No. This leave is always considered unpaid.
Recent changes have been made to the Employment Standards Act to allow immediate job-protected unpaid leave for workers affected by COVID-19 to stay home without risk of losing their job. This is available to people considered employees under the Employment Standards Act who are unable to work for the following reasons:
- They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are acting in accordance with instructions or an order of a medical health officer or the advice of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or registered nurse;
- They are in quarantine or self-isolation in accordance with an order of the provincial health officer, an order made under the federal Quarantine Act, or guidelines of the BC Centre for Disease Control or the Public Health Agency of Canada;
- They have been directed by their employer to stay home because of concerns about their exposure to others;
- They are unable to return to B.C. because of a travel or border restriction; or
- They are providing care to their minor child or a dependent adult who is their child or former foster child, including when a school, child care centre or similar facility has closed.
- Three days of unpaid, job-protected leave are to be granted each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury. This is a permanent change to the act that brings B.C. in line with all other provinces in Canada.
View the B.C. government's factsheet on the COVID-19 Job Protected Leave.