The Ontario government has voted against a series of Opposition motions aimed at supporting essential workers, including one that sought to create a provincial paid sick-leave program.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath presented the motions – which required unanimous consent of the legislature to pass – during a session today.
She called on Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives to pass the sick-leave motion, but the government voted against the measure.
Government House Leader Paul Calandra says he anticipates the federal government will announce further enhancements to their sick-day program today.
The province has thus far rejected calls for a provincial program saying it would be needless overlap of federal supports.
Advocates have been calling on the province to bring in paid sick leave for months, saying it would help support essential workers during the pandemic.