Paid sick leave extended by Ford government

Program was to expire Sept. 25

A three-day paid sick leave program brought in by the Ontario government and due to expire on Sept. 25 of this year will carry over until Dec. 31, 2021.

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said in a statement the decision to extend the program comes in response to “new data showing the Delta variant is spreading faster and is more transmissible.”

“In addition to ensuring no one would lose their job due to COVID-19, in April, we introduced new measures to ensure that workers do not lose pay if they need to stay home for reasons related to the pandemic, such as self-isolating, going to get tested and waiting for results, or getting vaccinated,” McNaughton wrote.

The program was introduced by the province in April and requires employers to pay employees up to $200 per day for three days.

Full and part-time employees can access the program.

The province partnered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to deliver the program and reimburse employers.