Hundreds of GoodLife Fitness instructors across Canada are letting go, company says

Hundreds of GoodLife Fitness instructors across Canada have been fired, according to the company.

In an emailed statement to Global News, Jason Sheridan, chief operating officer of GoodLife Fitness, said the company recently “made the difficult decision to terminate the employment of 480 group fitness instructors in 189 clubs across the country”.

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“Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions on group activities, most of these instructors have not been working for the majority of the pandemic,” he said. “We recognize this is a difficult situation and are focused on supporting these individuals as they pursue other opportunities, including various vacancies at GoodLife.”

Sheridan said the pandemic restrictions “have been difficult for the fitness industry as a whole and especially for group activities.”

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“For this reason, we will not be able to expand our group fitness schedules in the near future to the point of bringing in additional instructors,” he said.

According to Sheridan, instructors were notified via their GoodLife email and received an “invitation to schedule follow-up calls” to answer any questions.

In an email to Global News, GoodLife Fitness spokesperson Adam Roberts said affected employees were notified on March 2.

On the same day, the company posted a tweet about a “national personal training webinar.”

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Roberts said “like many companies, GoodLife continues on the pandemic recovery path and currently has hundreds of other positions we are hiring for.”

“That’s where the job fair comes in,” he said. “We recognize that this is a difficult situation for those affected, and we are working to support them as they seek other opportunities, including with various vacancies at GoodLife.”

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