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

Workers affected by COVID-19 don't have to give their employers a medical note or doctor's certificate in order to take a leave called infectious disease emergency leave (IDEL). One of the reasons you can take IDEL is if you are sick with COVID-19.

Federal benefits

You will still need a medical certificate or doctor's note to apply for Employment Insurance sickness benefits.

Self-employed and contract workers, also called “gig workers”, and others who don't qualify for EI, can apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).

You don't need a doctor's note to apply for CRSB.

WSIB benefits

You will also 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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