OC Transpo has confirmed the Ottawa transit company will begin notifying its employees of upcoming layoffs.

By Aug. 3, 345 employees will receive layoff notices, as the service transitions to Stage 1 of the city’s light rail transit project.

A memo from transit chief John Manconi and OC Transpo states:

"Since 2016, OC Transpo has been committed to ensuring the workforce adjustment is implemented in a transparent and respectful manner. Management has worked collaboratively with Union partners, Human Resources and Labour Relations to develop strategies to offset the number of impacted employees. These have included promoting employment opportunities relating to the O-Train Line 1, as well as leaving vacancies unfilled where operationally feasible".

OC Transpo says the affected employees will continue to work during their notice period and the affected jobs will be terminated by December 1.