Taking sick days

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Achoo! Whether you’ve got a case of the sniffles or a major injury, you might need to take time off work to recover from an illness or injury. 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: 5 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Trevor Thomas, Ascent Employment Law

Trevor Thomas, Ascent Employment Law

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

On Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law has more information on Time off work in the section on Work.