Injured Worker Benefits Increasing on January 1

    Increase Helps Deserving Workers

    TORONTO, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - Workers who have been injured on the job in
Ontario will receive the second of three increases in their benefits of
two-and-a-half per cent as of January 1, 2008, Labour Minister Brad Duguid
    "Our government is committed to creating a brighter future for injured
workers," Duguid said. "We have put more money into the hands of injured
workers through benefit increases and reforms to the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Act."
    Changes in the 2007 budget enhanced the benefits for more than 155,000
injured workers by two-and-a-half per cent on July 1, 2007. Along with the
two-and-a-half per cent increase on January 1, 2008, a further increase of
two-and-a-half per cent will be made on January 1, 2009. Combined, these
increases exceed the current rate of inflation. These increases apply to those
who are permanently, partially disabled.
    Before the 2007 budget announcement by the McGuinty government to provide
injured workers with three increases of two-and-a-half per cent over
18 months, injured workers saw benefits increase by less than three per cent
over the past 12 years.
    "The McGuinty government inherited a system that was in serious jeopardy
but we are well on our way to fixing it," emphasized Duguid. "These benefit
increases help injured workers and their families while we work to create a
system that will truly and fairly benefit all workers."

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Susan McConnell, Minister's
Office, (416) 326-7710; Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405

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