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B.C. premier says province will patch holes in new federal sick-pay benefits

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 6:08 pm EST

Premier John Horgan says he will look to fill gaps in the federal government’s sick-pay benefits program aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Horgan says he’s heard there are holes in the recent program, but wants to see data detailing the issues before taking any action.

Horgan made the comments at a news conference ahead of next week’s recall of British Columbia’s legislature.

The federal sick-pay benefits program was implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces by covering the pay of workers who previously didn’t get sick pay and may go to work in order to be paid. 

He says workers should not be denied pay when they are preventing COVID-19’s spread.

The B.C. government was behind the push that saw the federal Liberals introduce a sick-pay program with the support of the federal New Democrats in Parliament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.

The Canadian Press