New legislation to provide ten days of paid sick leave to workers


The Government of Canada introduced a new legislation in a bid to provide ten days of paid sick leave to workers.

Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour, and David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on Friday introduced legislation that would amend the Canada Labour Code to provide ten days of paid sick leave per year to workers in the federally regulated private sector.

The legislation would also amend the Criminal Code to enhance protections for health care workers and to ensure everyone has safe and unobstructed access to health services.

“Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between staying home when they’re sick and putting food on the table. Paid sick leave will protect workers and their families, protect their jobs, and protect their workplaces. It’s an important step in the fight against COVID-19 and a necessary addition to the social safety net that organized labour has been advocating for,” said Minister O’Regan Jr.

Access to paid sick leave is key to Canada’s economic recovery and to strengthening the social safety net that Canadians rely on, the Employment and Social Development Canada said in a statement.

In 2019, the Government put in place three days of paid personal leave that federally regulated workers could use if they were sick. During the pandemic, the Government introduced the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit for workers without employer-paid sick leave, the statement said, adding that moving forward with ten days of permanent paid sick leave would protect workers’ incomes, jobs, and health as we finish the fight against COVID-19.

The Employment and Social Development Canada also added that the Government will be engaging in consultations with federally regulated employers and workers towards the implementation of this legislation.

Additionally, the Government will convene provinces, territories and other interested stakeholders to develop a national action plan to legislate paid sick leave across the country, while respecting provincial-territorial jurisdiction and clearly recognizing the unique needs of small business owners.



  1. How about first: look at what has been done to people who have had both vaccine shots ,, and can’t return to their jobs because they are high risk ( heart , lung etc: ) problems ,, there is NO coverage to help,, they must search for different employment because of covid ,, these people payed into ei for many years and now it’s exhausted,, why are you not helping them ??????


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