Paid sick leave

Starting on January 1, 2022, the majority of workers in B.C. will be able to access 5 paid sick days for personal illness or injury each year. Both full-time and part-time employees are eligible for this benefit.

This entitlement is in addition to the 3 days of unpaid sick leave currently provided by the Employment Standards Act.


The paid sick leave entitlement applies to all employees covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA), including part-time, temporary or casual employees.

The Employment Standards Act doesn’t cover certain types of employees, including:

  • Federally-regulated sectors
  • Self-employed workers or independent contractors
  • Employees in professions and occupations excluded from the ESA

To be eligible, you must have worked with your employer for at least 90 days to be eligible for the paid sick days.

Your employer may request reasonably sufficient proof of illness.

More information

Read more or find this information in other languages on the Province of British Columbia’s website