Layoffs at BRP and Waterville TG

Layoffs at BRP and Waterville TG
Layoffs at BRP and Waterville TG

According to a notice of massive layoffs dated April 3, BRP’s Valcourt plant was preparing to lay off 24 employees and that of Sherbrooke, 10. Figures have since been revised downwards, since 23 layoffs were carried out.

“As we announced in our last financial results, we are entering the new financial year with a cautious approach and we have made staffing adjustments in order to manage our expenses and costs according to our expected revenues,” indicates the head of corporate and global public relations, spokesperson Émilie Proulx.

At the end of the quarter on January 31, dealer inventories were up 36% compared to the same period in 2023, as production was running at full speed during COVID given demand.

BRP therefore announced a 30% reduction in personnel for snowmobiles assembled in Valcourt, which is equivalent to 300 employees.

Note that the Valcourt plant assembles snowmobiles seven months a year and Can-Am Spyder type vehicles five months a year.

“We mainly focused on eliminating vacant positions,” adds the BRP spokesperson. Unfortunately, some professionals have been affected by these difficult decisions, in Quebec and elsewhere in the world. However, the figures were revised downward following the sending of notices to the authorities. The actual figure is 23 employees for Sherbrooke and Valcourt out of a total of more than 5,000 employees in Quebec. We would like to sincerely thank them for their constant and dedicated work.”

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Waterville TG announced 13 employee layoffs in April. (Marie-Lou Béland/Archives La Tribune)

At Waterville TG, the company manufacturing rubber seals for the automotive industry announced on April 10 13 layoffs for economic reasons.

It was impossible to reach a member of management or the union at Waterville TG to comment on the bad news.

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