Relocation is a work reintegration (WR) option that may be considered when a suitable occupation (SO) is not available with the injury employer or in the local labour market.
This document should be read in conjunction with 19-02-01, Work Reintegration Principles, Concepts and Definitions.
When does the WSIB offer relocation?
The WSIB will offer relocation services when all of the following conditions are met
- permanent work-related restrictions require the worker to change jobs
- there is no SO with the injury employer in the local labour market
- there is no SO with the injury employer in the surrounding area within a reasonable commuting distance
- labour market information indicates there are no SOs in the local labour market with a new employer, and
- the broader labour market offers greater employment prospects in the SO.
The WSIB will pay for appropriate expenses directly related to the worker looking for work in the broader labour market.
Once the worker has received a bona fide offer of employment in the broader labour market, the WSIB will pay for appropriate expenses associated with that relocation.
Worker declines relocation
If the worker chooses not to relocate to obtain a SO available in the broader labour market, WT services will be closed and loss of earnings (LOE) benefits adjusted based on what the worker is able to earn in the established SO earnings in the broader labour market. This is consistent with the completion/closure of a WT plan. See 18-03-02, Payment and Reviewing LOE Benefits (Prior to Final Review) for details.
This policy applies to all decisions made on or after July 15, 2011.
Policy review schedule
This policy will be reviewed within five years of the application date.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended
Sections 42, 43
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