April 07, 2021

Help us win paid sick days for all

Help us win PAID SICK DAYS for all! 

Paid sick days save lives. Public health officers, big-city mayors, community and labour organizations are all calling for urgent action to legislate paid sick days.

The evidence shows paid sick days are effective at curbing transmission of infectious disease, including COVID-19.

  • Yet, 58% of workers across Canada have no paid sick days, and that jumps to over 70% of low-income workers
  • Even 75% of workers in the service sector, including food services, and 50% in health & social services sectors where the risk of exposure is highest, have no paid sick days
  • No one should have to choose between staying home sick & paying the bills
  • Black, Indigenous, and workers of colour are over-represented in low-wage, frontline work & are most at risk of becoming infected 
  • We hear a lot about thanking essential workers, but why is the government not protecting them with paid sick days? 

Who to call

Let’s call our elected representatives to demand paid sick days now!  

  • Health Minister Christine Elliott: 416-327-4300
  • Long-term care Minister Merrilee Fullerton: 613-599-3000  
  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce: 416-325-2600
  • Premier Doug Ford: 416-325-1941 or 416-745-2859
  • Labour Minister Monte McNaughton: 416-326-7600
  • Premier Doug Ford: 416-325-1941 (Premier's office) and/or 416-745-2859 (Constituency office)
  • Your OWN Conservative MPP: click here, scroll down, and enter your postal code: https://www.ola.org/en/members 

Suggested script

(Feel free to change it up and make it your own!)

Hello, my name is _______. I am calling from ________.

I am outraged your party voted against Bill 239 that would have extended paid sick days to all workers. You and Premier Ford are ignoring recommendations from medical officers of health. Any claim your party has listened to and acted on expert advice is false. Your failure has contributed to the 3rd wave of COVID infections, resulting in preventable deaths, harm to our health and the health of the economy.

The very people who don’t have paid sick days at work are also least likely to access the federal sickness benefit. Far from getting both - as Ford suggests when he uses the term “double-dipping” - these workers get nothing. 

Because of racism in the labour market, Black, Indigenous, and workers of colour are over-represented in jobs where paid sick days are not provided. By refusing to legislate paid sick days for all workers, you are reinforcing structural racism.  

The vast majority of Ontarians support paid sick days for all. For that reason, Bill 247 has already been tabled and would provide 10 employer-paid emergency leave days. Today is World Health Day. I demand that you vote in favour of  that bill. 

Rest assured, if you do not vote for paid sick days in 2021, I and all my friends and neighbours, will be voting for paid sick days in the next election.

Thank you. 

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