Paid sick leave: Does the province's plan go far enough?

Ontario Today wants your reaction to Ontario's new paid sick leave plan on Thursday's show.

Ontario Today wants your reaction to Ontario's paid sick leave plan on Thursday's show

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, right, adjusts his mask as he stands alongside Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy while announcing the provincial government's paid sick leave plan on Wednesday. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

After months of rejecting calls and deferring to a federal program, the province has now promised its own paid sick day plan. 

If the legislation is passed, the temporary program will offer:

  • Three paid sick days, paying up to $200 per day for workers who are sick, have symptoms, have a mental health issue or need to be vaccinated.
  • Retroactive to April 19.
  • Do not need to be taken consecutively and no sick note is required.

It would be administered through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and employers will be reimbursed in full, the province says. The program would end in September.

The province has also offered to cover the cost of doubling the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit payments, adding an additional $500 per week to eligible individuals, for a total of $1,000 per week.

So what do you think of the plan? It's the topic on Thursday's extended edition of Ontario TodayPaid sick leave: Does the province's plan go far enough?

CBC Radio's daily provincial call-in show is again extending to an hour-and-a-half Thursday to take your calls on the topic. Tune in to CBC Radio Thursday between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. ET, listen here or call in at 1-888-817-8995.

      Leave a comment on what you think of the paid sick leave plan below. Some of the best and most insightful will be featured throughout the show.

      With files from Shanifa Nasser, Lucas Powers


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