Town of Midland announces temporary layoffs, staff redeployments due to ongoing lockdown

Changes will remain in effect until at least March 15

The Town of Midland has found new assignments for seven employees and will be laying off three temporary workers as the provincial COVID-19 lockdown continues.

The moves come after a review of staffing needs in Operations and at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (NSSRC).

“Through this review we were able to identify staff who had the skills and abilities to help serve the municipality in other areas. As a result, we will be redeploying six full time NSSRC employees and one temporary Operations employee to other opportunities until at least March 15, 2021,” said CAO David Denault. “While use of our ice and gym are presently restricted, the NSSRC does remain available to our tenants who are able to operate during the current restrictions. While some of our staff must remain in their positions to maintain and prepare the facility, it presented the opportunity to shift some staff to current areas of need for the Town.”

Redeployed employees will assist in several areas, including:

  • Public Ambassador in support of By-law – to provide education regarding COVID-19 lockdown/emergency restrictions
  • Research assistance for Planning
  • Sidewalk clearing operations
  • Maintenance/cleaning of secondary work facilities – in accordance with Town COVID Safety Plans to maintain cohorts of essential employees

“With vaccines being administered there is hope in sight that a recovery will happen this year, and with that we look forward to returning to a more normal operational environment. One that our residents expect,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn.