Ontario should offer more than 3 days of paid sick leave for COVID-19: Kingston MPP, labor council – Kingston

The Ford government is extending its temporary pandemic coverage for three paid sick days through March 2023.

That may be enough to cover one bout of COVID-19 for eligible workers, but the benefits quickly dry up if you catch the virus a second time.

However, maintaining the three-day cap does not sit well with the Kingston and District Labor Council.

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« These three days are strictly for COVID-related illnesses and no one who has COVID is sick for just three days, which means workers are, again, going to be required to report to work, » said Labor Council Treasurer Jordan Morelli.

The Liberal MLA for Kingston agrees that three days isn’t enough, but says he’s glad the extension has taken place.

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Hsu also raised the issue of not being able to claim the benefit more than once.

He says he hoped the renewal would have included a provision for people who test positive a second time.

“It would have been a bit better if the government had allowed people infected with COVID a second time in a year, which I have heard several instances of, allowing them to qualify for paid sick leave as well,” he added.

Morelli added that the sick leave program should be broader.

« It’s just really misguided. We need at least 10 paid sick days and that shouldn’t just be about COVID, it should be a broader program, » Morelli added.

According to the provincial government, 470,000 workers claimed a COVID-19 sick day, most of whom were in the Toronto area, at a total cost of about $189 million.

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