Today, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development announced that the paid infectious disease emergency leave under the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit has been extended until December 31, 2021. It was originally set to end on September 25, 2021.

The COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit was originally announced on April 29, 2021 and includes:

  • up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) for employees who have to take time off work because of certain reasons related to COVID-19, and
  • an employer reimbursement program.

Eligible employers are entitled to be reimbursed the amount of infectious disease emergency leave pay that they paid to their employees, up to $200 per employee per day taken. Eligible employers must make their application within 120 days of the date the employer paid the employee, or by April 30, 2022, whichever is earlier.

For more information visit Ontario’s COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit website here or call the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Information Centre at 1-888-999-2248 (TTY: 1-866-567-8893).

Read more about this announcement here.