The Manitoba government is increasing fines for people who repeatedly violate COVID-19 public health orders and is offering sick leave pay for workers affected by the pandemic.
Premier Brian Pallister says fines that currently range from $298 to $5,000 will be doubled for a second or subsequent offence.
The Progressive Conservative government is also offering employers up to $600 per employee for those who take time off for testing, vaccinations or self-isolation.
The sick leave covers up to five days, which do not have to be taken consecutively.
The Manitoba Federation of Labour says the program is flawed because it is voluntary unlike Ontario’s, which requires all employers to offer the leave.
Manitoba has seen its COVID-19 numbers spike in recent weeks, and health officials have warned the demand for intensive care beds is approaching what it was during the peak of the second pandemic wave in the winter.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021.
The Canadian Press