(Fort McMurray, April 15, 2020) - The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) has moved forward with an Income Bridging Support Program in the form of the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) program.

Effective April 17, 2020, the majority of employees are being transferred to the SUB program and will receive 80% of their salary or regular income, through employment insurance and a top-up contribution provided by the RRC. Employees transferred to the SUB program will no longer report to work and will continue to have access to their health and dental benefits during this time.

“With the closures to all of the facilities we operate, there has been significant impact on our operating revenues as expected. Adopting an Income Bridging Support Program provides the RRC and its employees stability for the time being and will allow for sustained operations beyond this pandemic,” says Graig Walsh, RRC CEO. “We have weighed all the possible options as a team and this program is our best choice for the organization, RRC staff and the community. We know these times are challenging for all and we appreciate the work that our team is doing and their continued flexibility as we all navigate these unprecedented circumstances.”

Eligible RRC regular full-time, part-time and exempt staff will be transferred to the Income Bridging Support Program, and 35 employees will remain fully employed to ensure facilities are operating, safe and maintained during the public closures. The RRC’s Senior Leadership Team will continue to report to work as part of those 35 positions while reducing regular pay to 80% in lockstep with SUB program. RRC facilities closed to the public on March 14, 2020.

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Information regarding Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) from the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/ei-employers-supplemental-unemployment-benefit.html