COVID-19 paid sick pay program extended to July 31

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Worker Income Protection Benefit program, which provides paid sick days, has been extended until July 31, allowing employees can continue to access this paid leave to get tested, vaccinated, self-isolate, or care for a family member. Should the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit be extended, workers in Ontario have access to the most generous paid sick days program in Canada.

In addition, the province is extending temporary changes to the Employment Standards Act that prevent temporary layoffs of non-unionized employees from becoming unwanted terminations, which can trigger payments and force businesses to close. This measure will now be extended until July 30, 2022.

“Nearly a quarter-million workers have already used our program, which is the first and most comprehensive in the country, for paid time off work,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of labour. “Our government is working for workers and ensuring they have the support they need to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Extending the COVID-19 paid leave program will ensure workers can take time off to get their booster shots and help more parents take time to get their children vaccinated. To date, the program has helped over 235,000 people stay safe without worrying about losing pay. The average number of days being claimed per employee is two. To support employers, Ontario will continue reimbursing them for providing this support to their workers.

Ontario first introduced paid COVID-19 days in April 2021 as part of the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021. Over 515,000 paid leave days have been taken by employees since the entitlement was introduced.


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