I heard essential workers are getting a pay raise. How does this work?Updated November 22

The Government of Ontario said that some front-line workers would get a temporary pay raise of $4 per hour. This pay raise lasted for 16 weeks, from April 24, 2020, to August 13, 2020. As well, some employees who worked more than 100 hours in a month would get an extra $250 a month.

Employers were supposed to include the extra money in the paycheques for eligible workers. Workers didn't need to apply to get the pay raise.

If you believe you should have gotten this pay raise and you didn't, get legal help as soon as possible.

Who qualified

The government released a list of employees that would be eligible for the pay raise:

Industry Workplaces Who qualified for the pay raise
Health care
  • All hospitals
  • Long-term care homes
  • Licenced retirement homes
  • Home and community care
  • Personal support workers
  • Registered nurses
  • Registered practical nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Attendant care workers
  • Auxiliary staff, including porters, cooks, custodians, housekeeping and laundry staff, and other key workers
  • Developmental services workers
  • Mental health and addictions workers
  • Respiratory therapists working in hospitals and in people's homes and the community
  • Paramedics
  • Public health nurses
Social services
  • Homes supporting people with developmental disabilities
  • Intervenor residential sites
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities and shelters
  • Shelters for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking
  • Youth justice residential facilities
  • Licenced children's residential sites
  • Directly operated residential facility: Child and Parent Resource Institute
  • Emergency shelters
  • Supportive housing facilities
  • Respite and drop-in centres
  • Temporary shelter facilities, such as re-purposed community centres or arenas
  • Hotels and motels used for self-isolation or shelter overflow
  • Direct support workers, for example, developmental services workers, staff in licenced children's residential sites, and intake and outreach workers
  • Clinical staff
  • Housekeeping staff
  • Security staff
  • Administration staff
  • Maintenance staff
  • Food service workers
  • Nursing staff
  • Adult correctional facilities and youth justice facilities
  • Correctional officers
  • Youth services officers
  • Nurses
  • Health-care staff
  • Social workers
  • Food service workers
  • Maintenance staff
  • Programming staff
  • Administration staff
  • Institutional liaison officers
  • Trilcor Industries staff
  • Native inmate liaison officers
  • Chaplains


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