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WSIB seeking input on chronic mental stress policy

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The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) wants to hear from Ontarians about its plans for supporting people who suffer from work-related chronic mental stress.

As of May 4, the WSIB is accepting public input on its proposed chronic mental stress program.

"Good mental health is key to having healthy and productive workplaces," said Tom Teahen, president and CEO of the WSIB. "We're asking Ontarians — businesses and workers —for their feedback on our plans to implement service to support people suffering from work-related chronic mental stress."

The consultation dealing with chronic mental stress follows the government of Ontario tabling legislation as part of its 2017 budget that would, if passed, expand the entitlement for injured workers by allowing compensation for work-related chronic mental stress.

"Early intervention is essential to recovery and we want anyone suffering from work-related chronic mental stress to get the support and help they need to return to work," said Teahen. "We look forward to people's input as we look to create a strong program."

Anyone wishing to submit comments should visit the WSIB’s Work-related Chronic Mental Stress Policy Consultation web page. Comments are open until July 7.

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