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August 2018

WSIB concludes review of past GE Peterborough claims
New evidence and updated scientific research leads to 71 claims being accepted
Peterborough, August 3, 2018 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) review of past claims related to GE Peterborough has come to a conclusion with 71 claims being accepted. The previous decision has been upheld in a further 105 claims with 4 others being abandoned.

April 2018

Provincial review of work-related cancers
WSIB Statement in response to announcement of provincial review of work-related cancers
TORONTO, April 13, 2018 - We help people every day who have seen their lives changed as the result of a workplace injury or illness. We welcome the announcement of Dr. Paul Demers leading a review of work-related cancers and look forward to working with him.

November 2017

Contest Invites Students to Put the Spotlight on Workplace Health and Safety
“It’s Your Job” student video contest brings health and safety to the classroom
TORONTO, November 29, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is launching the fourth annual “It’s Your Job” student video contest in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

September 2017

$760 million to remain in the Ontario economy following latest WSIB rate cut
Small businesses also rewarded for health & safety efforts
TORONTO, September 20, 2017 – For the second year in a row, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is lowering premium rates. The three per cent reduction to the average rate for 2018 was announced at today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for stakeholders.

WSIB to review more than 250 GE Peterborough claims
TORONTO, September 18, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced today that a Dedicated Review Team will re-examine more than 250 claims filed since 2004 that had not previously been allowed.

June 2017

Ontario leads Canada with low lost-time injury rate
By the Numbers: 2016 WSIB Statistical Report now available
TORONTO, June 26, 2017 – Ontario’s workplaces continue to be among the safest in Canada – since 2009, Ontario has had the lowest lost-time workplace injury rate in the country. The average lost-time injury rate for Canada in 2015 was 1.5 per 100 workers, compared with Ontario’s, which over the last four years has been below 1.0 per 100 workers.

May 2017

WSIB Has New Way to Measure Workplace Health and Safety
TORONTO, May 11, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has developed a new tool, the Health and Safety Index, to measure the overall health and safety of Ontario’s workplaces.

WSIB Launches New Health and Safety Leadership Awards for Small Businesses
Companies can win cash to reinvest in health and safety
TORONTO, May 8, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is proud to introduce a new recognition program -- the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards.

WSIB seeks Ontarians’ input on chronic mental stress policy

TORONTO, May 4, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) wants to hear from Ontarians about its plans for supporting people who suffer from work-related chronic mental stress.
 

April 2017

April 28th is a day like no other. It is a Day of Mourning
TORONTO, April 28, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) commemorated the National Day of Mourning at a ceremony this morning. Threads of Life families who have lost a loved one, workers, employers and WSIB staff gathered to honour workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.

March 2017

WSIB funds research to help injured workers recover and return to work
TORONTO, March 14, 2017 – Two researchers have received grants from Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to conduct studies on how to improve return-to-work and recovery outcomes for injured and ill workers.

January 2017

WSIB Welcomes Initiative to Support Appropriate Opioid Prescribing
TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) today welcomed changes to the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan (ODBP) Formulary that de-lists certain higher-strength, long-acting opioids to raise awareness and encourage appropriate prescribing in accordance with clinical practice guidelines.

WSIB Posts Searchable Drug Formularies
TORONTO, January 25, 2017 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has posted its drug formularies, with interactive search capability, on its website.

How Old Are Your Ears?
Find out how your hearing compares to the average person at toneitdown.ca
TORONTO, January 18, 2017 – Between 2006 and 2015, almost 30,000 people - close to the population of Orillia, ON – had an allowed Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) claim. This accounted for about 23% of all allowed occupational disease claims and the condition was completely preventable.

WSIB Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals for Return to Work and Recovery and Innovations in Service
TORONTO, January 9, 2017 – The 2017 application process for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) Grants Program opened today. Through the Program, the WSIB invites proposals for highly practical expert research studies and training initiatives to achieve better return to work and recovery outcomes for injured and ill workers, and to deliver innovations in service within Ontario’s workplace compensation system.

November 2016

Video Contest Awards Prizes to “Healthy and Safe” Students
The WSIB and the Ministry of Labour raise awareness of workplace health and safety with the It’s Your Job Student Video Contest
TORONTO, November 2, 2016 – For the third consecutive year, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MoL) to co-sponsor the “It’s Your Job” student video contest in Ontario.

September 2016

WSIB Announces First Premium Rate Reduction Since 2001
Secure benefits and stable premiums: today’s WSIB
TORONTO, September 14, 2016 – Safer workplaces, better outcomes for injured workers and operational and financial improvements have left Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in its strongest position in decades, WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer reported today.

July 2016

WSIB Named to Take Part in New Provincial Investment Entity
TORONTO, July 6, 2016 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is pleased to support the Ontario government’s creation of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) – a new provincial entity that will help strengthen the WSIB’s Investment Funds and its Employees’ Pension Plan Investment funds.

