COVID-19: City of Ottawa places more than 4,000 employees on unpaid leave of absence
What you need to know, at a glance
- The City of Ottawa has temporarily placed more than 4,000 part-time employees on an unpaid leave of absence
- Bylaw officers issue 43 tickets over the weekend
- Unlikely Canada Day celebrations to go ahead in Ottawa, says mayor
- City of Ottawa facility, program and service closures currently in place will be extended until June 30
- 25 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, now six deaths reported; 132 deaths and 4,347 confirmed cases in Ontario
- OC Transpo announces one of its red-vest ambassadors tests posted for COVID-19
- Ontario testing backlog down to 329 Monday from 981 the day before
- Medical supplies in Ontario nearing ‘very low’ levels
- New one-time payment to help cover cost of keeping children at home
- Some 240,000 have already successfully applied for the new CERB as of mid-Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says
- Trudeau says he’s confident shipments of personal protective medical gear from the United States will continue to arrive in Canada
- Canada’s top public-health doctor says wearing masks is a way for people who might have COVID-19 without realizing it to keep from spreading the illness to others
The City of Ottawa has temporarily placed more than 4,000 part-time employees on an unpaid leave of absence due to a lack of work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This negotiated agreement ensures that staff are not laid off,” said the city in a memo on Monday. Some 4,000 employees from the city’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department and approximately 280 employees from the Ottawa Public Library are now on declared emergency leave, under the province’s Employment Standards Act.
“These are not permanent reductions and those impact will retain their status as City of Ottawa employees. But by taking this step, the city is allowing part-time employees to apply for federal supports,” the memo said.