According to the Opposition NDP, the vote marked the 25th time the Ford government has voted down a proposal for paid sick days in 2021 alone.

In a statement reacting to the announcement, CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said the Ford government had “chosen chaos and confusion” over delivering the type of program Ontarians truly need.

“Everyone engaged here needs to keep fighting for real paid sick days we need: permanent, universal, employer-paid, and accessible. That demand did not let up today. Today’s announcement only makes it clearer we must fight to get what every worker so desperately needs.”

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