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B.C. announces 5 days of paid leave for workers fleeing domestic and sexual violence

BY , Mar 3, 2020 9:14 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:32 PM

Surrey-Newton NDP MLA Harry Bains arrives to the start of the debate at B.C. Legislature in Victoria on June 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

The B.C. government has announced five days of paid leave for workers fleeing domestic and sexual violence.

The ministries of labour, finance and the gender equity office made the announcement this morning in Victoria.

The new legislation also covers parents of a child or dependent impacted by domestic or sexual violence.

Tracy Porteous, the executive director of the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia says survivors of such violence face many difficulties but having informed and respectful people and processes in place to offer assistance will give them time to heal.

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