COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

Last updated: January 26, 2021

From May 20 to December 31, 2021, workers could take 3 days of paid sick leave if they needed to stay home because of COVID-19.

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I’m a Worker

From May 20 to December 31, 2021, you could take up to 3 paid sick days if you needed to stay home because of COVID-19. For example:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Need to self-isolate or self-monitor in accordance with public health orders and guidelines
  • Directed to stay home by your employer because of exposure risks

To take a COVID-19 sick day, a doctor’s note was not required. 

This leave was available to employees covered under the Employment Standards Act.

Pay

Your employer was required to pay you your regular wage.

Hours of Work

Full-time and part-time workers were eligible.


I’m an Employer

From May 20 to December 31, 2021, you were required to provide employees three days of paid sick leave if they needed to stay home as a result of circumstances related to COVID-19.

The Employer Reimbursement Program was available to employers who have employees covered under the Employment Standards Act, and who did not already offer a paid sick leave benefits plan.

Wages

You were required to pay employees their regular wages.


Employer Reimbursement Program

Applications for reimbursement of employee wages close on February 11, 2022, for COVID-19 sick pay wages up to December 31, 2021.

If you did not previously provide employees paid sick leave, the province will reimburse you up to $200 a day through the Employer Reimbursement Program for COVID-19-related paid sick leave wages paid to an employee between May 20 and December 31, 2021. For each employee, you can be reimbursed for up to 3 days of paid leave.

You are required to pay wages upfront to your employees for the COVID-19 sick leave. You have until February 11, 2022, to apply for reimbursement.

WorkSafeBC administers the program through their online services portal and sends you the reimbursement directly.

Note: The program is not part of the workers’ compensation system and does not impact WorkSafeBC’s employer premiums or its Accident Fund.

Program Eligibility

Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria before you apply for reimbursement:

  1. The employee must work in B.C.
  2. The employee must have taken a COVID-19 related sick leave between May 20, 2021 and December 31, 2021. For example:
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Need to self-isolate or self-monitor in accordance with public health orders and guidelines
    • Directed to stay home by your employer because of exposure risks
  3. Employers must apply by February 11, 2022, for reimbursement of employees’ wages paid up to December 31, 2021

Applying for the Reimbursement

Submitting your application is easy and can be completed online. Before you apply, you must be:

Click here to submit your application online.

For help with your online application, call 1-888-729-4219.