TORONTO, ON – The Ford government announced today they are slashing the amount businesses will pay to support the insurance system that protects injured workers, instead of making investments to ensure the program adequately provides injured workers with the support they deserve.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) was created over a century ago to provide workers who are injured, made sick, or killed on the job with supports, including an income, to help them and their families. Today’s announcement of an across-the-board average premium reduction to employers of 29.8 % in 2019 comes after the WSIB has already cut employer rates by 10% in the past few years.
“For too long Liberal and PC governments alike have failed to support injured workers with an adequate workers’ compensation system,” Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, stated in response to the government’s announcement. “Benefits paid out to injured workers have been on the decline for years. Far too many injured workers are being denied access to benefits of any kind or aren’t even covered by WSIB in the first place. Thousands of injured workers are now living in poverty in Ontario. Ford is simply speeding up the Liberals’ work on reducing support to injured workers.”