I have COVID-19. Can I take time off work?

If you think you have COVID-19, it's important to get tested at an assessment centre. You can do an online assessment first or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 before getting tested.

Once you've done this, you'll get instructions from your local public health department. You must stay in your home until you get a positive or negative test. This usually takes 1 or 2 days but can take longer.

If your test is positive, public health will order you to self-isolate. This means that you must not leave your home for 14 days for any reason. It's against the law to leave your home when you've been ordered to self-isolate.

Taking time off work

If you have vacation time or paid sick leave through your employer, you may be able to use them while you're sick with COVID-19.

If you don't have paid sick leave from your employer, the Ontario says that you can take up to 3 days of paid time off if you're sick because of COVID-19. Read Can I get paid sick days if I have COVID-19? for more information.

And during COVID-19, there's a new unpaid leave called the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave that you can take for as long as you have COVID-19. Read When can I take a leave from work because of COVID-19? for more information.

You can take the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave after you use your paid sick days.

Getting legal help

If you're having trouble getting time off work, you may want to get legal help.

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