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Bombardier suspends non-essential work at Canadian operations


March 25, 2020
By Wings Staff


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Bombardier Business Aircraft delivered 142 jets in 2019, including 76 Challengers and 54 Globals. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier on March 24 released a statement it would immediately suspend all non-essential activities at its Canadian operations, which includes both aircraft and rail production in Ontario and Quebec. The move is in response to new requests of both provincial governments.

The production suspension, according to Bombardier’s statement, is scheduled to continue until April 26, 2020. Its employees affected by the decision will be put on temporary leave without pay.

During the temporary leave, Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare and members of the company’s senior leadership team will not be paid. In addition, members of its board have agreed to waive their remuneration as directors for the rest of 2020.

A report by the Financial Post notes this measure affects 12,400 Bombardier employees, which amounts to more than 70 per cent of its 17,600 Canadian workforce.