Ontario announces paid sick leave plan

By Canadian Press	
	 		Nova Scotia under lockdown while Ontario takes steps to relieve strained hospitals

By Canadian Press Nova Scotia under lockdown while Ontario takes steps to relieve strained hospitals

On Wednesday, the provincial government announced a plan to provide three paid sick days through a temporary program that would end in September.

The sick days would not need to be taken consecutively and no sick note is required.

The program will be retroactive to April 19, 2021, and will remain in effect until September 25, 2021.

"How do we ensure that our workers can stay home when they're sick and at the same time they don't lose pay?" In a statement, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said they are continue to discuss the province's top-up of the program with the federal government. "Now we can fix the outstanding gap in the federal program so workers can get immediate support and can stay home when needed". But Ottawa simply can not solve the problems that come with the Tories' insistence on using a federal program to do what should be done by provincial labour legislation.

The Trudeau government has rejected an offer from Ontario to top up the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit for Ontario workers. "We know that other jurisdictions have done much better".

Effectively, employers will be administering the paid sick leave to employees, but will be reimbursed for this cost by the government.

"We're not at the time where we can just throw paid sick days out at random".

Trudeau says Ottawa has been in talks with Ontario but stressed that such leave should be delivered directly through employers.

The official, granted anonymity to discuss matters not made public yet, said that where the doses are coming from is not being disclosed because the government needs to "protect this new vaccine supply chain". The move would give $1,000 a week to eligible workers, he wrote.

Only two provinces have paid sick leave.

Dr. Michael Warner, head of critical care at Michael Garron Hospital, posted a video to Twitter breaking down the numbers and highlighting how paid sick days would directly impact the family of one of his patients.

Ontario is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to hotspot residents age 45 and up as of Tuesday morning.

This proposed legislation requires employers provide employees with up to $200 of pay for up to three days as a result of COVID-19.

Ontario reported 3,480 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 24 more deaths linked to the virus.

Singh claims the quickest way to deal with this is through the feds.

Tony Singh, owner of the grocery chain Fruiticana, which has 15 stores in B.C. and three in Alberta, said over a third of his 60 warehouse employees have been in quarantine and he paid them all two weeks' wages while they were off.

Bonnie Lysyk cited poor ministry oversight and a severe staffing shortage that existed even before the pandemic struck, saying both the provincial government and nursing-home sector had not heeded lessons from the SARS epidemic.

That was scrapped by the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford.

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