Caitlin Taylor · CBC News

Bike couriers for Uber Eats in Ontario will now be covered by two types of accident and health insurance.

Uber Eats will offer its own insurance, and the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will require the company to pay premiums for coverage under the board for its couriers.

Uber Eats is one of three popular food-delivery apps in Ontario that allow customers to use their smartphones to have food delivered from a restaurant. The other two are SkipTheDishes and Foodora.

Uber Eats said this week it will also offer accident insurance coverage for couriers on e-bikes, e-scooters and on foot.

In November of last year, Marketplace reported the discrepancy among food-delivery companies when it comes to protecting bicycle couriers. In Ontario, Foodora paid workers’ compensation premiums and couriers could apply if they were injured on the job. At the time, Uber Eats was not required to register with the WSIB, and Skip the Dishes’ status was pending.

 

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