Paid Sick Leave Rebate for employers and self-employed

  • About the program
  • Employees and employers
  • The self-employed

The Paid Sick Leave Rebate for employers and self-employed provides up to 10 days’ wages for workers. They may receive up to 10-days’ wages if they're sick, self-isolating or caring for other household members due to COVID-19.


  1. About the program

    How long does the program run?

    Until September 30, 2021

    What does the program cover?

    Workers can receive up to 10-days’ wages if they're:

    • sick;
    • self-isolating; or
    • caring for other household members affected by COVID-19.

    What does the program not cover?

    This program does not pay wages for self-isolation after voluntary travel outside Yukon, or for companies bringing workers into the territory.

    How many times can you receive the rebate?

    Between April 1 and September 30, 2021, up to 10 days’ total of leave may be combined, if there is more than 1 occasion when the worker needs the leave.

    Workers who received the maximum 10-days’ wages before April 1, 2021, are eligible for an additional 10 days during the renewal.

    If the Paid Sick Leave Rebate does not fully meet your needs

    If you used the Paid Sick Leave Rebate to its maximum, you can then access the Government of Canada Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).

    Contact us if you have any questions about either of these programs or how they work together.


  2. Employees and employers

    The Paid Sick Leave Rebate program supports Yukoners to prioritize their health and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This rebate reimburses employers who've paid their employees to:

    • take sick days; and
    • self-isolate.

    Who is eligible?

    • Employers and their employees who are Yukon-based.
    • Yukon-based businesses are those that meet 3 of the following:
      • has an office with a physical address in Yukon;
      • is subject to the Yukon Income Tax Act;
      • is registered as per the Business Corporations Act or the Partnership and Business Name Act, where applicable; and
      • has a valid municipal business licence where applicable.

    Ineligible applicants

    This rebate is not available to

    • Government of Yukon and its corporations;
    • Government of Canada and its corporations;
    • Yukon First Nation governments; and
    • municipalities.

    What does the rebate cover?

    • A maximum total of 10 days of wages per employee (not including benefits, payroll taxes or deductions) to allow for sick leave and/or for a 14-day self-isolation period related to COVID-19.
    • These paid sick leave days will apply only after all existing regular paid sick leave for the employee is used.
    • The paid sick leave may be split into multiple uses totalling no more than 10 days. 
    • The maximum daily rebate is $378.13 per employee.

    Is a doctor's note required?

    The employee does not need to supply a doctor’s note.

    How long will the rebate program be in effect?

    The program will run until September 30, 2021.

    How the program works

    1. The employee tells their employer that they need to take paid sick leave .
    2. The employee uses up the paid sick leave available through their employer.
    3. If the employee needs more paid sick leave, they tell their employer.
    4. The employer approves the paid sick leave.
    5. The employer applies for the Paid Sick Leave Rebate program to cover the amount paid to the employee.
    6. The Paid Sick Leave Rebate program reimburses the employer for the sick leave amount they paid. The maximum is $378.13 per employee per day for 10 work days. 

    Employer: prepare your application

    Before you apply make sure you have these documents:

    • proof of registration from Corporate Affairs (business name, partnership, corporation, society);
    • your Yukon business license;
    • proof of your office location (such as a utility bill, or lease);
    • notice of assessment for the year or municipal business licence;
    • copies of the most recent paystubs for all employees in your application;
    • copies of leave period paystubs for all employees in the application if the leave period is different from the period covered by the most recent paystub.

    How to apply

    You have to apply to the program online.

    Employers: apply for the Paid Sick Leave Rebate


  3. The self-employed

    The rebate supports Yukoners to prioritize their health and reduce the spread of COVID-19. This rebate program reimburses self-employed people who:

    • take sick leave; or
    • self-isolate.

    Who can apply

    • Yukon-based self-employed people
    • Self-employed people who need time off work due to COVID-19 for:
      • sick leave; and
      • a 14-day self-isolation period.

    What this program covers

    • The program will cover a maximum of 10 days of documented average daily earnings to allow for a 14-day self-isolation period.
    • If no Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency is submitted, the maximum daily rate will set to the 2020 maximum Employment Insurance rate of $114.60 per day.
    • The maximum rebate will be $378.13 per day.
    • The rebate program cannot be split into multiple uses. Applicants can only access the program once.

    Is a doctor's note required?

    No, a doctor’s note is not required.

    How long will the rebate program be in effect?

    The program will run until September 30, 2021.

    Prepare your application

    Before you apply make sure you have these documents:

    • a copy of your most recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency;
    • a copy of the Income and Tax Benefit Return that provides evidence of Self-Employment Income; 
    • a copy of your business licence; and
    • proof of your office location (such as a utility bill, or lease) or a municipal business licence.

    Apply online

    You have to apply to the program online.

    Self-employed: apply for the Paid Sick Leave Rebate


Contact 

For more information, email ecdev@yukon.ca, or phone 867-456-3803, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3803.