BC to Create Own COVID Sick-Leave Program

BC to Create Own COVID Sick-Leave Program

Posted on April 28, 2021 at 8:40 am by Bill Roberts
BC, Community, Provincial

The Globe and Mail reported today that BC would create its own COVID sick-leave program.

British Columbia is creating its own permanent program to provide workers with sick pay as Ottawa and Ontario engage in finger-pointing over whether to enhance a temporary federal benefit meant to keep workers infected with COVID-19 from spreading the disease.

B.C. Premier John Horgan maintained that Canada should have a national sick pay program. But he said his government is dusting off plans that were roughed out last summer to build a provincial system through WorkSafeBC, the workplace health and safety regulator.

“We didn’t get the program we needed at the time we needed it from the federal government, and they’ve done a lot of great things over the past 14 months but this is not one of them,” he said.

“The B.C. government plan would not put financial pressure on business, Mr. Horgan said, but would ensure workers who don’t already have sick pay benefits can afford to stay home when feeling ill. He would not say when the new plan will be in place.”