Consultation on Personal Long-Term Illness Leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Employment Standards Act, 2000
Summary of Proposal:
Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) there are fourteen leaves of absence that provide job protection to employees for various reasons. Employees, whether full-time, part-time, permanent, or contract, who are covered by the ESA, may be entitled to these leaves.

The ESA provides three days of unpaid personal sick leave per year for illness, injury, or medical emergency. The government is seeking input on a potential new long-term job-protected leave of up to 27 weeks. This would align Ontario's leave with the length of Federal Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits and provide Ontario workers the longest job-protected sick leave among the provinces.

Your feedback on the questions in the consultation paper will provide valuable insight as the government explores this issue.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The ministry is not currently proposing legislative change. However, in the event that feedback to this consultation document leads to future legislative changes being proposed, the ministry will undertake necessary analysis to identify impacts.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 4, 2024
Comments Due Date:
May 6, 2024
Contact Address:
Employment, Labour, and Corporate Policy Branch
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
400 University Avenue, 15th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1T7