Changes to British Columbia's Covid-19 Leave April 09 2021

Recent changes to B.C.’s COVID-19 leave (April 1) provide unpaid time off for employees to get vaccinated.

Employees can take unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19 if they are unable to work for any of the following reasons:

  • Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Assisting a dependant being vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 and are following the instructions of a medical health officer or the advice of a doctor or nurse
  • In isolation or quarantine and are acting in accordance with an order of the provincial health officer, an order made under the Quarantine Act (Canada), guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control or guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Employer has directed the employee not to work due to concern about exposure to others
  • Need to provide care to an eligible person for a reason related to COVID-19, including a school, daycare or similar facility closure
  • Are outside of BC and unable to return to work due to travel or border restrictions
  • Are more susceptible to COVID-19 in the opinion of a medical professional because of an underlying health condition, ongoing treatment or other illness and are receiving Canada recovery sickness benefits for the leave

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Source: Government of British Columbia