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"The CEO of the WSIB is just another no-heart, no-soul executive looking for a big bonus on the backs of Mr. Public," reader charges

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"These CEOs only see, think and dream green. They are a curse to small business," says our reader Jacques N. Arbic.

I. David Marshall, president and CEO of Ontario’s WSIB, is entering the final year of his five-year contract. He will almost certainly make $800,000 over the next 12 months: base pay of $400,000 and a $400,000 bonus.

How will he earn that $400,000 bonus? Well, his contract, posted online here, says that he will be awarded 20 per cent per year of his total contract over 5 years (at $400,000 per year, that’s $80,000 per each of his 5 years) for coming up with a plan to reduce the WSIB’s unfunded liability (which stands at just south of $14-billion!).

What plan has he enacted? Well, among other things, he is presiding over an agency that is hoovering up another 50,000 to 90,000 contractors into the WSIB system (as part of Bill 119, which came into force a year ago).  Under Bill 119, vast numbers of formerly-exempt contractors must cough up the dough – or risk being prosecuted.

This is what our reader Jacques N. Arbic thought about that, in his online post on Dec. 11.


“The CEO of WSIB is just another no-heart, no-soul executive looking for a big bonus on the backs of Mr. Public.

These CEOs only see, think and dream green. They are a curse to small business.”

What do you think? Is Mr. Arbic right? Or is he being too cynical?


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6 Comments » for "The CEO of the WSIB is just another no-heart, no-soul executive looking for a big bonus on the backs of Mr. Public," reader charges
  1. kevin jones says:

    He is just another parasite in the long list of bugs that are sucking the life out of everybody that is just trying to have a little fun before the grave.he is the same as a polician and should never be trusted.remember,its all about the money,and unless your a lowlife,you will never reap their rewards

  2. Yvette Aube says:

    Speaking as someone who has had a WSIB claim and was basically told that there was nothing wrong with me and then being denied coverage and then been told “yeah we’ll send you to Physio”. I wonder WHY we are even paying into WSIB as it is just another Insurance Carrier.
    Another Scenario- Our company truck is involved in an accident where we got hit by another vehicle [not our fault] so we contact WSIB to cover our techs who were injured in the crash.
    They tell us that our own Insurance will cover the costs of physio and rehab….so why do we pay into WSIB??
    making the new contractors and one-man ops, who are not currently covered apparently will make them more legitimate {??] or drive them deeper underground. Either way, WSIB Rakes in more money and pays out less. Their CEOs and Employees make more money that I do in my own many small contractors do..
    It really makes you rethink why you have Business Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Vehicle Insurance, Personal Insurance and then WSIB Insurance.
    You can only claim injuries on one carrier!!! so……why bother?? except the law says you have to have Insurance..but now WSIB is making us have double insurance/ double payments and can still only claim on one policy….go figure…

  3. Michael Gray says:

    In this day age, lets consider ourselfs lucky ! I’m surprised he did not cut himself in for a percentage of the total take ! This is of course Ontario where it stands for take from the private and give to the public !

  4. Tim Goforth says:

    The irrational policies of the WSIB and Quebec’s equivalent the CSST, are a result of the federal governments offloading of the cost of universal health care to the provinces.
    The provinces have in turn offloaded the costs to business’s like mine resulting in ridiculous legislation and rules defining who is an autonomous worker and who is an employee.

  5. Erin Hawkins says:

    I recognise as an employer paying your premiums as you’re required to so, you unlikely do not know who to believe. I will summarize what WSIB has been doing for at least a decade but has accelerated their attacks on injured workers in the last 5 years. WSIB collects premiums from employers to protect themselves from lawsuits & to provide for workers who are injured on the job. Like a person buying a life insurance policy, $100,000.00 for your dependents to provide for their financial futures. Imagine that when that day came and your family tries to collect with your death certificate in hand. The response of the insurance company was to tell your dependents & beneficiaries that they will only pay them $20.000.00 or simply refuse payment altogether take it or leave it…file an appeal. If you appeal though we may refuse past benefits paid to you. How would you feel? This is how injured workers are feeling. How is this possible? WSIB is an arm’s length agency of the Ministry of Labour. WSIB; Don Marshall, Elizabeth Witmer & John Slinger tells the Labour Minister what he wants to hear but the reality is completely different for injured workers. The truth is in the details. WSIB has implemented discriminatory policies that completely overrides WSIA legislation. Such as “deeming”; deeming an injured worker well enough to return to work based on WSIB’s new policy & not based on medical evidence of the worker. Creating clinics to rubber stamp this false medical information that contradicts a worker’s specialist reports. Outright denial of all benefits to older & psychologically injured workers based on new policy not WSIA. Deemed 80% to 100% reductions to injured workers benefits based on “phantom” wages when a injured remains medically unable to work. Why should employers care if it keeps their premium rates down? Employers are paying twice for these worker injuries, through premiums and through their taxes as these now poverty stricken injured workers & their families fall onto various government programs since WSIB is not paying legitimate claims, arbitrarily reducing benefits & health care supported by lots of medical evidence. My own situation is supported by numerous medical reports from 5 doctors & specialists stating I remain unable to work for medical reasons but WSIB has cut my benefits by 80% through deeming. Taxpayers are paying for these workers & their families since WSIB has refused to pay but this hasn’t stopped WSIB from collecting premiums so where are these premiums going? Check out the Sunshine list, there’re hundreds listed from WSIB. WSIB is suggesting this is necessary to cover an unfunded liability or put another way to put enough in their savings account to pay for bills that do not come do for payment for another 10-30 years. These injured workers & their families are your neighbours but they may also be your consumers. Therefore forcing them into bankruptcy doesn’t help local businesses or the economy.

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