Apr 08, 2021
By Jane Brown
Premier Doug Ford continues to tout the federal program as a way for workers to be reimbursed if they have to take time off work when feeling unwell.
But critics say the program is not financially viable because workers need to apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit after being sick and they need to have been away for a majority of days they were scheduled to work in a week. And they say, if a worker is approved, payment is not received for six to eight weeks later. Although this may not be an accurate criticism. Please consult the link below.
Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says this is a provincial responsibility and the premier needs to ensure that people don’t go to work when they might be COVID positive.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says it’s time for representatives from both the Ontario and federal governments to figure this out, “and decide once and for all, is the federal benefit adequate or not? If it isn’t, then it should be decided how it should be enhanced to make sure people feel comfortable getting vaccinated, getting tested and staying home from work when they’re sick, and the decision as to who pays for it, I don’t think the public, I don’t think the essential workers out there, they don’t care about that.”
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit pays $500 gross a week for up to four weeks for anyone required to quarantine because of COVID-19.