We’ve introduced changes to the Employment Standards Act, that if passed, will provide up to five days of paid leave for employees impacted by domestic or sexual violence, or those who are parents of a child or dependent impacted by this kind of violence.

This builds on the unpaid, job-protected leave introduced in spring 2019. Before, people escaping, recovering or rebuilding their lives had no ability to take time from their jobs to find the solutions needed to make life safer for themselves and their families unless their employer agreed to the leave.

In Canada, in addition to providing unpaid job-protected leave, most provinces and the federal government require employers to provide paid leave for survivors of domestic or sexual violence ranging from two to five days.

This change has been shaped by feedback from 6,261 British Columbians as well as input from stakeholder consultation sessions and written submissions from employers, business associations and employee organizations. The consultation found that the majority of people, both employers and employees, as well as organizations, support some paid leave for people effected by domestic or sexual violence. Read the What We Heard Report.

Thank you to those who took the time to participate. We appreciate that this can be a painful and traumatic topic for many people in our province, and we deeply value your insights on how best to assist working people who need additional support, while balancing the views of B.C. employers.