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Do I have to get a doctor’s certificate if I’m ill because of COVID-19?

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Do I have to get a doctor’s certificate if I’m ill because of COVID-19?
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Do I have to get a doctor’s certificate if I’m ill because of COVID-19?
Reviewed: 
October 9, 2020
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The Ontario government has announced that workers affected by COVID-19 won’t have to give their employers a medical note or doctor’s certificate in order to take sick leave from their jobs.

Federal benefits

The federal government has also announced that workers who are quarantined or sick from COVID-19 won’t need a medical certificate or doctor’s note to apply for Employment Insurance sick benefits.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program is ending. It was introduced in March 2020 to give money to people who stopped working because of COVID-19. The last day that you can get CERB payments for is October 3, 2020. You can apply for this money until December 2, 2020.

To government has introduced two different programs to replace the CERB:

WSIB benefits

You will still need a doctor’s note if you’re applying for WSIB benefits. If possible, the doctor should put their opinion in writing, stating that the nature of your work is likely how you got COVID-19. There’s a form that the doctor can use for this.

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