Category: WSIB

When the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, one of the biggest adjustments that many people had to make was a sudden shift to working from home. While not all jobs can be done remotely, many sectors do have at least some potential for telework and millions of Canadians found themselves doing just that in […]

Ontario is taking baby steps towards reopening after many businesses and workplaces were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While people are being encouraged to work from home if possible, thousands of workplaces rely on staff working in person. A wide variety of businesses and services were given the green light to reopen in some […]

Workplace safety is front of mind these days. Employers must do everything they can do keep their employees as safe as possible by providing PPE and implementing safety protocols and policies. But what happens when the very strategies for keeping employees healthy actually cause them harm? A recent major revelation from the WSIB gives us […]

There’s a heightened sense of poignance on this year’s National Day of Mourning, which is marked today and every April 28 in Canada, to remember those who have died, were injured or made ill at work. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety notes: “This year, this day takes on extra meaning as we […]

Ontario residents find themselves in strange and unfamiliar times. A state of emergency has been declared by the Province of Ontario to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. For people in the workers compensation system, this may be a particularly stressful time. After all, pain and disability don’t stop just because most offices are closing […]

The construction industry faces a lot of challenges when it comes to workplace safety. While Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer recently noted that 2019 saw some improvements over 2018 in terms of fatalities in this sector, the Ministry of Labour admits there is “high potential for injury, given the nature and conditions of the work.” Following […]

When tragedy strikes in the workplace, is it enough for governments to enact legislation and policies to discourage further injuries and fatalities or is a wider cultural change what’s really needed? Both are important, according to occupational health and safety experts and it’s the culture part that can be the hardest. A recent CBC report […]

What comes to mind when you imagine dangerous jobs? Policing or firefighting or perhaps heavy industrial factory work? What about elementary school teacher? Or farmer? Over the past few months, Ontario researchers, worker advocates and unions have been raising awareness about the unexpected dangers of certain workplaces. Elementary Schools Facing the Facts: The Escalating Crisis […]

To resolve the pressing problems of occupational disease and the difficulty sick workers have in getting compensation, one expert says that latest WSIB review won’t cut it. Jim Brophy is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor who has been studying occupational disease for more than 30 years. In a recent interview with the […]

Imagine you are seriously hurt on the job, that you can’t return to your previous work because you now have a permanent disability. Worker’s compensation is supposed to be there to give you income security. However, in reality what often happens is that WSIB chooses a new job it says you “should be able” to […]