Temp agencies more likely to break law — but audits decline by 80 per cent, WSIB documents show

March 21, 2019


The provincial workers’ compensation board conducted just 85 audits of temporary help agencies last year, down from 454 in 2016 — despite the fact its own internal reports have found temp agencies to be significantly more likely than other employers to break the law, documents obtained by the Star show.

The 80 per cent decline is part of an overall drop in the number of compliance checks conducted by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, according to the documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request; such inspections fell by almost 50 per cent since 2016.

The audits are designed to ensure employers are accurately reporting workplace injuries and paying their fair share in insurance premiums. Premiums fund province-wide benefits for injured workers and are a crucial financial incentive for employers to keep their workplaces safe.

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