Canadiens players step up to help pay part-time arena staff

Mar 16 2020, 4:08 pm

A day after the Montreal Canadiens announced plans to financially support the 1,200 game-day employees, the players have stepped up too.

Canadiens and Laval Rocket employees who aren’t eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) will receive 75% of their pay by the team for cancelled games due to COVID-19. Staff who are eligible to receive EI will see enhanced insurance benefits by 40% from the organization, for a total of 95% pay (the maximum allowed by Service Canada).

“Our industry is going through a difficult time right now and our employees are being hit especially hard by recent events,” said Canadiens owner Geoff Molson in Sunday’s media release. “The Montreal Canadiens and Laval Rocket are deploying the means necessary to reduce the impact of this unique situation on our employees, whom I wish to sincerely thank for their collaboration and understanding.”

Today, the Canadiens announced that their players would bridge the remaining gap.

“The players of the Montreal Canadiens have decided to offer an additional financial contribution,” the team said.

Due to the generosity of Canadiens players, part-time arena staff will now receive full compensation for the remaining games they were supposed to be working.