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Instructions — Closure and Layoffs

Update of March 26

Canada – CERB versus Employment Insurance

We continue to gather information regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) versus Employment Insurance. As soon as we have confirmation from our resource-people at Service Canada, we will inform you. At this time, we still advise you to apply for Employment Insurance as soon as possible.

Update of March 25


Today, the Government of Canada announced the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help workers and businesses. See the news release. We will be monitoring the situation closely to provide you with more information if necessary.

Update of March 24

Location in Mississauga, ON

Canam’s Mississauga plant remains open as its operations are currently considered essential by the Government of Ontario. Social distancing guidelines of 2 metres as well as hygiene measures continue to apply for the protection of all colleagues.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Statement

For all of our colleagues, as well as those on temporary layoff, it is important to notify your local Human Resources Manager if you or a family member were to receive a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. This will allow us to take the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Thank you for your cooperation.

The situation in Quebec

Canam Group temporarily ceases its manufacturing activities in Quebec as of today except for a strict minimum of operations to support activities considered essential and this, in compliance with and in the spirit of government regulations. The health and safety of colleagues will be at the forefront and the 2-metre social distance and hygiene measures will continue to apply for the protection of all colleagues.

Update of March 23

Closure of Quebec Workplaces by the Government

As of midnight on March 24, we are obliged to close our locations and jobsites in Quebec. 

Canam Group understands the Quebec government’s proactive decision. It is important that everyone act collectively to limit the spread of the virus. Canam’s colleagues are important, and as soon as we are authorized to resume operations, we will be happy to see you all back at work. In the meantime, we are keeping an eye on the government directives and will keep you informed via the website. We will confirm here the official date of return to work.

For production employees, please ensure that your phone numbers are up to date in our systems. To make a change, contact your local Human Resources Department by phone or email. Specific instructions may be sent to you in this manner. 


A Record of Employment will be issued for production employees starting the week of March 30.

For office employees with access to telework, your supervisors will get back to you with instructions within the next 48 to 72 hours. For those who do not have access to telework, a Record of Employment will be issued.


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Ontario Locations

Early this afternoon, Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, announced the closure of all non-essential businesses for a period of 14 days starting at 11:59 pm on Tuesday evening. Premier Ford announced that the Ontario government will give clarity to which businesses will remain open in a press release tomorrow. Canam will give guidance tomorrow once the provincial government gives direction and certainty to this situation.

Other Canadian Provinces and the United States

No instructions have been issued to date for these locations. We continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.