The Manitoba government has announced a COVID-19 sick leave benefit.

The Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave program will provide employers with up to $600 per employee for up to five full days of COVID-19 related sick leave. Sick days do not have to be taken consecutively.

Eligible employees must live and work full or part-time jobs in Manitoba.

Those eligible for the benefit must provide a positive COVID-19 test, be showing cold or flu-like symptoms, or be caring for a loved one that is sick.

The eligibility period begins today and runs until at least Sept. 25.

More information and an application can be found here.