Why is CBC/Radio-Canada Laying Off 600 Employees?
In a significant development, CBC/Radio-Canada has made a groundbreaking announcement of laying off 600 employees nationwide at the onset of the 2024-2025 fiscal year. CEO Catherine Tait conveyed this impactful decision during a meeting on Monday, as reported by LaPresse.
CBC layoffs are anticipated to affect both union members (85%) and non-union workers (15%), with a notable impact on the French-speaking segment of the broadcaster, where a minimum of 250 positions will be eliminated. This move comes as Radio-Canada grapples with substantial budget cuts amounting to $125 million.
Catherine Tait shed light on the compelling factors behind these cuts, attributing them to inflation, intense competition from digital giants, and a decline in revenue from traditional television sources. The departure of Michel Bissonnette, the senior vice president of French Services, in October garnered attention, followed by a subsequent hiring freeze.
The news of these imminent layoffs started circulating online on Sunday, setting the stage for a transformative period in CBC/Radio-Canada’s trajectory.
Severance pay for CBC’s employees
Employees facing termination at CBC may qualify for severance pay lasting up to 24 months, subject to specific considerations. In Canada, this compensation serves as remuneration for non-unionized individuals terminated without just cause. Even in cases where termination is alleged to be for cause, there may still be a potential entitlement to full severance pay.
At Whitten & Lublin, we understand that navigating job loss or termination can be a challenging and stressful experience. Our team of seasoned employment lawyers is ready to guide you through understanding your legal options and ensuring you receive the appropriate compensation. We encourage those affected by recent layoffs in Canada to reach out for a consultation, easily arranged online or by phone at (416) 640 -2667 today.