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“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 […]

“The two final recommendations are directed at improving work conditions for employees. One called for mental health supports to be provided for employees who work through a pandemic for up to two years. ONA recommends that WSIB should be mandated to provide support for any mental health issues or injuries and be classed as a […]

“MPP Monique Taylor is introducing a bill in April that would give all employees working at a job designated as essential presumptive coverage for mental health supports through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.” Article: Essential workers need access to mental health services Author: Maureen Revait Date: March 24, 2021

“…Hamilton Mountain MPP Monique Taylor discussed a private member’s bill she is tabling at Queen’s Park that would provide essential workers easier access to mental-health benefits through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).” Article: Grace Villa worker reveals PTSD from ‘absolutely traumatic experience’ in COVID-19 outbreak Author: Maria Iqbal Date: March 23, 2021