The Ontario government has announced they will be mandating three paid sick days and has offered to boost the federal sick-leave program to $1,000 per week to those eligible. "The employer should pay upfront and get expeditiously reimbursed by the provincial government".
The recent COVID-19 death of a 13-year-old Brampton, Ont., girl whose father is an essential worker renewed calls for an Ontario program. 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.
This would see people who are sick receive at least $1,000 a week while away from work in addition to the $200 per day they'd get for a three-day COVID absence. It is a tremendously positive step that the federal government has signaled their willingness to continue discussions on the CRSB.
The advisory table looked into how the temporary paid sick leave program instituted by the USA helped control the spread of COVID-19. "And that the payments actually run through employers, and the worker doesn't have to apply", Dr. Peter Juni said in an interview with CP24 Wednesday evening.
During today's Question Period, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government will be helping provinces set up their own paid sick leave programs. This requires some translation, as Ontario has legislated sick leave; it simply isn't paid (and won't be until the government amends the Employment Standards Act).
The province has also offered to provide funding to the federal government to double Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit payments to Ontario residents, adding an additional $500 per week to eligible individuals for a total of $1,000 per week.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said it's clear the federal government had "rebuffed" the province's request.
People can collect to treat COVID-19 or symptoms including mental health as well as time off to get vaccinated.
Marie Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce support the notion of a temporary paid sick program that is paid for by government for the duration of the pandemic.
"The government didn't have their backs and I would argue that they don't now".
Ford said last week that the program would fill the gaps in the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) that isolating workers need to apply weekly for.
Experts warned that without proper paid sick days, community transmission of COVID-19 would remain high in Ontario due to the prevalence of outbreaks at essential workplaces. "No matter how much they are trying to rewrite history we all remember when Doug Ford said he didn't agree with federal plan". That's been said by public-health experts, unions, mayors, and councillors, and it was largely dismissed by the provincial government until two weeks ago.
"We know that other jurisdictions have done much better and this government could have done better but chose not to and people will still have to make really hard decisions because three days of paid sick leave is not enough if you are battling with COVID-19". Too late to stop COVID-19 from getting out of control.