Pandemic Pay Eligibility - May 27, 2020

Ministry of Health
Office of the Deputy Minister

777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1N3

May 27, 2020

Subject: Pandemic Pay Eligibility

From: Helen Angus, Deputy Minister

CC: AssocDM Fraser, ADMs Hillmer, Heenan, Graham, Blair, Sabaratnam, Kaftarian, Dicerni, Dr Williams; President and CEO, Ontario Health, Matthew Anderson

As you know, on April 25, the government announced it is providing eligible frontline and support workers with temporary pandemic pay.

Since that time, we have received inquiries about whether the list of eligible workers or workplaces would be expanded. There is a limit to the amount of funding provided by the federal government through our agreement and after careful consideration, the government will not be expanding the pandemic pay beyond those already deemed eligible.

Pandemic pay will be in effect for eligible workers from April 24, 2020 until August 13, 2020, and consists of:

  1. A temporary top-up on hourly wages: Eligible workers will receive $4 per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of how much they already make; and

  2. Monthly lump sum payments: Eligible workers who work at least 100 hours in a designated 4-week period will also be eligible to receive an additional lump sum payment of $250 for that period, up to a total of $1,000 in lump sum payments. The designated 4-week periods are:

    • April 24, 2020 to May 21, 2020
    • May 22, 2020 to June 18, 2020
    • June 19, 2020 to July 16, 2020
    • July 17, 2020 to August 13, 2020

In the first week of June 2020 ministries will start providing written funding commitments to employer partners that receive direct government funding, as well as to service delivery managers, followed quickly by the flow of money.

We expect some employers will begin receiving pandemic pay in early June, however exact timing will vary.

The Pandemic Pay website at will be updated in the coming days with more specific timelines.

Our ministry will continue to work with eligible employers to move the funding forward as quickly as possible, always recognizing the due diligence that is required for government funding.

If you have any questions about pandemic pay, please contact the Ministry at

Thank you,

Helen Angus
Deputy Minister