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Ontario Ensuring Fairness For Injured Workers

Proposed Amendments Would Lead to Full Consumer Price Indexation of Benefits for Partially-Disabled Injured Workers

  • Issued: November 20, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: November 2015

NEWS

Ontario is proposing amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act that would provide full Consumer Price Index indexation of benefits for all injured workers on an annual basis.

If passed, beginning January 1, 2018, the amendments would provide all injured workers and their survivors with full Consumer Price Index indexation on the benefit amount.

Ontario also intends to propose regulatory increases that, if approved, would provide injured workers on partial disability benefits an increase of 0.5 per cent on January 1, 2016 and a 1 per cent increase on January 1, 2017 on their pre-injury gross earnings.

The proposed changes would provide fairness in the way that injured workers receiving Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits are treated. Currently only workers on full disability benefits and survivors receive full CPI increases.

These amendments complement changes proposed in Bill 109, Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act. If passed, those amendments would ensure workers know that they have a right to file a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claim, increase maximum corporate penalties for a Workplace Safety and Insurance Act conviction, provide greater fairness by enhancing survivor benefits, and enshrine the Fair Practices Commission in legislation.

QUOTE

"We are committed to providing a fair, just and efficient workers’ compensation system. These proposals would ensure that all injured workers are treated the same, as well as ensure that benefits for injured workers on partial disability keep pace with inflation. Respect for those injured at work is essential, and working toward a fair and predictable compensation system is the right thing to do."
– Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately 140,000 injured workers receive WSIB partial disability benefits.

LEARN MORE

Find out more about Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
Janet Deline, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

ontario.ca/labour-news
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