Can I take time off for sickness or personal emergencies?

Find out about domestic or sexual violence leave

Ontario now gives up to 3 paid sick days off for people who have to take time off work because of COVID-19. Read Can I get paid sick days if I have COVID-19? for more information.

There are other also other leaves and benefits for people who have to take time off work because of COVID-19. See COVID 19 Employment and Work to learn more.

To get domestic or sexual violence leave, you must have worked for your employer for at least 13 weeks in a row.

You may be able to take the leave if you or your child, who’s under 18 years of age, has:

  • domestic or sexual violence
  • been threatened with domestic or sexual violence

Your child includes a stepchild, foster child, and a child you’re the legal guardian of.

Length of the leave

There are 2 lengths of domestic or sexual violence leave you may be able to take each calendar year. This means that you may be able to take:

  • up to 10 days, and
  • up to 15 weeks.

Reasons for domestic or sexual violence leave

You can take domestic or sexual violence leave only for the following reasons:

  • to get medical care because of an injury or disability caused by the violence
  • to get help from what’s called a victim services organization
  • to get psychological or other professional counselling
  • to move, permanently or for a short time
  • to deal with the police or the legal system because of the violence

Getting paid

The says that you have the right to be paid for the first 5 days of domestic or sexual violence leave each year.

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