Ontario government announced the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit (WIPB)May 27, 2021
On April 29, 2021, the Ontario government announced the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit (WIPB) which includes:
- up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) for employees who have to take time off work because of certain reasons related to COVID-19, and
- an employer reimbursement program.
- Employee Name, Employee # and SIN
- Employee Contact Information: Address, Phone #, Email
- Date(s) of Sick leave / Nature of Claim Confirmation: No active WSIB claim relating to same days off work
- Proof of Payment: e.g. Pay Stub
- General Attestation
- Employer Name, Address, Phone #
- Specific Worksite, and address (vs corporate address above)
- Main Contact, Phone # & Email
- Business Identifier: WSIB #, CRA # / BN9
- Industry Classification: NAICS Code
- Details of your existing sick leave program (# of days, $ per day)
For more general information on eligibility criteria, how to apply and program rules, please visit Ontario.ca/COVIDworkerbenefit or call the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Information Centre 1-888-999-2248 (TTY: 1-866-567-8893).
Other quick facts
- The COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 came into force on April 29, 2021.
- Employees covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA) are entitled to up to three days of paid leave under the ESA for certain reasons related to COVID-19 between April 19, 2021 and September 25, 2021. For more information visit: Ontario.ca/COVIDworkerbenefit.
- Employers are required to pay employees their regular rate of pay up to $200 a day for up to three days. If an employee regularly earns more than $200 per day, they would still only be entitled to $200 per day of paid leave, for up to three days. If an employee earns less than $200 per day, they are only eligible for the amount they regularly earn. Shift premiums and overtime pay do not apply.
- If an employee’s contract already includes paid leave for a COVID-related reason, then the employee’s entitlement to the three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave may be reduced by the employee’s entitlement to paid leave as per their contract.
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