The bottom line:
58 percent of workers in Canada don’t have access to paid sick days.
Many are frontline workers in low-wage jobs and who are disproportionately women and workers of colour.
Without paid sick days, some workers go into work sick because they can’t afford to stay at home and get better. That puts them and other workers at risk of serious illness.
Research shows that more paid sick days can reduce the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus.