Important Research Reports

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BAD Medicine

The report was authored by Anthony Singleton and IAVGO Community Legal Clinic
This report examines the effect that the WSIB’s “transformation” has had on a single

but critical category of benefits: health care benefits.

The WSIB has a legal duty to pay for injured workers’ health care. The Legislature

imposed this duty with good reason: for people who are injured at work or develop an

occupational illness, health care benefits are vitally important, both to their recovery

and, if the injury leaves them with a permanent disability, their ongoing quality of life.

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No Evidence

In a report prepared by Maryth Yachim of IAVGO, the report reveals a shocking discovery about how the WSIB renders decisions with injured workers. "In hundreds of appeals, Tribunal decision makers comment that the decisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board are “unreasonable” and “arbitrary,” ignore the “unanimous opinions” of doctors, are based on “not a single word of medical or other reliable evidence,” and could place the worker at “medical risk.”


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Rewarding Offenders

REPORT ON HOW ONTARIO’S WORKPLACE SAFETY SYSTEM REWARDS EMPLOYERS DESPITE WORKPLACE DEATHS & INJURIES

In a report prepared by Joel Schwartz of IVAG for OFL Joel raises issue that Ontario’s WSIB is rebating

millions of dollars each year to companies that have been found guilty of offences that resulted in employees being killed in workplace accidents. The report goes on to sate that "...between 2011 and

2013, 135 employers who had been convicted of offences under the OHSA were granted rebates on their premiums by the WSIB."


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Role of health-care providers in the wcb system and the RTW process

Health-care providers can play an important role in the return to work (RTW) of injured workers and in disability management processes at workers’ compensation boards in Canada. As part of the workers’ compensation process, health-care providers are often asked to provide information about an injured worker’s condition and the work-relatedness of his or her injury or illness. They are responsible for informing workers’ compensation boards about the severity of a worker’s health problem and what type of treatment a worker needs. They also give recommendations about a worker’s ability to return to work.

Studies suggest health-care providers can struggle with managing RTW consultations, especially when injuries are more complex. Time pressures, administrative challenges and limited knowledge about a patient’s workplace can thwart active engagement. This executive summary provides an overview of the findings of a two-year study that focused on health-care providers’ experiences within four Canadian workers’ compensation systems and their role in return to work after injury or illness.


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Work injury and poverty: investigating prevalence across programs and over time

This report shares the findings from a study on the prevalence of poverty among permanently impaired injured workers across different time periods and receiving benefits from different legislative programs.

The study found that, at the individual earnings levels in which after-tax labour-market earnings plus workers’ compensation benefits were considered, benefits were an important part of what kept poverty levels low for injured workers. Though differences in poverty levels between injured workers and their matched controls were modest at the individual earnings level, the differences increased over time. At the census family level in which after-tax family income from all sources was considered, poverty levels of injured worker families were similar to their matched controls.


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