Posted March 04, 2018 08:21:07 One of the largest operators of rural ambulance transport in Canada, Nolan Transportation Group, said Friday it is laying off 1,000 employees and will lay off nearly 500 more in a massive restructuring that will reduce its workforce by more than 10 per cent.
Nolan will close three of its four regional locations, a total of about 800 people, and move the remainder of its workforce to Ontario, according to a statement from Nolan.
The announcement comes a day after the government announced a $500-million investment in ambulance transport and distribution, which includes more than $15 million for Nolan.
Nolan’s CEO, Jeff Nolan, said the move to move its employees was inevitable given the company’s recent financial performance and the fact that its workforce is about 10 per year smaller than what it was before the consolidation.
“Nolan’s financial results have been quite strong and we’ve been investing in our infrastructure and our business,” he said in an interview.
Nolan is among the largest providers of ambulance transport service in Canada.
Nolan says it has lost about $100 million in the last four years, but added the company had saved more than half of that losses through capital investment and hiring of new employees.
Nolan said it was a difficult decision to lay off staff, but the company will continue to support its operations by increasing staff training and expanding its business.
“We’re not losing money because of it,” he added.
The company said it would begin the process of downsizing and cutting some jobs, and will continue paying its current and former employees.
The closures will be permanent.
“The workforce is being cut by 10 per percent,” Nolan said in the statement.
“This is not an easy decision.
We’ve been through some tough times in recent years, including the closure of our Aurora location in March, and our most recent financial results reflected our loss in 2017 and 2018.
We will be supporting our current employees through the process.”
The layoffs will take place in two phases, the company said.
In the first phase, Nolan will cut its workforce in half, or about 600 positions.
Nolan plans to start hiring in 2019 and will hire a new chief executive officer, CEO of business development, and head of human resources.
The next phase, which is expected to begin in early 2019, will see the company hire 100 more people, it said.
“During the transition phase, we will continue working closely with our employees and providing support to them in their transition to other positions,” Nolan added.
Nolan also announced a series of job losses.
The move will include the layoff of about 1,200 employees, it added.
“In the first two phases of this reorganization, Nolan expects to continue to invest in its infrastructure and continue to deliver value to our customers through the efficient and effective delivery of services,” Nolan’s statement said.
Nolan operates in seven provinces across Ontario, including Toronto, Windsor and Montréal.
In 2017, Nolan said its fleet had more than 6,200 members.
Nolan, which operates in about 30 towns and villages in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is part of a group of companies in Ontario that are in the process to consolidate their businesses.
The group includes Aurora Health Inc., Metro Transit Services Inc., Aurora Group Inc., the Ontario Provincial Police, and a number of other companies.
The Ontario government is in the middle of an overhaul of the provincial ambulance transport network.
Ontario’s ambulance transport operator has seen more than 4,500 ambulance transport incidents since 2011, according the province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been reviewing the safety of ambulance routes and the ability of ambulance companies to manage them, and has asked for input from the ambulance transport sector, the ministry said in a statement.
The government will consider the recommendations from the review, which are expected to be released this fall, the statement said, adding that it has invited the industry to submit its feedback by March 15.
Nolan has been a long-time proponent of expanding ambulance transport, which has helped to improve the quality of care for patients and reduce wait times.
In addition to Aurora, Nolan operates services in the Niagara region, including St. Catharines, Sault Ste.
Marie, Peterborough, and Ottawa.
Nolan provides ambulance transport to more than 1.3 million patients each year.
Nolan spokesman Jason MacDonald said the company has been able to meet the government’s demands for more efficient operations.
“All of our operators are operating efficiently and delivering the same quality of service to the patients that we deliver to,” he told CBC News.
“It’s very difficult to have an efficient operation, but we’re doing it and we’re taking advantage of our existing infrastructure.”
Nolan’s restructuring will affect more than 2,500 employees across Ontario.
Nolan employs about 2,400 people across the province, including its workforce.
Nolan recently announced a strategic plan to expand its operations across the country, with