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102   LAWS OF ONTARIO

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In framing the Act the Commissioner had the advantage of the experience of similar legislation in other countries. Compensation may be granted notwithstanding the fact that the accident was the result of the act or neglect of a fellow workman or partly due to the negligence of the person killed or injured. The compensation funds are provided by assessment upon the employers of each class of industry, the amount of compensation in any case being determined by the nature of the injuries sustained, the degree of in-capacity caused by the accident or disease and the average earnings of the workman.

The compensation includes an allowance for burial expenses in case of death, an allowance to the widow and an allowance for the support of the children under the age of sixteen years. The maximum amount for burial expenses was increased in 1920 to one hundred and twenty-five dollars. The scale of compensation as it stands at present includes, in addition to burial expenses, where the widow or invalid husband of the em-


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