10 days paid sick leave now in force in federal jurisdiction

Ten days of employer-paid sick leave are now available for private sector workers who fall under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

Workers who have been continuously employed for at least 30 days will have access to their first three days of paid sick leave as of Dec. 31, 2022. Starting on Feb. 1, 2023, workers will acquire a fourth day of paid sick leave and will continue to accumulate one day of paid sick leave on the first day of each following month up to a maximum of 10 days per year.

“Most GSU members already have better sick leave benefits through their collective agreements with their employers, particularly since the new federal benefit caps out at 10 paid days per year,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “Nonetheless, this is a major improvement to labour standards that can be built on and extended to workers who are currently excluded because they are deemed to be temporary or casual.”

“Improving labour standards for all is a cause actively supported by GSU, but the absolute best way for workers to get ahead is to join a union,“ Wagner said. “Provincial governments would do well to follow the lead of the federal government since paid sick leave is an important incentive in recruiting and retaining workers.”