Ontario to change compensation for injured migrant workers

Ontario to change compensation for injured migrant workers
Ontario to change compensation for injured migrant workers

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Chairman Jeff Lang says the changes relate to how the board compensates a worker who cannot return to their job due to a injury, but who is able to work elsewhere.

There Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of OntarioWSIB pays workers 85 percent of their wages if they are injured on the job and unable to return to duty, but it recoups money they earned from other work.

Lang says this isn’t fair because migrant workers who return home after an injury typically earn much less at home than if they worked the same job full-time in Ontario.

Lang says he’s sorry for what he calls the province’s unfair treatment of injured migrant workers.

These are some of the most vulnerable people, who came to work in Ontario, got injured and were sent back to their country of origin. They got injured, were sent back to their home country, and criticized for not being from Ontariohe says.

He claims that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of OntarioWSIB is reviewing 50 claims dating back to 2007 and will likely pay millions of dollars in retroactive compensation.

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