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The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is now available, through Work and Income, for businesses and self-employed workers who:

  • need to miss work to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result, and
  • cannot work from home.

Parents and caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents awaiting a test result are also eligible.

Work and Income - COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

Short-Term Absence Payment and taxes