COVID-19 paid sick leave

Workers can take 3 days of paid sick leave if they need to stay home because of COVID-19. The program is in place until December 31, 2021.

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Last updated: June 17, 2021

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I'm a worker

Effective May 20, 2021, you can take up to 3 paid sick days if you need to stay home because of COVID-19. For example:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Need to self-isolate or self-monitor
  • Following a public health order
  • Directed to stay home by your employer because of exposure risks

To take a COVID-19 sick day, a doctor's note is not required. 

Pay

You will get paid your full wage.

Hours of work

Full-time and part-time workers are eligible.

This benefit is available to workers covered under the Employment Standards Act who do not already have a paid sick leave benefits plan.


I'm an employer

Effective May 20, 2021, you are required to offer employees 3 days of paid sick leave if they need to stay home as a result of circumstances related to COVID-19.

This benefit is available to employers who have employees covered under the Employment Standards Act and who do not already offer a paid sick leave benefits plan.

Wages

You must pay employees their regular wages.


Employer Reimbursement Program

If you do not currently offer employees a sick leave, the Province will reimburse you up to $200 a day through the Employer Reimbursement Program.

You are required to pay for your employee's sick leave upfront. Then you can apply for reimbursement.

WorkSafeBC administers the program through their online services portal and sends you the reimbursement directly. 

Note: The program is not part of the workers’ compensation system and does not impact WorkSafeBC’s employer premiums or its Accident Fund.

Program eligibility

Make sure you meet both eligibility criteria before you apply for reimbursement.

  1. The employee must work in B.C.
  2. The employee must have taken a COVID-19 related sick leave May 20, 2021 and December 31, 2021. For example:
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Need to self-isolate or self-monitor
  • Following a public health order
  • Directed to stay home by your employer because of exposure risks

Apply for reimbursement

Submitting your application is easy and can be completed online. Before you apply, you must be:

Submit application For help with your application, call 1-888-729-4219 

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