Alberta / covid 19

Paid leave for COVID-19 vaccinations

News Release
Paid leave for COVID-19 vaccinations

Paid, job-protected leave means Albertans will not have to choose between their health and their job if they want the COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta’s government intends to introduce legislation that will make amendments to the Employment Standards Code to ensure working Albertans can access up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
As Alberta’s vaccination program expands, this leave will allow employees to take the necessary time away from work without fear of penalty, reprisal or loss of pay to do their part in fighting the pandemic.
Employees and employers are encouraged to work together when scheduling COVID-19 vaccination leaves.

“By providing choice without consequence, we continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Albertans. Nobody should have to choose between getting vaccinated and putting food on the table and with this legislation, nobody will have to.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

If passed, this act will take effect on the day the bill receives first reading. COVID vaccination leave will apply to all employees regardless of job status. There will be no requirement to have worked any length of time for an employer.
For more information on additional supports available for Albertans and business owners, please visit
Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

Quick facts

These amendments will take effect on the day the bill receives first reading.

Employees will be allowed up to three hours paid, job-protected leave per vaccine.

All full-time and part-time employees are eligible regardless of length of employment.

Employees should discuss vaccination leave with employers prior to booking their appointment.

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