What’s this engagement about?
Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in B.C., so they are able to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
Phase One – now complete – used surveys that sought input from workers and employers on their current paid sick leave programs and on what they would like to see in a province-wide model.
Phase Two will begin September 22. Informed by the results of the surveys, an Options Paper is now being developed which will present a range of possible models for the new paid sick leave entitlement.
Engagement timeline: Surveys were open from August 5 to September 14, 2021. The Options Paper will be available from September 22 to October 31, 2021.
How to participate
In the first phase of this engagement, we sought information from employers and workers about what paid sick leave they currently have in their workplaces and what improvements could be made.
There were two surveys – one for employers and one for workers.
Employer survey – closed
Gathered information from business owners and employers in B.C. about the impact of offering sick leave and the number of days they would support.
Worker survey – closed
Gathered information from workers and labour representatives in B.C. about how many paid sick days they had, if any, what would help them stay home when sick, and how many days would be needed.
Feedback from the online surveys is helping to shape options for a made-in-BC permanent paid illness and injury leave program that will be helpful and reasonable for everyone. A summary of the feedback received will be available following the close of the engagement.
In the second phase of the engagement, the proposed models for B.C.’s permanent paid sick leave program will be available for review and comment.