Service Canada

Site: Barrie

Service: Employment Insurance - Work Sharing

Record #: BAR1485
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024
Last Full Update: 31 Jan 2023


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
Toll Free Phone 1-800-622-6232
TTY Phone 1-800-926-9105
Social Media Twitter:


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


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

Legal Status (40) Federal Government
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


Service Categories Employment Insurance