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Public Attitudes to Paid Sick Leave in Ontario

As of 2021, Ontario does not have any form of legislated paid sick leave. Under the previous government, Ontario workers were given 10 personal emergency sick days, two of which were paid. In 2019, however, the Ford government scrapped paid sick leave and replaced it with other forms of unpaid leave. Ontario residents have access to the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CSRB), which provides $500 per week for up to two weeks to workers who are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19. However, the CSRB is a time-limited measure.

As Ontario struggles to contain the third wave of COVID-19, the issue of paid sick leave has become more topical than ever. Workplaces have been a major source of COVID-19 infections and the lack of paid sick days – particularly among essential workers – has direct implications for containing its spread. The purpose of this survey is to gauge public attitudes toward mandating paid sick leave benefits in Ontario.

This survey was commissioned by Unifor.

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