Doug Ford confirms that paid sick days are coming for Ontario workers

Brenda Watkins
April 22, 2021

Ford is in self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

"As Premier, as I said right from the beginning, the buck stops with me".

The argument is that too many workers who do not feel well would rather go to work - and possibly spread the virus - instead of staying at home to get COVID-19 testing and self-isolating.

Rob Steiner, spokesman for group, said its members felt an urgency to put forward a straightforward "playbook" on what they feel must be done immediately - backed by science - to get the pandemic under control.

"I'm sure that you may have noticed that I am speaking to you today while in isolation", said the premier during a press conference at his late mother's house in Etobicoke after apologizing for the heavy-handed restrictions his administration announced on Friday (and then promptly scaled back).

Ford also promised a paid sick-leave program.

Ford's change of heart of sick leave benefits goes against the stand he has argued for months, saying that paid benefits were not necessary because of the federal program.

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These people have been working throughout the entire pandemic, through lockdowns and various restrictions they've been on the frontlines and Fields wants that to be recognized.

He says the province is now working on a solution because the federal government hasn't expanded its own policy. "And I know that some of those measures, especially around enforcement, they went too far", Ford said.

The premier also confirmed that his government was working on a sick-leave program to support workers, although he did not provide a timeline or any further specifics.

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said those conversations are ongoing and changes to the border are coming imminently.

"We have to make sure that we stop the risk of these risky variants getting into Canada, or getting further into Canada, while our vaccination levels are so low", O'Toole said during an announcement at a downtown Ottawa hotel. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the federal government. "Let me be clear, when it comes to protecting lives, protecting our hospitals and our people we can't waver", said Ford. "It's more important for police to be able to break up large gatherings, if people are not following public health measures".

COVID-19 case counts remained high Tuesday - with 3,469 new cases and 22 more deaths reported - as residents aged 40 and older became eligible to get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies and doctors' offices. She also says there are 279 new cases in Ottawa and 200 in Durham Region.

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