Effective May 20, 2021, employers are required to offer employees 3 days of paid sick leave if employees need to stay home as a result of circumstances related to COVID-19. This benefit is available to employers who have employees covered under the Employment Standards Act and who do not already have a paid sick leave benefits plan. You must pay employees their regular wages. If your workplace does not have an existing sick leave program, the Province will reimburse you up to $200 a day.
Sign Up for WorkSafeBC’s Online Services
In order to apply for the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program, you need to sign up for WorkSafeBC’s online services.
How to Apply:
In order to apply for the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program, employers must:
- Be registered for WorkSafeBC insurance coverage
- Have signed up for WorkSafeBC’s online services
- Not have an existing paid sick-leave program
The program application will be available on WorkSafeBC’s online-services portal starting mid-June. Visit worksafebc.com to learn more.
In addition to hosting the sick-leave reimbursement application, WorkSafeBC’s online-services portal for employers offers you an easy and convenient way to report payroll, pay premiums, and access additional tools.
Create your Online-Services Account Today
Watch this short video to learn how to create your online-services account, then visit worksafebc.com to sign up. For technical issues related to setting up your account, please contact WorkSafeBC’s technical support team.
For More Information
For questions about the program, please visit the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement program web page.