Do I have to get a doctor’s note if I’m sick because of COVID-19?
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.
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 ended December 2, 2020. It was introduced in March 2020 to give money to people who stopped working because of COVID-19.
The government has introduced two different programs to replace the CERB:
- Employees will be able to apply to a newly expanded Employment Insurance (EI) system.
- Self-employed and contract workers, also called “gig workers”, and others who don't qualify for EI, can apply for one of the new Canada Recovery 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.