Category: WSIB

July 2019 went down in the books as the hottest month ever recorded globally – a statistic that parallels climate trends in Canada. A recent CBC story explored the topic of sun safety in outdoor workplaces–what regulations exist to protect people who work outside in extreme heat?  As it turns out, there are few concrete […]

Last week, the province announced it is undertaking an operational review of the WSIB “to ensure workers and their families remain supported and protected in the workplace.” According to the province’s news release, the review will have the following: Financial Oversight (sustainability of the WSIB insurance fund and controls over it) Administration (effectiveness of the […]

This coming May 6 to 10th is the second annual Ontario Falls Awareness Week will take place during this week, “workplaces are encouraged to stop work for 15–30 minutes in order to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to their work environment.” These safety talks should be tailored to each workplace’s needs, address […]

The past few months have held many ups and downs for former rubber industry workers and surviving family members in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The good news began late in 2018, when the WSIB announced it would review many previously denied claims, including those from rubber workers. More welcome news followed in January, when the government […]

Finally, some encouraging news for Ontario workers suffering from occupational cancer, and the families of those workers who have died of their illnesses. The Ministry of Labour has announced it is launching a review of occupation cancer, with a report due by the end of 2019. The government named Dr. Paul Demers to lead the […]

Things have not been looking up for the WSIB lately. In addition to shocking claims being rejected (this one from last week was unbelievable), there have also been many calls for the WSIB to review past denied claims, such as the Peterborough GE workers and Kitchener rubber workers affected by alarming rates of cancer. (You […]

We’ve written before about the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy and how it covers workplace harassment. The policy was an overdue addition to Ontario’s workers’ compensation regime, but a recent audit conducted by the WSIB shows that the rate of approved claims is abysmally low. According to the Toronto Star, the audit revealed that […]

Everyone knows the old expression, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” This expression was meant to discourage children from engaging themselves against teasing or name-calling.  The rhyme has endured as a timeless, common-sense wisdom. However, as the world evolved, that old advice (“just ignore it”) is becoming less […]

Every year in Ontario, thousands of workers are injured on the job.  Knowing what to do is not always clear and if you’ve hurt been and are in pain, it’s normal that you might not be thinking clearly. Here is a short guide on what to do if you’ve been hurt at work. Get first […]

In our last post we reiewed the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy. In today’s post, we will focus on traumatic mental stress in the workplace and the policies WSIB has in place to cover these types of injuries. Under WSIB Policy 15-03-02: Traumatic Mental Stress, you may have a valid claim for traumatic mental […]