The Ontario government will cover employers to pay their workers up to $200 a day for up to three days per worker if eligible. Employers can apply for reimbursement through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
According to statistics provided to Narcity by the minister of labour, training and skills development as of July 22, 49,168 employers have submitted claims for reimbursement with an average value of $154 per day.
Most workers utilizing the program are taking an average of 1.9 paid sick days. However, the program has proven to be less costly than expected.
The original numbers anticipated the program would cost anywhere from $750 million to $1.5 billion, and as of July 22 – more than halfway through the 22-week program — it has only seen $14.1 million in claims.
The program retroactively started on April 19 and will run until September 25, so there is still time for the cost to go up as more claims are made.
Is it really surprising that people are flocking to Canada's Wonderland this year? After all, most GTA summer activities were banned in 2020 due to the pandemic, so why not get your thrills there? I mean, apart from the whole malfunctioning rides thing.
A TikTok video was shared on Thursday, July 22, that showed Skyhawk, a ride at the amusement park that maneuvers people through 360-degree turns at 135 feet in the air, frozen in midair leaving its passengers dangling.
We were about to get on the ride then this happened... #canadaswonderland #fy #foryoupage
The incident, which occurred around 3:48 p.m., reportedly went on for several minutes before being resolved by the park's maintenance staff.
"The guests were returned to the ground safely. The ride is open and operating normally," Grace Peacock, director of communications at Canada's Wonderland, told Narcity.
"Safety is our primary concern and our rides are inspected and tested daily. Canada's Wonderland provides more than 26 million rides each year. Each of our rides is licensed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority and are inspected by the TSSA every year," they added.