We’ve heard the same message since the start of the pandemic: if you are sick, stay home. But for the majority of Ontarians who do not have access to paid sick leave, staying home may not be an option.
Paid sick leave is a powerful policy tool to curb the spread of COVID-19. While the federal government has introduced a sick leave benefit, it falls short in providing appropriate and accessible income support.
Paid sick leave is also a gender issue. Women are less likely to have access to paid sick leave. Workers without paid sick leave are more likely to be in roles that are low paid and involve direct contact with others, like working in grocery stores, long-term care, or cleaning services. These roles are disproportionately held by women, particularly racialized women.
Take action now and tell the Ontario government you support paid sick days.
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