Permanent Paid Sick Leave

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Update: January 17, 2022

We’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our public engagement on permanent paid sick leave for Yukoners. We’ve gathered the insightful information that you shared with us and have posted a summary What We Heard report here on the Let’s Talk Yukon site.

What's next:

The results of the engagement, along with the information gathered in the jurisdictional scan on paid sick leave will be used to form the Making Work Safe panel’s recommendations to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. These recommendations will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly by January 31, 2022.




This engagement closed for public consultation on December 10, 2021.


The Making Work Safe Panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and provide feedback.

In the coming weeks, the panel will be reviewing the feedback from the surveys, polls, comments, and ideas. Once completed, a summary outlining "what we heard" will be shared with the public on the Let's Talk Yukon "Permanent Paid Sick Leave" project site.

In mid-January, check back to see the summary. To be notified once published, you are encouraged to click 'subscribe' on the Paid Sick Leave page.

For any questions, email engage@letstalkyukon.ca.

Update: January 17, 2022

We’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our public engagement on permanent paid sick leave for Yukoners. We’ve gathered the insightful information that you shared with us and have posted a summary What We Heard report here on the Let’s Talk Yukon site.

What's next:

The results of the engagement, along with the information gathered in the jurisdictional scan on paid sick leave will be used to form the Making Work Safe panel’s recommendations to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. These recommendations will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly by January 31, 2022.




This engagement closed for public consultation on December 10, 2021.


The Making Work Safe Panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and provide feedback.

In the coming weeks, the panel will be reviewing the feedback from the surveys, polls, comments, and ideas. Once completed, a summary outlining "what we heard" will be shared with the public on the Let's Talk Yukon "Permanent Paid Sick Leave" project site.

In mid-January, check back to see the summary. To be notified once published, you are encouraged to click 'subscribe' on the Paid Sick Leave page.

For any questions, email engage@letstalkyukon.ca.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Use this area to ask a question about anything related to the Making Work Safe Panel's work to implement a paid sick leave program that meets the needs of Yukoners.

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    Do you have information available on how paid sick leave is handled across the country. I want to be thoughtful and informed when I respond and I don't feel like I have enough information. I am also retired, but paid sick leave is important for workers, especially those providing services to vulnerable, older people. We want to ensure people can stay at home if they're sick so that they don't pass their illness to others.

    Lillian asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Lillian - thank you for your question. This week we will be launching a new survey for a more general audience to get feedback from individuals that may not be currently active in the workforce.  

    In terms of more information, we've published a few documents on the sites to give some additional context around the importance of paid sick days. Paid sick leave allows workers to stay home when they are sick, prevent the spread of illness, and generally recover more quickly. It also alleviates a significant financial burden for workers who cannot afford to choose to stay home. For many, staying home means putting their shelter or food in jeopardy, so they go to work sick.

    For workers who have paid sick days already, sometimes it's hard to imagine what it would be like in the shoes of an individual who does not have these benefits. And for some employers, it's challenging to think about how these days could be implemented fairly and doesn't create an additional financial impact on businesses. What is sometimes overlooked is that there is a financial impact on employers when workers do come to work sick, and if staff turnover happens as a result of workers needing to take time off without pay, that creates a burden on the employer as well. 

    This is where we are looking to all members of the public to share some thoughtful ideas on how a balanced solution could be developed that benefits all Yukoners. So while we wait for the survey to be published in the coming days, we encourage you to share your Ideas or take a Quick Poll (there are a few, make sure you click the 'Next' button if the first survey you see doesn't fit your circumstance). We look forward to hearing from you! 

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    What Yukon employers currently offer their staff paid sick leave, and what are the parameters of that paid sick leave? Why do they offer it?

    Alison Reid asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions. These types of questions are precisely what we are looking to find out more about by conducting this survey. 

    We know that some employers in the Yukon offer their employees paid sick leave as part of their benefits package. These are often seen in jobs in the public service sector (Territorial government or government-linked organizations) and in industries that fall under the Canada Labour Code (Federal government, telecommunication, inter-provincial/inter-territorial transportation, among others). Other employers offer workers these benefits as well.

    The gap for many workers is in industries that see more part-time work or are minimum wage jobs. These jobs are often front-line jobs where workers directly interact with the public (food service, retail, personal services). These individuals often face a significant financial impact if they need to take a sick day. For many, they risk not being able to pay for basic necessities like food or shelter if they need to take time off to get well. They also risk spreading illness to the customers they serve if they can’t take the time they need to recover.

    If you have ideas to share on how paid sick leave could be made available for everyone, we would love to hear about them on the Ideas board!

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    I am self employed. Are either of the surveys appropriate for me to complete?

    Laura asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. As a self-employed person, you are both a worker and an employer. You are welcome to complete both surveys. 

    We also encourage you to submit your ideas on how a permanent paid sick leave program could be introduced to include self-employed Yukoners. Check out the Ideas tab to learn more!

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