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Statement by WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer and WSIB President and CEO Thomas Teahen on CFIB report

Release of the CFIB’s Assessing Ontario’s Workers Compensation: Progress to Date Since 2011

TORONTO, May 27, 2016 – We are pleased Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) received recognition of its service improvements by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) yesterday.

The WSIB has made great strides in recent years in becoming more responsive, accountable and financially stable for the benefit of employers and injured workers alike. It is gratifying to see those efforts are paying off – as recognized by an independent business advocacy group like the CFIB.

In its report, the CFIB notes that the WSIB has made significant improvements in managing premium rates, improving claims management and enhancing customer service.

We will continue to:
  1. Regain the system’s financial footing – as evidenced by a drop in the WSIB’s unfunded liability from $14.2 billion in 2011 to $6.4 billion today
  2. Sharpen the WSIB’s focus on customer service – such as exploring leading-edge new ways to communicate with injured workers, their caregivers and employers
  3. Operate in a manner that is financially sustainable, so that we can safeguard fair benefits for ill or injured workers and stable premiums for employers
  4. Modernize our Rate Framework to develop a system which is simple, transparent and more customer-friendly.
The WSIB is committed to providing stronger support and better outcomes for workers who depend on the system and the employers who fund it.
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