COVID-19 paid sick-leave reimbursement

Welcome to the reimbursement application

On May 20, 2021, the provincial government introduced new legislation requiring employers to pay employees up to three days of sick leave if they need to stay home as a result of a COVID-19 related circumstance. This paid sick leave will be reimbursed by the government (up to $200 per day, to a maximum total of $600 per employee) if the employer does not have an existing sick leave program in place.

This program is not part of B.C.’s workers’ compensation system and it will not impact WorkSafeBC’s employer premiums or its accident fund. However, you must be registered for WorkSafeBC coverage and you will need to log in to your WorkSafeBC account to apply for reimbursement. If you’re not registered for coverage, you can apply for coverage here.

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Are you eligible for reimbursement?

Employers who do not have an existing sick leave program in place are eligible for reimbursement if an employee’s sick leave is related to COVID-19. For example, if an employee needs to stay home because they:


  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Need to self-isolate or self-monitor
  • Are following a public health order ​
  • Have been directed to stay home by their employer due to exposure risks

Additionally, the employee’s sick leave must have been taken between May 20, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Reimbursement is not available if workers' compensation or other time-loss benefits are being or have been paid to an employee for the missed days of work.


When you select Apply now, you will be redirected to WorkSafeBC’s online services log in page. To start your application you'll need to log in to your online services account, or create an online services account if you don't already have one.


Have a question about this COVID-19 paid sick leave reimbursement application? We’re here to help, please call us at 1-888-PAY-4C19 (or 1-888-729-4219) or email us at: LBR.COVIDPaidSickLeave@gov.bc.ca.