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Tyee Poll: Do You Think Workers Should Have Government-Funded Paid Sick Leave?

The province recently launched a program to cover three days of paid sick leave for all workers during the pandemic.

Under the new program administered by WorkSafeBC, businesses are required to pay the employee for their sick days at regular wages. The government then reimburses the business if sick pay is not part of their existing employment agreement.

B.C. Premier John Horgan says the program is meant to bridge the gap with the federal program, and that consultations into a permanent sick leave program are to come. But some critics say the provincial offering of three days is far from enough.

The federal program offers a reimbursement of up to $500 a week but has been criticized for the delayed receipt of funds due to the application process and for an amount that is less than minimum wage.

With this in mind, we want to ask:

Do you think workers should have government-funded paid sick leave?

* Please note that all poll answers will be publicly viewable, but anonymous.

Fill out this week's poll.

Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.

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