Good afternoon, I am at a loss to find a concrete answer on whether or not a dentist appointment is considered medical under the new Paid Medical Days policy that came into effect December 1st 2022. Wondering if anyone can provide some insight. Thank you.
I agree with you, this is difficult to discern as the law is written. Your question about dentist appointments could also apply for physio, massage, psychologist, and other traditionally ancillary to medical appointments.
To answer this question though, I would defer to the Government of Canada’s own policy which states:
“Although the directive does not define what constitutes a routine or periodic check-up, it is normally limited to appointments of a preventive nature such as appointments for annual physical, dental check-up and eye exam. These types of appointments are normally scheduled in advance and the individual is not sick or injured.
There may be cases where the appointment is periodic but not routine yet could still qualify as being diagnostic and preventive in nature. Examples of this could include an appointment for a colonoscopy or a mammogram.”
For the Government of Canada, they do include dentist appointments in their sick day policy, so it is fair to assume that they apply.