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AMAPCEO negotiates extension of COVID-19 sick leave ‘top up’ for OPS members

Publish date: Monday, July 19, 2021 update

Last week, AMAPCEO and the Ontario Public Service (OPS) Employer negotiated an extension of the sick leave ‘top up’ agreement for members in the OPS.

First reached last year, the agreement is designed to ensure no loss of income to members during the required 14-day quarantine should they test positive for COVID-19 and not have adequate sick leave or attendance credits to cover this period.

The new agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2021 and will now expire August 31, 2021. A copy of the agreement is available at

The provisions of the new agreement are the same as before, although it is now only available to members who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

An exception to this can be made for members who are not vaccinated on a Human Rights Code-protected ground. In this situation, members should contact an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative in the OPS for assistance.

As Ontario progresses through the government’s Roadmap to Reopen, AMAPCEO will continue to share important updates through the Member News e-newsletter and on our dedicated COVID-19 information hub at

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).