Transat Says It Will Recall All Employees Using Federal Wage Subsidy Program

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Jean-Marc Eustache

Transat says it will make use of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to rehire 4,000 employees who are currently temporarily laid off. 

"Temporarily laying off a large majority of our employees was a necessary but heartbreaking decision," said Transat President and CEO, Jean-Marc Eustache. 

"We are very pleased today to be able to offer them this opportunity. Our employees are Transat's greatest asset and I hope this will bring them some comfort in the face of a situation that is so distressing for all of us." 

On March 23, Transat announced the temporary layoff of 70% of its staff when it was forced to temporarily suspend its flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional layoffs followed, eventually totalling 80% of its workforce being laid off. 

Transat employees will not be required to work as part of their recall.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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