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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.

“‘Recognition of work-related cancers is the first necessary step to preventing them in the future,’ says USW Ontario Director Marty Warren. The report by the OCRC’s Demers, released recently by the Ministry of Labour, points out that Ontario lags far behind major European countries in the recognition of occupational cancers claims.” Article: WSIB and Government […]

“Occupational disease affects thousands of Canadians every year, and yet it’s often treated on a case-by-case basis as if the exposures that caused those diseases exist in isolation. … It’s hard to grasp the true size of the problem, because official statistics count just a fraction of suspected occupational disease cases every year. ‘They are […]

“In June, in response to the findings, the WSIB officially adjusted the guidelines it uses to weigh the compensation claims submitted by miners who developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to the powder. The WSIB says it now ‘recognizes Parkinson’s disease resulting from occupational exposure to McIntyre Powder as an occupational disease.’ Claims will be […]

“A report released Tuesday finds only a small fraction of those who get cancer on the job ever get workers’ compensation. Commissioned in April 2018 by the Ministry of Labour, the review, conducted by Dr Paul Demers of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), explored how scientific evidence can best be used in determining work-relatedness […]

“An expert in occupational cancer research has submitted his final report to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development recommending a number of changes to the claims process in this province.” Article: Review calls for changes to WSIB and Ministry of Labour claims process Author: James Jackson Date: July 10, 2020

“Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians are exposed to workplace carcinogens — but only a small fraction of those who get cancer on the job are ever compensated, a new expert report for provincial Ministry of Labour has found. Poor to nonexistent tracking of occupational cancers in Ontario, ‘grossly inadequate’ scientific capacity, and patchy training for […]

“As research shows, much of the messaging on breast cancer omits environmental and social risks, and primary prevention. The women at the Ambassador Bridge also describe how they see their work environment as a contributor to the high rates of breast cancer there. They mentioned diesel exhaust, air pollution, shift work, stress and the lack […]

“Thousands of people in Ontario will get cancer from their job this year, but the vast majority will never receive compensation because of an outdated government system used to assess their claims, according to a new study commissioned by the province. The independent study, requested by the Ministry of Labour, estimates about 3,000 new cases […]

“Parkinson’s is now officially recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as an OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE for workers who were previously required to inhale McIntyre Powder (finely ground aluminum dust) on the job. “ Article: Parkinson’s related to McIntyre Powder exposure officially recognized as an Occupational Disease Author: Janice Martell Date:  July 2, 2020

“As of Friday, the Star’s tally, based on local media reports, identified more than 800 COVID-19 cases among farm workers (including local employees). But there were fewer than 400 compensation claims in the agricultural sector registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, according to publicly available numbers.” Article:  The Ontario government says migrant workers […]