Service Canada

Site: Barrie

Service: Employment Insurance - Work Sharing

Record #: BAR1485
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024
Last Full Update: 31 Jan 2023


Description (Service) Voluntary, Employment Insurance (EI) program designed to avert temporary layoffs by providing Employment Insurance Income Benefits to eligible clients who willingly agree to work a temporarily reduced work week
  • Work-Sharing enables employers to retain workers and avoid layoffs during temporary work slowdowns and employees are able to maintain their skills
  • a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada
  • for online service go to
  • for assistance accessing services, complete an online request at Service Request
  • for people who do not have internet access call 1-877-355-2657 Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
  • for assistance in person, make a request for an appointment by filling out the service request form at Service Request

Service Details

Public Comments No local Barrie phone number

NOTE: sign at front of building which houses Barrie Service Canada Centre says Government of Canada, 48 Owen St
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm, hours may vary
To make a request for an appointment fill out the service request form at Service Request
Areas Served Dufferin County ; Hamilton (City of) ; Niagara Region ; Northumberland County ; Peterborough (County of) ; Simcoe County ; Wellington County
Eligibility Eligible Employers
  • have been in business in Canada year-round for at least two years
  • be a private business, a publicly-held company, or a not-for-profit organization
  • demonstrate that the shortage of work is temporary and beyond their control, and is not a cyclical/recurring slowdown

  • demonstrate a recent decrease in business activity of approximately 10%
  • submit and implement a recovery plan designed to return the Work-Sharing unit(s) to normal working hours by the end of the Work-Sharing agreement
  • must be a reasonable expectation that recovery (i.e. a return to normal work hours for all participating employees) will be achieved by the end of the agreement

Eligible Employees
  • Employees being proposed for a Work-Sharing agreement must be "core employees" (i.e. year round permanent full-time or part-time employees who are required to carry out the everyday functions of normal business activity)
  • be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits
  • agree to a reduction of their normal working hours in order to share the available work
  • Consult the Work-Sharing Applicant Guide and provide employees with a copy of the Employee Annex before submitting an application, both available on-line
  • application also available online
  • mail completed application in Ontario to: Employer Program Supports, Service Canada Processing Center, PO Box 6500, Station Don Mills, Toronto ON M3C 0L4
Languages English ; French - Reception, Website, Interpretation, Programs, Publications
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Barrie Service Canada Centre
48 Owen St
Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 3H1
Intersection Owen St and Worsley St
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Contact Information

Toll Free Phone 1-800-622-6232
TTY Phone 1-800-926-9105
Social Media Twitter Twitter:
Mailing Address Barrie Service Canada Centre 
48 Owen St 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4M 3H1

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