Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

April 28, 2011 15:25 ET

Changes to Workplace Safety and Insurance Rules Needed: CME

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2011) - Ontario's workplace safety and insurance system is outdated and requires a comprehensive review to restore effectiveness, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

CME, which has a rich history of advocating workers' compensation issues dating back to 1914, believes the best way to ensure the needs of employers are met is through a Royal Commission.

"Appropriately addressing WSIB's (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) funding crisis requires close scrutiny on both sides of the balance sheet," says Ian Howcroft, vice president, CME Ontario, during an appearance at the WSIB's Funding Review. "You cannot simply look at revenue. Expenses – namely benefits – must be taken into consideration. "

Over the past century, the workers' compensation system has evolved, but changes are still needed to ensure the framework serves the needs of its stakeholders.

CME is advocating for government to adjust the system's current funding model by exploring such options as co-payments for workers, deductibles and waiting periods.

"CME has always played a leading role concerning workers' compensation, including helping to design the original system," explains Howcroft. "A Royal Commission with a mandate to review all aspects of the system is needed to ensure that a publicly run WSIB still continues to meet the needs of employers in the 21st century."

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's leading trade and industry association, and is the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries. CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of total manufacturing production and 90 per cent of Canada's exports.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    Ian Howcroft
    Vice President, CME Ontario
    905-672-3466 ext. 3256