Premier Pallister to announce COVID-19 paid sick leave benefit for Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister will announce a paid sick leave benefit for Manitoba on Friday.

The premier will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Global News will livestream the press conference here.

The move is a bit of an about-face for the premier, who has championed the idea of paid sick leave for those who have to isolate due to COVID-19 but has always said the federal government should be laying the groundwork and footing the bill.

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Pallister said on April 22 he was hoping to see a paid sick leave program in the recent federal budget but was disappointed when it didn’t appear.

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There was no mention of any changes to the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), which pays $500 per week ($450 after taxes) for up to four weeks for anyone required to quarantine because of COVID-19.

“I’m not suggesting that everyone should make money off being sick, that’s not what I mean … but I do think a national sick leave program is the right solution.”

However, labour rights are the purview of individual provinces.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently announced a sick leave program for his province.

Called the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Program, it was announced on April 28 and will reimburse employers 100 per cent of the employee’s wage for up to $200 a day for three days.

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