Can I take time off for sickness or personal emergencies?

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

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.

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

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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