Can I get time off work for a family sickness or other crisis?

1. Find out if you’re covered by the Employment Standards Act

If you have to care for someone with COVID-19, you may qualify for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit. It gives $500 per week for up to 38 weeks. It is expected to be available until September 2021. Read Who can get the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB)? for more information.

Ontario’s (ESA) has rules about minimum standards that employers must follow. These include rules about leaves of absence that are in the ESA.

But not all jobs are covered by the ESA. And, for some jobs, only parts of the ESA apply.

Use the Ministry of Labour’s online tool called Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules to find out:

  • if your job is covered by the ESA
  • which ESA rules apply to you

You can also call the Ministry’s Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551, 416-326-7160, or 1-866-567-8893 (TTY).

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