Friday, May 19, 2017

Ontario To Extend WSIB Benefits For Chronic Workplace Stress - ROB BOSWELL

by Rob Boswell 
Originally published: May 17, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 127 - the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017.  Among amendments to several other statutes, Bill 127 will result in significant amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSI Act) which are set out in Schedule 33 of the Bill.

The most notable change to the WSI Act will expand the scope of entitlement for mental stress.  It is anticipated that the Bill will be passed quickly.  The mental stress amendments will then be in force on January 1, 2018 without retroactive application.  These amendments will repeal subsections 13(4) and (5) of the WSI Act which currently read as follows (with emphasis added):

Exception, mental stress

(4) Except as provided in subsections (5) and 14 (3), a worker is not entitled to benefits under the insurance plan for mental stress.