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Posted April 30, 2012

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Elizabeth Witmer Nominated as Chair of WSIB

Queens Park - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has nominated Elizabeth Witmer as Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Witmer, the former MPP from Kitchener-Waterloo, takes over from outgoing Chair Steve Mahoney, who announced his retirement in March.

A former Minister of Labour and Minister of Health, Witmer is exceptionally qualified to Chair the WSIB. She has also served Ontarians as Minister of Education, Minister of the Environment and Deputy Premier, and has a long history of service to her community and province.

In 2010, the Ontario government commissioned a report by the former Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, Harry Arthurs, to provide advice on dealing with the WSIB's unfunded liability. The organization is now working to reduce the unfunded liability while protecting injured workers and ensuring the WSIB operates in a business-friendly manner. As a full-time Chair appointed for a five-year term, Witmer will bring stability and leadership to that process.

The WSIB is an agency of the Ontario government that provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care and assists in early, safe return to work for workers injured on the job, or who contract an occupational disease. It is entirely funded by employer premiums.

The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

"Elizabeth Witmer is exceptionally qualified to be the Chair of the WSIB. Elizabeth will bring strong leadership to the WSIB board as they work to eliminate the unfunded liability while helping injured workers and reducing red tape for businesses." – Premier Dalton McGuinty

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