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Employers need to sign up for online services to apply for COVID-19 sick-leave reimbursement

Published on: May 28, 2021

The application for employers to apply for the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program will be available on WorkSafeBC’s online services portal in mid-June.

Through the program, employers who do not have an existing paid sick-leave program in place can apply to be reimbursed for up to three days of wages paid to workers for COVID-19 related sick leave. The reimbursement program is available for sick leave taken from May 20 until the program ends on Dec. 31, 2021. To apply, employers must be registered for WorkSafeBC insurance coverage and signed up for our employer online services.

January 18, 2022 update: The application is now closed and WorkSafeBC’s involvement in administering the employer-reimbursement portion of the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program ended on December 31, 2021. Starting January 1, 2022, workers can take up to five days of paid leave for any personal illness or injury. Learn more on the B.C. government’s website. For information related to the provincial government’s COVID-19 Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program, please see the B.C. government’s website.