City of Grande Prairie cuts 60 more staff

The City of Grande Prairie announced layoffs on Tuesday involving 60 employees in the second round of mass staff retrenchment in about three weeks.

Grande Prairie City Hall

The first round of layoffs occurred on March 27, involving 330 casual and temporary employees, the majority of whom worked at city-owned recreation and event facilities, notably the Eastlink Centre and Revolution Place, which have been shut down since March 13 following the COVID-19 outbreak.

“While we all wish things could return to normal today, the reality is that we cannot continue to maintain current staffing levels while the prospect of prolonged facility closures remains,” a statement from the city said. “Unfortunately, that is why we must proceed with further layoffs today.”

At the same time, the city announced that 45 other employees whose jobs are tied to the operation of city-owned recreation facilities will be tapped to support activities at public parks that it would otherwise make hirings for during spring and summer.