11/25/2015 13:03 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Victorian Order of Nurses Canada shutting operations in six provinces

OTTAWA — The Victorian Order of Nurses is shutting down its operations in six provinces and cutting the size of its head office.

The non-profit organization says it will close programs in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

It has filed for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

The Ottawa-based organization says in a news release that its head office will shrink by 23 per cent.

In total, it says 352 of 6,446 employees are affected by the restructuring.

VON’s operations in Ontario and Nova Scotia, its two main service areas, are not included in the restructuring of its operations and will remain intact.

The organization says it has been a challenge for it to keep up with a growing number of clients with the resources it has.

VON Canada provides home nursing, corporate health and home support services across the country.

The Canadian Press