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Good Afternoon,

As you know, on January 1, 2022 after an extensive public consultation process, B.C. became the first province in Canada to implement a minimum standard of five days of paid sick leave every year.

We write to advise that today Harry Bains, Minister of Labour introduced Bill 19 – 2022 the Employment Standards Amendment Act, containing changes to address two issues that have been raised since the five days of employer-paid sick leave came into effect. These changes will strengthen paid sick leave legislation to protect workers and simplify the administrative process for businesses.

To view the Information Bulletin see: Province simplifying, strengthening paid sick leave | BC Gov News

To view Bill 19 see: Bill 19 – 2022: Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2022 (

Please let us know if you have questions.

Thank you,

Danine Leduc
Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Labour (BC)
778-698-3563 (Tel)
250-208-2850 (Cell)

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