B.C. Employees Get Five Days of Paid Sick Leave

Starting January 2022, all workers in B.C. will be eligible for a minimum of five days of sick leave paid by their employer. British Columbia becomes the first province in Canada to legislate this level of paid leave for employees to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages. This new workplace protection applies to all workers covered by the Employment Standards Act, including part-time workers.

“Beginning in the new year, workers will no longer lose pay for making the responsible choice of taking a sick day,” said Premier John Horgan. “The pandemic has highlighted that when workers don’t have paid sick leave, it’s bad for them, it’s bad for their co-workers and it’s bad for their employers.”

More than one million workers in B.C. do not currently have access to paid sick leave, mostly those in low-wage jobs.

In May, the province gave all B.C. workers a temporary paid sick leave for up to three days, until December 31, 2021, to support those affected by COVID-19. To support businesses that do not already provide paid sick leave, government is reimbursing employers up to $200-a-day per worker, to help cover their employees’ wages for the COVID-19 paid sick leave.

 

Read more at the B.C. government’s website.