COVID-19 News Provincial

UPDATE: Province passes 3-hours paid leave for COVID-19 vaccinations

Updated April 21, 9:05 p.m.

Bill 71 Employment Standards (COVID Vaccination Leave) Amendment Act, 2021, has passed.

Effective today, every working Albertan can access up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave for each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. All employees are eligible regardless of job status or length of employment.

EDMONTON – The provincial government intends to introduce legislation that will make amendments to the Employment Standards Code to ensure working Albertans can access up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This leave will allow employees to take the necessary time away from work without fear of penalty, reprisal, or loss of pay to do their part in fighting the pandemic.

“By providing choice without consequence, we continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Albertans,” said Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration. “Nobody should have to choose between getting vaccinated and putting food on the table and with this legislation, nobody will have to.”

If passed, this act will take effect on the day the bill receives first reading. COVID vaccination leave will apply to all employees regardless of job status. There will be no requirement to have worked any length of time for an employer.

Employees and employers are encouraged to work together when scheduling COVID-19 vaccination leaves.

For more information on additional supports available for Albertans and business owners, please visit alberta.ca/COVID19.