The Ontario Government has recently introduced Bill 149, which it calls the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023. It is proposing changes to a number of labour laws, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, which makes the rules for how the WSIB operates.
The proposed changes are not necessarily bad. For example, Bill 149 would improve recognition of esophageal cancer in firefighters, and would give the government the ability (but not the obligation) to adjust injured workers benefits beyond the rate of inflation, if they ever felt like it. Injured & ill workers and their advocates, however, know that deeper changes are needed.
There will be public hearings by the Standing Committee on Social Policy in Committee Room 2 at Queen’s Park, Toronto, on Monday, February 12, 2024 and Tuesday, February 13, 2024. You can attend in person or watch live streaming online at https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/video/committees-room-2
IWC will be presenting with our friends at the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) and the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers’ Group on Monday February 12th around 3:00pm. Tuning in to view presentations from injured & ill workers and their allies will send a clear message to the Provincial Government that there is broad support for these causes, so please check it out if you are able.
Some other presentations you may be interested in (which can be streamed live at the same link)
Occupational Disease Reform Association: Tuesday February 13th at 10am.
IAVGO Legal Clinic: Tuesday February 13th at Noon.