Extending WSIB Coverage to Retirement and Residential Care Workers
A CLAC submission to the Ontario government
CLAC has submitted a paper to the Ontario government outlining why personal support workers, developmental support workers, and other essential front-line staff working in retirement and residential care homes should be covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
CLAC believes that extending mandatory coverage though the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) and the WSIB to retirement and group home workers is long overdue, and it is
an essential next step.
Points covered in the submission include
- Why private insurance does not meet the needs of workers in these healthcare settings, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic
- How the rate of lost time injuries in retirement and group homes compares to other workplaces covered by WSIB
- CLAC's recommendation as to how the government should amend the WSIA to include these workplace types, not worker classifications
The full submission is available for download below.