Ontario wants feedback on portable benefits plan for precarious workers

TORONTO — Ontario is looking for feedback as it moves toward implementing a portable benefits program for precarious workers.

The program is being designed for coverage of health, dental, prescription and vision care to move with an individual if they change jobs.

The province says the program will be geared for retail workers, hospitality workers and the gig economy.

Ontario has launched a survey for the public that will be open until Dec. 16.

The province says the survey will help an advisory panel's recommendations, which are expected next summer.

The portable benefits concept was recommended in a report earlier this year from an expert committee tasked by the government with addressing labour disruptions from the pandemic.

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Online: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-portable-benefits-program

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2022.

The Canadian Press