Alberta to change Employment Standards Code helping workers during COVID-19 pandemic

“We appreciate those employers who are already offering paid sick leave to those who have to stay at home,” Kenney said. “It is important that we all support each other"


In a Media briefing on Friday March 13, Premier Jason Kenney announced new measures to protect Alberta workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney said that every Albertan in the workforce would be entitled to 14 days of job-protected leave, and the government is waiving the 90-day waiting period for new employees.

Workers also no longer need to give employers a medical note.  The extended sick leave period has also been extended from five to 14 days.

The province has also waived the 90-day employment eligibility period, meaning that all workers will qualify for this new policy.


Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that Health Link 811 is receiving more than 6,300 calls each day, prompting hours-long wait times.

In an effort to manage wait times, AHS has launched an online-assessment tool at The purpose of the tool is to let the public know whether testing is required based on their symptoms.



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