Amendments to the Employment Standards Act will provide workers with three days of paid sick leave related to COVID-19 until December 31, 2021; and will create a permanent paid sick leave for workers who cannot work due to any personal illness or injury.
To better support workers during the pandemic, amendments to the Employment Standards Act will bring in three days of paid COVID-19 sick leave for people who are sick with COVID-19 or are waiting for a test result and need to self isolate. Employers will be required to pay workers their full wages and the Province will reimburse employers who do not currently provide paid sick leave their costs up to $200 per day per worker.
The legislation will also create a permanent paid sick leave for workers who cannot work due to any illness or injury beginning January 1, 2022. The number of paid sick days and other supports will be determined following consultations with the business community, labour organizations, Indigenous partners, and other stakeholders.