Pandemic Pay for Frontline Workers

Published on April 27, 2020

 

To take care of the hands that take care of us, the Provincial Government will add a $4 raise per hour and $250 more per month. These frontline workers help sustain the people of Ontario even in a global pandemic.

It is crucial to help frontline workers who are exhausted and have been working long hours to make sure the people in Ontario have a fighting chance against the global pandemic. These frontline workers are often putting themselves or their loved ones at risk to help save lives and we owe them an incredible debt of gratitude. Frontline workers are delivering critical services that support all Ontarians, including the most vulnerable members of our communities.That is why we are authorizing a temporary $4/hr worked pandemic premium for the next four months.

 Further more, this is a payment increase that would provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employees’ hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month. Both of these payments would be in effect for 16 weeks. Those eligible to receive the payment would be frontline staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.This temporary pandemic premium pay will provide additional support and relief, encouraging staff to continue working and attracting prospective employees to help maintain safe staffing levels and the operation of critical frontline services. 

Those eligible to receive the payment includes staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals. "These people put themselves in harm's way to care for our sick and vulnerable citizens. I am truly grateful, as are the people of Ontario, for their service, and it's time we give something back to those who sacrifice so much day in and day out"said Premier Ford.