City of Barrie temporarily laying off about 470 part-time recreational and theatre staff

Layoffs come in response to COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily claimed hundreds of part-time jobs at the City of Barrie.

With the closure of community centres and theatres, about 470 part-time recreation and theatre positions have been cut until operation of these facilities resume. As well, with the City providing free bus service, the part-time transit clerk positions have also been notified of the layoffs.

“These are truly unprecedented times, and the city is faced with the tough choices of how we operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laying off members of our staff team is not a decision we took lightly,” says Michael Prowse, Chief Administration Officer.  “Our main goal is to keep our employees safe and healthy and get them back to work as soon as responsibly possible. In the meantime, the City will continue to follow the mandates set by the Province and provide critical services to the community.”

The City of Barrie remains committed to providing the essential services citizens rely on every day as the organization continues responding to this unprecedented situation. The City will continue to evaluate and monitor service levels.