Who pays the mental health bill?

As recognition of issue grows, so does amount of compensation
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2016

As the stigma falls away from mental health in the workplace, employers and governments are facing a massive bill — and, surprise, it appears nobody is remotely interested in footing it.

Earlier this month, the Toronto Star reported the details of a complaint filed with Ontario’s ombudsman over the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)’s rejection of benefits for workers with chronic stress claims. On the surface, the rules seem pretty straightforward.

The WSIB’s operational policy manual on “Traumatic Mental Stress” states workers are entitled to benefits if the stress is “an acute reaction to a sudden and unexpected traumatic event arising out of the course of employment.”