There is overwhelming support for mandated paid sick days, as confirmed by polling data released today. The poll found that 83 per cent of Ontarians believe “governments should make all employers provide paid sick days for all employees,” with strong support from 64 per cent of the majority.
In a release issued today, Patty Coates, Ontario Federation of Labour President said “Amidst a catastrophic third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that there is an urgent need for legislation that provides permanent, adequate, and universal paid sick days”. Ontarians overwhelmingly agree that paid sick days are a common-sense public health measure that keep people safe during COVID and beyond, The Ontario Federation of Labour states.
In addition to shifting public opinion on paid sick days, the poll also found increased support for public services, support for a tax on large corporations that have profited from this pandemic, and a need for major changes to social and economic policy