Ontario announces paid sick leave plan to control COVID-19 transmission

TORONTO – Under pressure, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has announced it will offer its own paid sick leave program to help prevent the spread of COVID – 19 in essential workplaces.

Named the Ontario Govt-19 Labor Income Protection Benefit on Wednesday, the program was announced by Labor, Training and Skills Development Minister Monte McNaughton and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvi.

If passed, employers will have to pay workers up to $ 200 a day for three days if they are sick or need to be vaccinated.

McNaughton said the plan does not require sick notes and workers do not have to fill out any forms or applications.

Instead, the employer will pay the employee out of pocket and will be reimbursed by the province through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Similarly, the government says it will continue to work with Ottawa to “double” the federal-compulsory Canada Recovery Disease Benefit (CRSP) from $ 500 to $ 1,000. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet agreed.

The Ontario Govt-19 Workers’ Income Protection Benefit is effective again from April 19, which runs until September 25.

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Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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