Ontario’s 3 Paid Sick Days

The Provincial government has confirmed access to three paid sick days for Ontario workers impacted by COVID-19 under the Worker Income Protection Program

Key takeaways include:

  1. This is a temporary program and is only available for absences due to Covid-19 reasons (those experiencing symptoms, an illness related to Covid, those self-isolating, or taking time off work to get a vaccine or to deal with symptoms arising from vaccination).
  2. The program will come to an end on September 25th, 2021.
  3. Workers are eligible for this program if they have fewer than 3-paid sick days with their employer as of April 19, 2021 (in other words, their paid sick day allowance must be increased to at least 3 days as of that date).
  4. Employers will be required to pay the sick days directly to their staff but will be reimbursed 100% of the employee’s wage (up to $200 a day).
  5. The reimbursement program will be administered by the WSIB (though you do not have to be an employer covered by WSIB).
  6.  Further details, including reimbursement applications for employers will be updated here, https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-worker-income-protection-benefit

Workers who must remain off work for Covid-reasons, for periods of time longer than 3-days, remain eligible for the Federal government’s Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program for up to $500 weekly. The new Ontario program announced above dovetails with existing CRSB benefits.  More information about the CRSB program can be found here,


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