Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Paid sick days for all Ontarians

As health-care workers, we know it is time to fix Ontario’s sick day policies.

Under current laws, no one in the province has the right to paid sick days and 1.6 million Ontarians could lose their jobs for taking unpaid sick days.

Paid sick days enable people to get the care they need in appropriate and more cost effective settings (e.g. primary care settings), without placing further burden on already busy emergency departments.

We are calling on the Ontario government to introduce legislation immediately to amend the Employment Standards Act so all employees in Ontario accrue a minimum of one hour paid sick time for every 35 hours worked. For a full-time worker this would be 7 paid sick days per year.

Please sign the petition for decent work and health and see our Queen’s Park Day backgrounder on decent work for better health.

Last Updated: 
2017-03-21