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Ontario amends acts affecting injured workers, firefighters, survivor beneficiaries

Ontario has passed legislation to amend three labour-related acts under the 2015 Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act to further strengthen the rights of injured workers, firefighters and survivor beneficiaries across the province.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the Fire Prevention and Protection Act and Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act will be amended to the following:

• Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) survivor benefits will be calculated based on the average earnings, at the time of diagnosis of the deceased worker’s occupation, rather than current legislated minimum.

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