Province says workers should start receiving pandemic pay in early June

There are two kinds of pandemic pay you may be eligible for

There’s an update for frontline workers promised pandemic pay back in April by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

The Ontario government says ministries will start sending details to employers this week and workers should receive pandemic pay starting in early June.

There are two kinds of pandemic pay you may be eligible for; a temporary top-up based on your hourly wages and monthly lump sum payments.


There are two kinds of pandemic pay you may be eligible for; a temporary top-up based on your hourly wages and monthly lump sum payments.
If you are eligible, you will receive a $4 per hour pay bump on top of your existing hourly wages

If you are eligible, you will receive a $4 per hour pay bump on top of your existing hourly wages, regardless of how much you already make. That money will be automatically included on your paycheck.

If you work at least 100 hours in a designated four-week period, you will also be eligible to receive an additional lump sum payment of $250 for that period.

The designated four-week periods are:

  • April 24, 2020 to May 21, 2020
  • May 22, 2020 to June 18, 2020
  • June 19, 2020 to July 16, 2020
  • July 17, 2020 to August 13, 2020

This means you may receive up to a total of $1,000 in lump-sum payments over these 16 weeks.



Employees who are eligible

Health care and long-term care:

Eligible workplaces include acute hospitals, long-term care homes (private, municipal and not-for-profit), licensed retirement homes, and home and community care.

Eligible workers include:

  •  Personal support workers
  •  Registered nurses
  •  Registered practical nurses
  •  Nurse practitioners
  •  Attendant care workers
  •  Auxiliary staff, including:
  •  Porters, cook, custodian, housekeeping, laundry facilities and other key workers.
  •  Developmental services workers
  •  Mental health and addictions workers

Social services:

Eligible workplaces include homes supporting people with developmental disabilities, intervenor residential sites, Indigenous healing and wellness facilities or shelters, shelters for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking, youth justice residential facilities, licensed children’s residential sites, directly operated residential facility, emergency shelters, supportive housing facilities, respite/drop-in centres, temporary shelter facilities, and hotels and motels used for self-isolation and/or shelter overflow.

Eligible workers include:

  •  Direct support workers (e.g. developmental service workers, staff in licensed children’s residential sites, in-take/outreach workers)
  •  Clinical staff
  •  Housekeeping staff
  •  Security staff
  •  Administration personnel
  •  Maintenance staff
  •  Food service workers
  •  Nursing staff

Corrections:

Eligible workplaces include adult correctional facilities and youth justice facilities in Ontario.

Eligible workers include:

  •  Correctional officers
  •  Youth services officers
  •  Nurses
  •  Healthcare staff
  •  Social workers
  •  Food service
  •  Maintenance staff
  •  Programming personnel
  •  Administration personnel
  •  Institutional liaison officers
  •  TRILCOR personnel
  •  Native inmate liaison officers
  •  Chaplains

Ontario Public Service Employees Union staff:

  •  Respiratory therapists
  •  Paramedics
  •  Public health nurses
  •  All addictions and mental health workers who, in a congregate setting, serve the same functions as workers in acute-care hospital settings previously noted as receiving pandemic pay.

Find out if you are eligible