The provincial government has just announced that they are looking to give three paid Ontario sick days to those who are missing work due to COVID-19.

In a press conference, Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development, has stated that if passed, the Paid COVID-19 Leave legislation would give employees up to $200 of pay a day for three days of missed work.

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According to a release, the program will be retroactive from April 19 until September 25, 2021. Reasons to take time off include getting tested, waiting for results while in isolation and getting a vaccine dose.

"Ontario workers now have access to the most generous sick day program coast to coast," states McNaughton. "We're the only province in Canada to introduce paid sick days specific to COVID-19."

The government has also announced that it is offering to double the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit from $500 to $1,000 per week.