Paid sick leave is a good idea whose time has come

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the idea of paid sick leave for all workers suddenly popular.

When he was leader of the Ontario Conservative party, John Tory did not favour obliging employers to pay workers when they were sick. Now, as mayor of Toronto, Tory is all for it.

So are Patrick Brown, mayor of Brampton (and also a one-time Ontario Conservative leader), Toronto's medical officer of health Eileen de Villa, and many others in the health field. The NDP in Ontario has long favoured paid sick leave.

At present, only the federal labour code provides for paid sick leave, five days of it per calendar year, three of which are paid, for all workers within its jurisdiction.

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