Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Stay Home If You Are Sick Act

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:


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


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


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


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


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 pass Bill 4, the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act, to provide Ontario workers with 10 annual employer-paid days of personal emergency leave and 14 days of paid leave in the case of an infectious disease emergency.

 

 

Will you sign?