency Response Benefit.