The Decent Work and Health Network has released a new report on the urgent need for paid sick days in every jurisdiction across Canada, Before it’s too late: How to close the paid sick days gap during COVID-19 and beyond. They also published this op-ed in the Toronto Star.
FIfty-eight percent of workers in Canada do not have paid sick days. These workers are disproportionately low-wage workers who are women, Black, Indigenous, and racialized. This situation puts Canada among the bottom quarter of countries around the world that do not guarantee paid sick leave on the first day of illness. Governments must address this to ensure a safe return to school for kids and to protect against a second wave of COVID-19.
A summary of the report’s recommendations are:
Read the full report here.