Published on April 28, 2020

The temporary pandemic premium pay will ensure essential workers on the frontlines are being compensated adequately, while safeguarding the sustainability and viability of the health and social services sectors.  These frontline workers are often putting themselves or their loved ones at risk to help save lives and we owe them an incredible debt of gratitude.  This is a payment increase that would provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employees' hourly wage.  In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month.  Both of these payment would be in effect for 16 weeks. 

Those eligible to receive the payment would be frontline staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.


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