Nova Scotia: COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave May 18 2021

Nova Scotians who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to 4 paid sick days through the COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. Businesses can apply for reimbursement for an employee’s pay when an employee needs to take time off. Applications open May 26, 2021.

For more information, please visit:,Applications%20open%2026%20May%202021.

Source: Government of Nova Scotia

Manitoba: COVID-19 Paid Sick and Vaccination Leave May 18 2021

The Manitoba government is launching a new Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave program which will provide employers with up to $600 per employee for up to five full days of COVID-19 related sick leave.

Further, the province is introducing changes to the Employment Standards Code that would allow Manitoba workers to take a three-hour paid leave to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Source: Government of Manitoba

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Passed in Ontario November 25 2017

Earlier this week, Ontario passed The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which will raise the minimum wage, expand personal emergency leave, and increase enforcement of employment laws. Highlights of the passed changes include: 

  • Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour on January 18, 2018 then to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019. 
  • Personal emergency leave will be expanded to 10 days per calendar year, with at least two paid days per calendar year for employees who have been employed for at least a week.
  • Employers will be banned from requiring a doctor’s note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.

For a list of all changes resulting from the passing of this legislation, please refer to our interview with Karl Baldauf, Ontario Chamber of Commerce VP, focusing on Bill 148 which can be found in the Knowledge section of our website.