Injured Worker Outreach Services

June 01, 2005 15:50 ET

Injured workers applaud government action

Changes to Ontario WSIB fairer and in the right direction Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2005) - Injured worker groups today applauded the Ontario Government's action to change the way in which the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board treats Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits.

"The announcement today is a step in the right direction to treat injured workers more fairly," said Jessica Schmidt, spokesperson for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Injured Workers' Group Inc. It is encouraging to see that injured workers are now one step closer to receiving benefits that correspond to their true wage loss.

Successive governments have enacted legislation that resulted in a significant loss of income for injured workers. De-indexing of WSIB pensions occurred in the early 1990's and Bill 99 during the Conservative regime resulted in a 5 % loss of income for injured workers. This is the first time since January 1, 1998 that injured workers have received an increase in their benefits.

"Congratulations to Minister Bentley for living up to his commitment to examine the financial circumstances of injured and disabled workers," said Linda Wood from the Injured Workers Support Network of Kingston and area. "I hope that we can continue to work with the Minister of Labour to address other inequities faced by injured workers and their families".

This change will affect approximately 3000 injured workers in Ontario and is retroactive to January 1, 2004.

Contact Information

  • Tom Yee, Director, Injured Worker Outreach Services
    Primary Phone: 416-674-4880
    Secondary Phone: 416-471-0665