Workers infected with COVID-19 in Ontario will now be eligible for three days of illness and may receive an increased federal benefit.
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Under pressure for weeks and under close scrutiny from opposition parties on the issue, Doug Ford’s government on Wednesday announced the terms of its sick leave program, which will be retroactive until April 19.
Under the program, the government will reimburse employers up to $ 200 a day for three days of sick leave.
This way, employees who are infected with the virus or who have symptoms will be able to take time off. The program also aims to reach workers with mental health problems associated with the pandemic.
In addition, if the bill is passed by Ontario MPs, the provincial government intends to pay money to Ottawa so that the federal government doubles the amount allocated by the Canadian Sickness Benefit for Economic Recovery (PCMRE).
Remember, PCMRE, introduced last fall, allows Canadian workers who are absent from work due to COVID-19 to receive $ 500 per week for a maximum of four weeks.
If Ottawa approves the plan, Ontario employees can receive $ 1,000 a week.
According to Global News sources, Queen’s Park estimates that the measure will cost between $ 750 and $ 1.5 billion.
Tackling COVID-19 in workplaces in Ontario is high on the agenda, while health organizations in the Greater Toronto area are forcing businesses to close as soon as five cases are identified. Despite this, many jobs remain affected, as evidenced by the case of the Canada Post sorting center in Mississauga, where 80 employees were quarantined due to an outbreak this week.