Apr 28, 2021
By Christine Ross
After months of pressure, Ontario has announced a paid sick day program making employers pay workers up to $200 a day for up to three days. The program, to be administered through the Workplace Insurance and Safety Board is retroactive to April 19 and will end on September 25.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the province will reimburse employers up to $200 a day for what they pay out through the program. McNaughton calls it a game changer, despite his government refusing earlier opposition calls for sick days.
“We’ve seen in the last couple of weeks pieces of legislation coming forward for 10 days, 14 days of paid sick days but those pieces of legislation squarely put the burden on the backs of small businesses,” said McNaughton.
The measure will help workers take time off to self-isolate and address workplace outbreaks of COVID-19.
Last week, Premier Doug Ford promised the province would implement its own sick-leave program after criticizing the federal government for not enhancing its Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit.
This new plan includes provisions to allow people time off to get vaccinated.