BC Employer Paid Sick Leave

Permanent employer-paid sick leave in British Columbia

The BC government has signaled it will introduce permanent employer-paid sick leave in January 2022 for any personal illness and injury, and this will replace any provincial COVID related leave for employees. The BC government recently released a survey that presents a range of possible models for the new paid sick leave entitlement.

On top of the three unpaid days of illness/injury leave which is already in place in BC, the three possible models include:
  • Option A: Establish a minimum of 3 employer-paid days per year for illness/injury leave
  • Option B: Establish a minimum of 5 employer-paid days per year for illness/injury leave
  • Option C: Establish a minimum of 10 employer-paid days per year for illness/injury leave

Methodology: BC Sick Leave survey

To understand how BC small business owners feel about the plan proposed by the BC government to introduce permanent employer-paid sick leave, CFIB sent out survey to all its BC members on October 12, 2021. The survey was cut off on November 16, 2021 and received a total of 1,160 responses from business owners across BC.

For comparison purposes, a probability sample with the same number of respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Results obtained so far are preliminary.

Key Results

  • Nearly 2 in 3 BC SMEs do not support the implementation of permanent, employer paid sick leave in any capacity. This figure is highest among hospitality businesses (84%).
  • In addition to increased costs associated with implementation of the policy, BC SMEs are concerned about:
    • Abuse of the policy (79%)
    • A diminished benefits offering for fulltime employees (47%)
    • Difficulty filling required shifts (42%)
  • A majority of BC SMEs (60%) support providing permanent, employer paid sick leave to full-time
  • There is limited support for part time (22%), contract (5%), casual (5%), and workers under 18 (21%).

Read the full report.


Related documents

Release Date Report Download
November 2021 BC Employer Paid Sick Leave: Key results from May-November 2021 PDF


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