ONTARIO ENDING TEMPORARY PAID SICK DAY PROGRAM, LIFTING SOME COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN LTC
Mar 22, 2023
By Bob Komsic
The Ford government is not extending its temporary paid sick day program, which provided three-paid days off to workers during COVID, when it expires at the end of the month.
Expect that to be in Thursday’s budget.
Sources say it will not be replaced with another program however the government will keep proceeding with its plan to provide portable health and dental coverage to workers without such benefits.
NDP Leader Marit Stiles says the government ”is no friend to workers.”
New Democrats have been fighting for 10 permanent sick days for every worker, plus another government-funded 14 paid sick days during a health emergency such as a pandemic.
Meanwhile, Ontario’s updating pandemic measures in long-term care homes, also effective March 31.
The province says high vaccination rates among residents and staff have led the chief medical officer to begin easing some measures in a phased approach.
These include … no longer requiring testing of staff, caregivers and visitors who don’t show symptoms … masking outdoors will no longer be recommended for residents, caregivers and visitors, although wearing one outdoors will still be recommended for staff when close to a resident … daily temperature checks or screening of residents returning from an absence will no longer be required … the limit of one caregiver at a time during a COVID outbreak, or when a resident’s symptomatic or isolating will be removed … and social and physical activities can be held without adjusting for physical distancing.
Nursing homes that have kept proof-of-vaccination requirements are being encouraged by the province to revisit their policies and considering allowing visitors and qualified staff; regardless of their vaccination status.