Taking sick days

Myth or fact?

In BC, the law requires that workers be given time off when they're sick.
  • Myth
  • Fact

Maybe you’ve come down with a seasonal flu. Or perhaps you’ve sprained an ankle while out running. Whatever the cause of an illness or injury, you may need time off work to recover. Learn your rights to taking sick days.


BC law provides for paid sick leave as of January 1, 2022. Eligible workers are entitled to five days of paid sick leave per year. Read on to learn the details.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in September 2022
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Trevor Thomas, Ascent Employment Law

Trevor Thomas

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