Special COVID-19 Vaccination Leave in Saskatchewan

This blog was originally published on March 18, 2021 and has been revised to include recent updates.

Saskatchewan has amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 (2020 OHS Regulations) to allow workers paid time off in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

The amendments were published in the Saskatchewan Gazette on March 26, 2021 but are in effect as of March 18, 2021. The amendments are found in Part VI – General Health Requirements of the 2020 OHS Regulations.

The new section 6-22.1 of the 2020 OHS Regulations provides the following:

  • The leave is for the purpose of permitting workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination;
  • The leave is provided “at the request” of a worker;
  • The minimum length of the leave is three consecutive hours, however, employers may decide to provide additional leave if required in the “opinion of the employer”;
  • The leave cannot result in loss of pay or other benefits.

The COVID-19 vaccination leave amendment does not expressly indicate whether the three hour leave will apply for one dose of the vaccine, or if it applies to multiple doses. However, the government has advised that the leave only applies to one dose.

We will continue to monitor for further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination leave. The MLT Aikins labour and employment team would be pleased to assist you with any questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination leave.

Note: This article is of a general nature only. Laws and government programs may change over time and should be interpreted only in the context of particular circumstances such that these materials are not intended to be relied upon or taken as legal advice or opinion. Readers should consult a legal professional for specific advice in any particular situation.