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COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Program

by | Apr 30, 2021 | HRLive, Ontario, Partners | 0 comments

As  you have likely heard on the news, the Provincial government has confirmed access to three  paid sick days for Ontario workers impacted by COVID-19 under the
Worker Income Protection Program.

Key takeaways include: 

  1. This is a temporary program and is only available for absences due to Covid-19 reasons (those experiencing symptoms, an illness related to Covid, those self-isolating, or taking time off work to get a vaccine or to deal with symptoms arising from vaccination).
  2. The program will come to an end on September 25th.
  3. Workers are not eligible for this program if their employer provides paid sick days already (presumably, three or more paid sick days).
  4. Employers will be required to pay the sick days directly to their staff but will be reimbursed 100% of the employee’s wage (up to $200 a day).
  5. The reimbursement program will be administered by the WSIB (though you do not have to be an employer covered by WSIB).
  6. Further details, including reimbursement applications for employers will be updated here,
    https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-worker-income-protection-benefit.

Workers who must remain off work for Covid-reasons, for periods of time longer than 3-days, remain eligible for the Federal government’s Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program for up to $500 weekly.
The new Ontario program announced above dovetails with the existing CRSB which provides a further two weeks of paid benefits.  More information about the CRSB program can be found here,

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-sickness-benefit.html
 

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