COVID-19 Sick Leave and Vaccination Requirements

RCC has assembled an interactive chart of sick leave and vaccination guidelines for employers who are reopening or continuing to open during COVID-19.

Information includes:

  • Whether leave is mandatory or voluntary
  • The amount of leave employees are entitled to
  • Relevant start and expected end dates. In some cases, leave requirements are being applied retroactively.
  • Government support available for retailers with employees that take leave
  • Links to official government policies

If a province or territory is not listed, it currently has no listed policy for COVID-related vaccination and sick leave requirements.

The information has been consolidated by RCC for our members and is general informational purposes only. This and all information on the our website is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of this information.   

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Sick Leave and Vaccination Requirements by Region

Province wdt_ID Type of Leave Dates Number of Hours/Days Mandatory/Voluntary Additional Details
Alberta 1 Vaccination leave Effective Date: April 21, 2021
Retroactive Date: April 21, 2021
Expected End Date: TBA
3 hours per vaccine dose Mandatory Applies to full-time and part-time employees, with no minimum seniority.

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British Columbia 2 Vaccination leave Effective Date: April 19, 2021
Retroactive Date: April 19, 2021
Expected End Date: TBA
3 hours per vaccine dose Mandatory Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. No medical note is required, although employers are entitled to ask employees for evidence of their appointment. Employees are eligible only for their own vaccination.

New and part-time employees would be paid in accordance with a formula in the legislation. Employees are also entitled to (job-protected) unpaid leave for the vaccination of a member of the employee’s immediate family or other people described within the Employment Standards Act.

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British Columbia 3 COVID-19 paid sick leave Effective Date: May 20, 2021
Retroactive Date: May 20, 2021
End Date: December 31, 2021*
3 days Mandatory Applies only to COVID-19-related circumstances specified in section 52.12 of the Employment Standards Act. Employees who have existing employer-paid sick leave benefits must first access those benefits before accessing these 3 specific paid sick days. New and part-time employees are to be paid by a formula within the legislation. Please note that employees are entitled to unpaid, job-protected, COVID-19 leave for any time in excess of paid sick days.

The government has announced a reimbursement program for employers who did not previously provide employees with any paid sick leave and are registered with WorkSafeBC.

*BC’s new Paid Sick Days begin January 1, 2022

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Manitoba 4 Vaccination leave Effective Date: May 12, 2021
Retroactive Date: May 12, 2021
Expected End Date: TBA
3 hours Mandatory Applies to full time and part time employees. Employer may ask for reasonable verification of the appointment as long as it is not a physician note or medical certificate.

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Manitoba 5 COVID-19 paid sick leave Effective Date: May 7, 2021
Retroactive Date: May 7, 2021
Expected End Date: September 25, 2021
$600 per full- and part-time employee for a maximum of five days. Voluntary Eligibility includes employees within employers not currently eligible for sick leave (e.g. part-time workers), as well as workers who receive fewer than five days, who could be covered for the difference.

The program supports sick leave related to COVID-19 including testing, vaccinations and side effects, self-isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms, or care for a loved one in any of these circumstances.

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Nova Scotia 6 COVID-19 paid sick leave Effective Date: May 26, 2021
Retroactive Date: May 10, 2021
Expected End Date: July 31, 2021
Up to maximum of $20 per hour or $160 per day. Maximum of $640/worker over a 12-week period. Voluntary For employees who are not provided paid sick time benefits by their employer, that cannot work remotely and miss less than 50% of their scheduled work time in a one-week period due to COVID-19. Employees who have exhausted their employer-provided paid sick time benefits cannot benefit from this program.

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Ontario 7 COVID-19 paid sick leave Effective Date: April 29, 2021
Retroactive Date: April 19, 2021
Expected End Date: September 25, 2021
Employees who don't have a program providing at least 3 paid days are topped up to 3 paid days. Employers are reimbursed up to $200 per day. Mandatory Employees who have exhausted their employer-provided paid sick time benefits as of April 19 can benefit from this program. No note is required to be eligible to the paid leave.

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Prince Edward Island 8 COVID-19 paid sick leave Effective Date: March 1, 2021
Retroactive Date: March 1, 2021
Expected End Date: End of Public Health Emergency
Up to maximum of $20 per hour or $160 per day. Voluntary For employees who are not provided paid sick time benefits by their employer, who cannot work remotely and miss less than 50% of their scheduled work time in a one-week period due to illness, COVID-19 and/or needing to self-isolate. Capped at a maximum of 3 days' wages per week. Employers can access up to 2 one-week periods per employee for a maximum of 6 days per employee. Employees who have exhausted their employer provided paid sick time benefits cannot benefit from this program.

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Saskatchewan 9 Vaccination Leave Effective Date: March 18, 2021
Retroactive Date: March 18, 2021
Expected End Date: TBA
3 hours Mandatory Employees are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Workers are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work.

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