Promoting Sustainability of Ontario's Workers' Compensation System
McGuinty Government Moving Forward with Proposed Amendments to Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Ontario is moving toward amending the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to promote the long-term stability of the workers' compensation system.
Proposed changes to the WSIA would, if passed, allow the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to:
- Review Loss of Earnings benefits after 72 months -- currently benefits are generally 'locked in' after 72 months, even if an injured worker's condition improves or they rejoin the workforce.
- Base survivor benefits on the average earnings of the deceased worker's occupation or trade rather than the statutory minimum currently provided under the Act.
A financially stable workplace safety and insurance system is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to the safety and well-being of Ontario workers and to a fair and balanced insurance system for injured workers and their employers.
- These proposed amendments will be introduced once the Legislature resumes.
- Ontario is the only province in Canada to ‘lock in’ Loss of Earnings benefits after 72 months.
- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board was created in 1915 as the Workmen’s Compensation Board, through an Act of the Ontario government.
“Our government is helping employers and workers find better ways to get people back to work. The proposed amendments would also help ensure fairness for the survivors of those who die from occupational disease.”