Ontario is going to give all workers three paid sick days to help people take time off to self-isolate during the pandemic.
The announcement comes after months of intense pressure from health experts, worker advocates and politicians for paid sick leave to halt COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the province will reimburse employers up to $200 a day for what they pay out through the program.
The program will be administered through the Workplace Insurance and Safety Board and be retroactive to April 19 and will end on September 25.
The province has also offered to provide funding to the federal government to double Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit payments to Ontario residents, adding an additional $500 per week to eligible individuals for a total of $1,000 per week.