BC – Temporary Layoff Variance – CEWS Program Extension

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In BC, the layoff period is remaining at 24 weeks ending August 30th, UNLESS an application is made for a temporary layoff variance.

Without this variance, the employment relationship will be permanently severed as of August 30th and eligible employees must be provided any severance they are owed as a result of termination.

The province has setup an online portal where employers and workers can apply jointly to the Employment Standards Branch for a further temporary layoff variance.

To extend a “COVID-19 emergency layoff” applications must be received by the August 25th deadline.

For full details click here.



The BC Government is also hosting a webinar August 5th for those employers and employees interested in understanding the rules around temporary layoffs and variances as a result of COVID-19.

Topics will include:

  • What is a temporary layoff?
  • When is an employee considered laid off?
  • When does a temporary layoff become a termination of employment?
  • Requirements specific to temporary layoff variances.

And more!  Dates and times – August 5, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

To register CLICK HERE


Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will now be extended until December 19th, 2020.

CEWS protects jobs by assisting employers keep their employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire those workers previously laid-off.  The subsidy will help workers transition back to their jobs and support businesses as they increase revenues.

Read about it here

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