WSIB Law Blog

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Below is our ongoing collection of citations tracking the latest news releases, media stories and blog posts on the topic of Ontario WSIB claims.

“In Ontario alone, 68 people have died from COVID-19 that they got at work and more than 25,500 had contracted it on the job as of May 31, according to the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). But advocates say those numbers could be even higher since they only include people who have submitted […]

“Injured workers are calling for universal coverage in the workers’ compensation system in Ontario, along with automatic coverage for anyone who gets sick or injured as a result of COVID-19, including undocumented and migrant workers, states a release.” Article: Injured workers join forces demanding change to WSIB system, labour laws Author: DCN-JOC News Services Date: […]

“Health-care workers continue to have some of the highest rates of injury and illness statistics in the workforce. At the same time, our workers’ compensation system is in crisis as cuts to benefits and changes to policies make it more difficult for injured workers to get fair compensation and adequate protection.” Article: June 1st is […]

“Across the province, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is seeing COVID-19 related claims pour in.  ‘We’ve had 21,000 COVID claims from people who believe they have gotten COVID as a result of the workplace,’ said WSIB chair Elizabeth Witmer.” Article: Union representing local workers critical of province’s paid sick leave program Author: Tegan […]

“I realized that WSIB had this negative entitlement policy that automatically denied any claims for neurological issues related to occupational aluminum exposure. So I realized that we wouldn’t be able to win his claim, or even get answers about what the long-term health effects of McIntyre powder were unless we went about it in a […]

“A handful of the over 200 compensation claims by former Neelon Casting employees who suffered respiratory and other illnesses linked to working at the now-closed Sudbury, Ont., brake-parts manufacturer have been processed — which is proving to be ‘life changing’ for some families, a union rep says.” Article: Former Neelon Casting workers start receiving compensation […]

“If you developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after working as an underground miner in Northern Ontario and later submitted a compensation claim to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Sherry Mongeau wants to hear from you. Mongeau is seeking voluntary participants to take part in a research study that will contribute to her PhD in occupational […]

In total, the WSIB has logged 46 deaths that can be linked directly to workplace exposure of the virus in Ontario since the pandemic began. Over the course of 10 months last year, the board “reported 28 such deaths. Now the board has reported 18 deaths in just the first three months of 2021 — […]

“Workers compensation programs across Canada have rejected about 12,000 of the more than 60,600 COVID-19-related claims they’ve received over the past year, leaving workers like Ms. Verma fighting for lost wages and in some cases, turning to taxpayer-funded programs such as the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit and personal healthcare plans with private insurers.” […]

“ONIWG’s submission requests that: the new General Comment advise all governments to ensure that employment injury compensation systems adopt follow-up reporting on the employment outcomes of work injury compensation claimants with long-term work-acquired disabilities; requests all governments ensure humane and dignified treatment of people with work-acquired disabilities in the employment injury benefit system; … “ Article: Ontario […]