The Government of Yukon is renewing and extending the Paid Sick Leave Rebate. From October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022, workers and self-employed people who do not have access to paid sick days, may receive up to 10 days’ wages. This is the third intake of the program since it was launched in March 2020.
The Paid Sick Leave Rebate for employers and self-employed provides up to 10 days’ wages for workers who are sick, self-isolating or caring for other household members due to COVID-19. All eligible Yukon employers and self-employed people may apply.
The Government of Yukon committed to extending the program as part of the 2021 Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Yukon NDP.
The Yukon showed leadership at the onset of COVID-19 by being the first jurisdiction in Canada to bring in paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Rebate has been extremely helpful for people who have been put in tough situations where they’ve had to decide between their financial well-being or their health and the health of others. Our government continues to provide the relief they need to stay home responsibly without facing financial hardship.
Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai
We heard early in the pandemic that people were having to choose between paying their bills and staying home when sick. This paid sick leave program helps everyone by reducing spread of COVID-19, while providing financial security for workers. The Yukon NDP is glad it could be extended.
MLA for Whitehorse Centre Emily Tredger
This rebate, paid to employers and self-employed people, covers a maximum of 10 days of wages per employee or 10 days of average daily earnings per self-employed individual to allow for a 14-day self-isolation period.
This is the third intake period since the program was launched. In total, workers could receive up to 30-days of paid sick leave.
The Yukon Liberal Caucus and the Yukon NDP signed the Confidence and Supply Agreement in April 2021.