Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Stay Home If You Are Sick Act


WHEREAS there is overwhelming evidence to show that paid sick days significantly reduce the spread of infectious disease, promote preventaive health care and reduce health care system costs;

WHEREAS 60% of Ontario workers do not have access to paid sick days, and cannot afford to lose their pay if they are sick;

WHEREAS low-wage and precarious workers are the most likely to be denied paid sick days;

WHEREAS enabling workers to stay home when they are sick without losing pay helps limit the spread of illness in the workplace and allows workers to recover faster;

WHEREAS during an infectious disease emergency, it is unreasonable and dangerous to public health to make workers choose between protecting their communities and providing for their families; and

WHEREAS legislating paid sick days through the Employment Standards Act, with transitional financial support for struggling small businesses, will ensure that workers have seamless, uninterrupted access to their pay;

THEREFORE, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately amend the Employment Standards Act to provide Ontario workers with 10 employer-paid days of personal emergency leave each year and additional paid sick leave in the case of an infectious disease emergency.



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