NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the legislation is too little too late.
On Wednesday, the provincial government announced paid sick days for COVID-19.
"Our government has long advocated for the federal government to enhance the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit program to better protect the people of Ontario, especially our tireless essential workers", said Labour Minister Monte McNaughton.
The Ontario government will be providing an update on the province's COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Thursday as child-care workers becomes eligible for the shot. Payments will be administered through Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and introduce requirements that will grant people paid time off to receive a vaccine.
Ontario used to have a paid sick leave plan under the previous Liberal government - two days annually after a week of employment. The program, which is available to full- and part-time employees, will be retroactive to April 19 and be effective until September 25.More news: Arlene Foster to quit as Northern Irish first minister and DUP leader
If passed, the new legislation will require employers to provide all full- and part-time employees with $200 of pay for up to three days if they are missing work due to COVID-19 until September 25, 2021.
"We know that employer leave is the most direct support for workers", said Trudeau.
The Trudeau government's sick leave plan -the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit - was developed for the pandemic.
Employers and their workers can call a dedicated COVID-19 Sick Days Information Centre hotline at 1-888-999-2248 or visit Ontario.ca/COVIDworkerbenefit to get more information and updates about the proposed Ontario COVID-19 paid leave days.
So what changed? The federal budget was released, sure - but we can't pretend we would be seeing the same behaviour that we've seen from the Ford government in the past week were it not for the incredible political crisis the government has been mired in since Ontario's third lockdown began earlier this month. So either Freeland was asking Ontario to do something it's already done, or her office was asking the province to match the current number of sick days that federally regulated workers are guaranteed under the Canada Labour Code.More news: Which six states gained Congressional seats; which seven lost seats?
"We're not at the time where we can just throw paid sick days out at random".
Badesha is counting on the British Columbia government to create a sick-leave program that would encourage workers to stay home and look after themselves while also protecting others in the community.
"In the year it took the Ford govt to capitulate on paid sick days, 455,000 people were infected and almost 8,000 died of COVID-19", wrote Horwath on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
"It needs to be explained properly and it needs to be accessible for people to gain access to because COVID-19 has been hard for everybody and we need the government to take the lead on that", Wright said.
"It is not helpful to get into a blame game or get into a standoff", said Singh.More news: Fire tears through Baghdad COVID hospital