Tracking long-term outcomes of injured workers in Ontario to better target supports

Reasons for the study

Little is known about the specific factors contributing to injured workers’ poor outcomes, and poorer long-term outcomes seem to be on the rise in Ontario. One explanation might be that key changes in labour-market contracting practices have made it more difficult for injured workers and people with disabilities to maintain paid employment. Another possibility is that changes in the legislative and policy context have eroded the support structures that facilitate labour-market re-entry and/or have reduced access to benefits. This study aims to better understand the factors associated with good and poor labour-market and earnings outcomes of workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, both over the short and long term.

Objectives of the study

  • To identify the factors associated with labour-market and earnings outcomes over the short and long term among Ontario workers’ compensation claimants
  • To evaluate how labour-market and earning outcomes have changed among claimant cohorts in Ontario
     

Anticipated results/impact

Identifying key correlates of labour-market and earnings outcomes, and how these outcomes have changed in the aftermath of policy changes, will help better target supports for Ontario workers’ compensation claimants.

Project status

Ongoing

Research team

Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Qing Liao, Institute for Work & Health
Cameron Mustard, Institute for Work & Health
Ron Saunders, Institute for Work & Health

Funded by

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board