- going for a COVID 19 test
- staying home awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test
- being sick with COVID 19
- going to get vaccinated
- experiencing a side effect of a COVID 19 vaccination
- having been advised to self-isolate due to COVID 19 by an employer, medical practitioner or other authority
- taking care of a dependent who is:
- sick with COVID 19 or has symptoms
- self-isolating due to COVID 19
The program allows for three paid sick days to be paid by the employer and reimbursed through WSIB (workers' compensation) up to $200.00 per day.
The program will be retroactive to April 19th, 2021.
Employers will be required to pay employees up to $200.00 a day for up to three days.
The three days would not have to be taken consecutively.
The three days of paid leave would only be available to employees who:
- are covered by the Employment Standards Act (independent contractors or federally regulated employees would not qualify for these days).
- do not already receive paid sick time through their employer.
Please review the employee status link.
As per government: "an employee may be required to provide evidence that is reasonable in the circumstances, for entitlement to the leave. Employers cannot require an employee provide a certificate from a doctor or nurse as evidence".
We have been assured that this will not affect WSIB premiums or their budget.
The government will cover administrative costs of the program in addition to the payouts to businesses.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work at least 50% of their scheduled work week, because they are either:
- sick with COVID 19
- need to self-isolate due to COVID 19
- have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk for COVID 19
Please note: ** If the employee takes even one of the paid sick days, they are not eligible for the CRSB for that week.**
Employees are not entitled to the paid sick days if they are receiving paid leave from their employer for the same period or if they are receiving any of the following benefits
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
- short-term disability benefits
- Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
- Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits