New Isolation Requirements & Testing Positive – What do I do?

by Nathan Couvillon

Current guidelines issued by PUBLIC HEALTH ONTARIO provide isolation requirements for those that have been exposed to someone that tests positive for COVID-19. These are only meant to be guidelines and local health units have the discretion to extend self-isolation requirement based on extenuating circumstances (i.e. congregate living arrangements, high risk exposure, Delta / Lambda variants).

There are funding options to help cover costs associated to isolation or pay.

  1. The Enhanced Agricultural Workplace Prevention Program (EAWPP) RESPONSIVE COVID-19 OUTBREAK MANAGEMENT program category 2 does cover outbreaks of COVID-19 and faced with extraordinary costs related to employee wage supports and worker/employee isolation but expires November 30, 2021.
  2. Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) requires employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID-19. This entitlement is in addition to employees’ rights to unpaid infectious disease emergency leave. Eligible employers are entitled to be reimbursed the amount of infectious disease emergency leave pay that they paid to their employees, up to $200 per employee per day taken.

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