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Quebecor Inc. says it has temporarily laid off 10 per cent of its workforce as it deals with the impact of COVID-19.

The Quebec-based telecommunications and media company employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.

The company says the suspension of non-essential businesses has curtailed the operations of many of its partners and led to a significant slowdown in some parts of its operations.

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Quebecor says it will top up the government assistance to cover 95 per cent of the salary of employees with an annual salary under $54,200. Those employees will also be able to take a two-week advance on their salary to cover the waiting period for government assistance.

For employees with a salary of more than $54,200, the company will top up the government assistance to cover 80 per cent of salary, up to a salary ceiling of $80,000.

Group insurance and pension plans will be maintained and it will continue making contributions if the employee continues to do so.

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