This webinar will highlight the prevalent and persistent nature of the ongoing financial, health, and social needs of injured workers that are often downloaded to other social support systems when workers’ compensation is no longer available. Beyond coordination between systems, there is a need to examine how the needs of this sub-group are being met, identify opportunities for innovation, and explore a better way forward.
- There is growing concerns about poverty among those who have sustained a work-related injury despite coverage and protection offered by workers’ compensation systems.
- Cost-cutting agendas within employer-sponsored disability benefits can lead to reduced benefits for many Canadians with disabilities and result in downloading costs to publicly funded social assistance programs.
- Policies and practices within workers’ compensation boards seem to contribute to professional deskilling, positioning injured workers for jobs that are unrelated to their skills and interests, and may not be available in the local job market.