Elizabeth Witmer holds first of six roundtables with CFIB members
TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) welcomes the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's
(WSIB) focus on reducing the burden of red tape on the province's small
Earlier this morning, Elizabeth Witmer, Chair of the WSIB, held a joint
roundtable with the CFIB in Toronto to hear from employers on what they
need and don't need from her agency to run their business. Earlier this
year, Witmer agreed to meet with business owners across the province;
today's roundtable is the first of six that will take place across the
province this spring.
These roundtables were spurred, in part, by concern among business
owners that their issues were not being addressed by the WSIB,
including rising premiums on their payroll to fund the system. A recent
CFIB report on workers' compensation systems found that Ontario scored
the lowest in the country on long-term financial sustainability and
"Rising employer premiums and headaches that come from excessive WSIB
regulations are making it harder for small employers to grow their
business and create jobs," said CFIB's Ontario vice president Satinder
Chera. "Thankfully, with new leadership at the WSIB, there finally
seems to be a willingness to address these concerns."
A number of issues were discussed during the roundtable, including the
WSIB's $14 unfunded liability, which is driving up premiums, and Bill
119, which imposed mandatory WSIB coverage on business owners and
contractors in the construction industry in January.
"I am getting an earful from members who feel that law-abiding
businesses are being punished because of a few rotten apples," added
Chera. "CFIB looks forward to working with Elizabeth Witmer, who has a
proven track record of helping small businesses, to address their
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 109,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE: CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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