Ontario Extending COVID-19 Paid Sick DaysPublished on December 08, 2021
Nothing is more important than keeping Ontario’s workers safe.
That’s why we are extending the Worker Income Protection Benefit, which provides paid sick days, until July 31, 2022.
Employees can continue to access this paid leave if they need miss work to get tested, vaccinated, self-isolate, or care for a family member. This extension will also help more people take time off to booster shots and help more parents take their children to get vaccinated.
The government’s program has already helped over 235,000 people stay home due to COVID-19 or get vaccinated without worrying about losing pay. To support employers, we will continue to reimburse employers for these paid days.
With the extension of the program, employers will have 120 days after their employees are paid to submit their application to the Worker Income Protection Benefit Program.
Employers and workers can call the program’s dedicated hotline at 1-888-999-2248 or visit www.ontario.ca/COVIDworkerbenefit to get more information and updates about Ontario’s paid sick days.
With the majority of people in Ontario now vaccinated, our province is in a better position than before and we must continue to protect this progress by taking all the steps necessary to support employees and businesses and keep our economy strong.