The city decided to close all its non-essential facilities, including its recreation centres, to the public last week. File photo

City of Abbotsford lays off more than 100 recreation workers

Contract workers laid off, but promises to rehire after COVID-19 crisis passes

Tthe City of Abbotsford has laid off more than 100 contract workers employed in its now-closed recreation centres.

The city closed its recreation facilities on March 16.

In a press release issued Wednesday morning (March 25), the city said about 115 such contractors would be provided with records of employment. Like all other workers laid off due to COVID-19-related business closures, the workers will be eligible to apply for employment insurance and other benefits. Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $2,000 monthly benefit for all those who aren’t working because of COVID-19.

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The press release said the city “will continue to maintain contact with these workers to ensure there can be an efficient transition back to work when the health emergency comes to a close” and that it “is committed to maintaining a high level of essential services for residents through the entire COVID-19 event.

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