NEWS October 29th, 2015
On October 27th, 2015, MPP Albanese introduced Bill 133, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Permanent Partial Disability Supplements), 2015 in the Ontario Legislature.
If passed, this bill would end the second class status of some WSIB claimants injured prior to 1990 and correct the unfairness to this group of permanent disability pensioners, that have their worker’s compensation benefits reduced every year, by the same amount that Old Age Security benefit increases for inflation.
The problem arises when these older workers reach the age of 65 and Old Age Security starts being factored in with their WSIB benefits. For those injured before 1985, the sum of their pension, the supplement, any other wages, and the Old Age Security, cannot exceed a ceiling of 75 per cent of their pre-injury earnings. For those injured before 1989, that sum cannot exceed a ceiling of 90 per cent of their pre-injury earnings. The result is that these injured workers never get any increase – anytime Old Age Security is adjusted for inflation for necessary cost-of-living increases, their WSIB payments are clawed back from these seniors who need it most.
This bill has been introduced in the Legislature three times before. Each time it received support from the general public and most importantly, from injured seniors who are affected by this historical injustice. They are counting on the Provincial Government to finally pass this bill.
The Bill will be debated in the Legislature at Second Reading on October 29th, 2015.
Background Information - attached
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Darlene Ferreira, MPP Albanese - Queen’s Park, 416-325-3580
Attachments:Bill 133 Backgrounder
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