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On Monday, May 25, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government is continuing discussions with the provinces and territories about providing all workers with 10 days of paid sick leave per year. The measure would help workers with COVID-19 symptoms stay home to reduce the risk of a second wave of cases. The federal government is also considering other long-term sick leave support. While a paid sick leave program would fall within the power of provincial governments, the Prime Minister noted that many COVID-19 relief measures have been implemented through joint federal-provincial programs. Details such as eligibility criteria and how the paid time off will be financed have not been confirmed.