IWC’s community legal worker Francis Pineda responds in a recent Canadian Occupational Safety article to the WSIB’s assertion that lowering the deadline to appeal WSIB decisions from six months to 30 days will streamline the process without harming workers’ due process and access to justice. He rejects as outrageous the KPMG audit report recommendations which would suggest that injured workers and survivors are able to find legal advice and file an appeal within 30 days (and their worker representatives prepare submissions and gather the necessary medical reports), noting that this would create the shortest time limit in any Canadian jurisdiction… Read the full article.
In April the Thunder Bay District & Support Workers and IWC, following community consultation, issued a complaint to the Ombudsman. Information sessions continue to be held around the province on the negative impacts these changes, if implemented as recommended, could have for injured workers.
Yesterday, in a media conference, held on the eve of the annual Injured Workers Day, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) and injured and ill injured worker allies called on the provincial government to stop the recommendations from the KPMG report.