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ESDC Publishes Draft Regs for Paid Medical Leave

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has now published proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I, pertaining to paid medical leave (10-paid sick days).

Throughout the consultation period leading up to Gazette I, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) raised several issues, including the disproportionate financial impact the proposal will have on the trucking sector and the increased pressure it will put on the Canadian supply chain by further exacerbating labour shortages. Other technical challenges with the proposal were also raised by CTA, namely that Driver Inc. organizations whose operational models are principally built on non-compliance, will simply sidestep these new rules. These concerns were not addressed in the Gazette I proposal.

CTA will be meeting with its Board of Directors in the coming week to discuss these issues and will provide ESDC with the Alliance’s response within the 30-day comment period.

CTA will continue to keep members up to date as the Gazette process continues. As it stands, paid medical leave is expected to come into force on December 1, 2022.


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