As a result of relentless pressure from migrant workers and their advocates, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has changed the way it provides health care to injured migrant workers in Ontario and in their home countries. More work needs to be done, but as of January 15, 2018, the following changes are in

On February 1, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the Quebec’s workers’ compensation board and tribunal must apply the Quebec Charter of human rights and freedoms when determining whether a return to work is possible under Quebec’s workers’ compensation scheme. The case,  Quebec (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la

The Board’s draft mental stress policy continues to discriminate against and stigmatize some of the most vulnerable injured workers in Ontario: those who suffer mental injury because of exposures and risks at work.  The Supreme Court of Canada, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, have rejected the wrongheaded notion that mental injuries are

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Location: 55 University Avenue, Toronto, 14th Floor, Room H1 RSVP: By Monday, June 26th , 2017 to or 416-924-6477. Summary: The WSIB claims that drastic reductions in benefits costs are the result of improved “return to work and recovery” programs. The 2016 decisions of the

Bad Medicine Report and Bad Medicine Executive Summary Date: Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon Location: 55 University Avenue, Toronto, 14th Floor, Room H1 Event Summary: We will be speaking with “Bad Medicine” co-author Antony Singleton about his research on the WSIB’s in trends in health care provision. The report analyzes the WSIB’s own health care data in

On Monday, May 15, 2017, a broad-based Coalition of stakeholder groups provided submissions to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs about Bill 127. A number of other important stakeholders including the Ontario Federation of Labour also appeared and made submissions on the extremely troubling aspects of this legislation. The Coalition members were: Antony

Important legislative changes proposed

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          On April 27, 2017, Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 127 proposed a number of important changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 and pre-1997 Workers’ Compensation Act. The notable changes are: Modification of the statutory bar

“A pre-existing condition alone, being an underlying or asymptomatic condition made manifest, in my view, is not sufficient to permit reduction of the NEL benefit.” -Decision No. 3173 16 In Decision 3173 16, the Tribunal issued one of its first decisions about the Board’s new policies on pre-existing conditions. The decision is a limited (but

So, I see a twitter link to a new court case where an insurance defence expert is criticized for failing to understand his role as an objective expert. The court says that the doctor mischaracterized his current practice and experience in order to downplay the amount of insurance defence work he had done and play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, ON–(January 24, 2017) – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) made their drug formularies public yesterday after fighting injured workers and advocates for years to keep them secret. IAVGO Community Legal Clinic asked the WSIB to make their formularies public in 2013 so that injured workers and their doctors would