Province boosts benefits fund to help U.S. Steel pensioners
Ministry of Finance adds $2.65 million to a pot that started with $3 million
The province will kick in another $2.65 million to a fund for U.S. Steel Canada pensioners left in the lurch when the company got court approval last fall to stop paying for prescription drug and other health benefits.
The fund, which took effect in January, had an initial contribution of $3 million. That contribution has not yet run out.
It was launched to cover urgent health needs for people who used to work at the Hamilton and Nanticoke steel mills while the company continues its restructuring process in court.
As part of its support, the government is helping people transition to other provincial benefits, like the Trillium plan for retirees.
"Our government remains committed to working with all stakeholders in the restructuring process to achieve the best possible outcome for employees, pensioners, suppliers, customers and the long-term viability of the Canadian operations," said Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, in a statement.