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COVID-19 – Cancellation of the Spring Session of the Culture and Recreation Program
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
COVID-19 – Cancellation of the Spring Session of the Culture and Recreation Program

Gatineau, March 31, 2020. – In order to comply with the Government's instructions on measures to reduce the propagation of COVID-19, Gatineau has had to cancel its spring culture and recreation program.

Quick facts

Gatineau's focus is first and foremost on public health and on complying with the Government's decisions.
Schools will not reopen before May 1. The centre sportif, libraries and pools remains closed until further notice.
As of March 15, Gatineau had already cancelled registrations for activities, without knowing whether it would be possible to resume the season.
It is now impossible to resume the season because it takes at least 30 days before activities can start, which would bring us to the end of it.
In addition, given that the swimming programs requires a minimum of six classes to pass a level, it is impossible to cut back the length of a session.
As a result of this cancellation, Gatineau has no choice but to reduce its staff.
- Thus, it will temporarily lay off 400 casual employees and 175 indeterminate employees in the aquatics sector.
- It is estimated that these temporary lay-offs are an exceptional measure due to the current situation with COVID-19.
It should be noted that this is a temporary lay-off, and all affected employees maintain their employment contract with Gatineau.
The lay-offs are effective April 11, 2020, and the individuals in questions will continue to be paid until that time.
Gatineau may recall those employees depending on resumption of municipal activities, eventual requirements and public health instructions.
Gatineau is taking this situation seriously, and is aware that its decision will have financial repercussions for the individuals concerned.
Gatineau will provide the people who are laid off any information they need to obtain income replacement benefits or monetary compensation from the Government.
Gatineau is continuing to work closely with the union locals on managing the situation and in anticipation of the resumption of activities.
As a reminder, the spring session was scheduled to take place from April 4 to May 29.
In regard to the next session, Gatineau is currently reviewing the situation and will make its decisions as the opportune time.

Associated links

Government of Quebec

COVID-19 (Ville de Gatineau Web site)

Culture and Recreation Program

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Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 292 000 habitants. Elle est située sur la rive nord de la rivière des Outaouais, et s'étend à l'est et à l'ouest de la rivière Gatineau.

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