June 2016

By the Numbers: 2015 WSIB Statistical Report Now Available
TORONTO, June 21, 2016 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) today released its By the Numbers: 2015 WSIB Statistical Report. The report highlights trends in injuries, illnesses, recovery and return to work in Ontario's overall prevention system and industry sectors.

WSIB statement on Injured Workers' Day
TORONTO, June 1, 2016 – Today, on this 33rd Annual Injured Workers’ Day, we at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) express our support for injured and ill workers.

May 2016

WSIB rewards students who #PracticeSafeWork this summer
TORONTO, May 30, 2016 – For the second consecutive year, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is challenging young workers in Ontario to show us how they practice safety in the workplace for a chance to win daily cash prizes through the #PracticeSafeWork Photo Contest.

April 2016

WSIB closes 2015 in a stronger fiscal position
TORONTO, April 29, 2016 - Impressive return-to-work, recovery and financial outcomes through 2015 mean Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will be there for future generations of injured workers, WSIB Chief Financial Officer Pamela Steer said today.

Statement by Thomas Teahen, President And CEO of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, on the Legislation to Support First Responders with PTSD
TORONTO, April 5, 2016 - The WSIB stands ready to implement Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), 2016 for workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

March 2016 

Video Contest Awards Cash Prizes to ‘Healthy and Safe’ Students
Toronto, March 2, 2016 – For the second consecutive year, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MoL) to promote workplace health and safety for young workers by co-sponsoring the It’s Your Job student video contest in Ontario.

February 2016 

WSIB releases 2016-2018 Strategic Plan
Toronto, February 11, 2016
– The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) today released its 2016-2018 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan reflects the WSIB’s commitment to continue strengthening its operations to provide Ontario’s workers and employers with even better service and value.

January 2016 

Statement: WSIB Takes Responsibility to Injured Workers Very Seriously
Toronto, January 29, 2016
- The WSIB stands by its commitment to injured workers, and to providing quality health care programs and services. The WSIB registers over 200,000 claims each year and we take our responsibility to injured workers very seriously. When an injury occurs or an illness is diagnosed, the WSIB acts quickly to ensure workers receive timely, specialized medical care.

November 2015 

WSIB introduces new Grants Program to enhance return to work and recovery outcomes
Toronto, November 27, 2015
– The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has introduced a new Grants Program that invites highly practical expert research studies and training initiatives that are designed to enhance return-to-work and recovery outcomes within Ontario’s workplace compensation system. Interested applicants can find more information, including the initial proposal form, on the WSIB website. The deadline for submitting initial proposals is March 4, 2016.

WSIB ahead of schedule to eliminate UFL: Witmer

Employer premium reductions, sustainable benefits for injured workers on the horizon
Toronto, November 9, 2015 – Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is well ahead of a legislated timetable to reach financial sustainability, which will result in lower premiums paid by employers who fund the system and long-term security for the workers who depend on it, WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer announced today.

WSIB relies on expert Health Care Professionals to support injured worker recovery

Toronto, November 5, 2015 – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has announced that it will release a report alleging that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) ignores opinions and recommendations from some health care providers. Unfortunately, the OFL report was not shared or discussed with the WSIB in advance, but we would be happy to review any files that they would like to bring to our attention.

August 2015

News release: WSIB announces that 2016 premium rates will remain at 2015 levels
Toronto, August 26, 2015 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced today that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.

July 2015

News Release: WSIB’s #PracticeSafeWork contest rewards young workers who work safe this summer
Toronto, July 22, 2015 - Starting today, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is giving young workers in Ontario a chance to showcase their health and safety knowledge for a chance to win daily and weekly cash prizes through the #PracticeSafeWork Twitter Contest. Young workers in Ontario between the ages of 15-24 are being called on to submit images demonstrating their safe work practices using the hashtag #PracticeSafeWork. The social media contest will run through until September 2.

June 2015

News Release: WSIB Statement on Injured Workers’ Day
Toronto, June 1, 2015 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe workplaces and provides workplace insurance coverage to more than five million workers and 290,000 employers. Today Ontario is one of the safest places to work in Canada and Ontario's injury rate is lower than any other province. Injuries resulting in lost time from work have dropped by almost 20 per cent in the past five years.

April 2015 

News release: April 28th is a day like no other. It is a Day of Mourning.
Toronto, April 28, 2015 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) commemorated the National Day of Mourning at a ceremony this morning. Threads of Life families, labour and employers and WSIB staff, gathered to honour workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.

Media advisory: Premier to Join Chair and Board of the WSIB at Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28th

Toronto, April 24, 2015 – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will commemorate the National Day of Mourning at a public ceremony on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015.

Past news releases

Compass: Guiding you to a healthy and safe workplace
WSIB@work seasonal newsletter