Ontario Protecting Workers and Employers during COVID-19

Proposed legislation will ensure WSIB premiums and compensation remain stable

December 8, 2020

Labour, Training and Skills Development

TORONTO – The Ontario government introduced the Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2020 that would, if passed, protect employers from an unexpected increase in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums, while maintaining an increase to the maximum earnings cap for worker benefits.

The loss of jobs among lower wage workers, including those in the retail, hospitality and the service sector, during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in the average industrial wage (AIG) of Ontario workers by 7.8 per cent, compared to an average increase of 2-3 per cent. The proposed amendment would limit the impact the increase the AIG has on WSIB premiums to 2 per cent, making sure struggling business owners aren’t subject to sudden undue costs during these challenging times.

Additionally, this new amendment will not impact the 7.8 per cent increase in the earning cap for workers, ensuring they will continue to be fairly compensated for work-related injuries and occupational diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our government is protecting jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving employers the support they need to get through this difficult time,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our proposed amendments will help businesses, while making sure that we continue to support workers who are injured on the job.”