Support Bill 145: WSIB Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes
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The majority of Developmental Services Workers (DSWs) work in group homes across this province. They work with individuals who have a variety of mental and physical challenges and need their support. This work can be extremely satisfying, but is also often met with risk to their own personal health and safety.
Currently, it is not mandatory for their employers to cover workplace safety insurance benefits. In fact, less than two-thirds of the workplaces offer any workplace safety insurance benefits.
On June 8, 2017, Bill 145, WSIB Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2017 was introduced at Queen’s Park. It went through second reading in November.
If the proposed legislation is passed, it will amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to provide that an employer who operates a residential care facility or a group home is a Schedule 1 employer. This will expand mandatory workplace safety and insurance coverage for employees of group homes and residential care facilities including retirement homes, rest homes and senior citizen's residences.
DSWs are taking care of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and deserve the same protections as so many other workers in our Province. They need your help to strengthen this legislation and ensure that it is passed.
Let’s send a message to your MPP to support Bill 145.
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