Return to Work

Workplace injuries and illnesses significantly impact both workers and employers. There are two ways to reduce those impacts:

  1. Investing in prevention: an effective safety and health program can help workers avoid sustaining an injury during the course of their workday.
  2. Developing a practical and comprehensive Return to Work program: these programs can help your business maintain productivity, reduce days lost and provide your worker with the support they need for a healthy recovery.


What is a Return to Work Program?

A Return to Work program is a proactive approach to helping injured workers stay at work or return to safe and productive employment as soon as health permits following a workplace injury. A Return to Work program provides modified or accommodated duties and/or graduated work schedules as needed to help injured workers come back to work while they are recovering from their injury or illness. 

The goal is to facilitate a safe and timely return to work, prevent further injuries and optimize the worker’s recovery. The best approach is to have your Return to Work program and policies in place before a workplace injury occurs – but it’s never too late to start.


Why Have a Return to Work Program?

A Return to Work program helps you:

  • Keep experienced workers connected to the workplace
  • Reduce the costs of recruiting and training replacement staff
  • Maintain productivity and team dynamics
  • Improve workplace morale
  • Reduce direct costs related to workplace injuries
  • Meet the legal requirements related to Human Rights and WCB re-employment legislation.


A Return to Work program helps injured workers:

  • Recover more rapidly from their injuries
  • Maintain their full rate of pay and benefits
  • Continue to earn pension benefits and vacation days (in some cases)
  • Get back on track sooner with less uncertainty about the future
  • Maintain social contact with co-workers.


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