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 has now begun. Informed by the results of the surveys, an Options Paper has been developed which presents a range of possible models for the new paid sick leave entitlement.
Phase 1: Surveys were open from August 5 to September 14, 2021.
Phase 2: Options Paper has now been posted for public until October 25, 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.
Now, in phase two, we used your responses to help us develop three options for the minimum number of paid sick days. We need your feedback to help decide what option is best for B.C.’s workers and employers.
What do you think BC’s minimum standard should be for paid sick days?
Tell us which of the three possible options you prefer for B.C.’s new paid sick leave entitlement.
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.
Input from the surveys and Options Paper will be used to assist government in making a final decision on a made-in-BC permanent paid sick leave model. The model will be formalized through regulations by the end of November 2021. As required by legislation, the new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
A summary of the feedback received will be available following the close of the engagement.