The injured worker community is strong and united.
Community for injured workers means making common cause with others to fight for fairness in Ontario’s workers’ compensation system and address related concerns including poverty and employment discrimination. The wider community embraces family and colleagues, labour unions, community legal clinics and worker representatives, disability groups, occupational health and safety groups, doctors and other health care workers, progressive politicians, researchers and social justice activists. The Internet and new technologies help injured workers make connections across geographic and cultural barriers, for easier networking and collaboration.
Community also means supporting fellow injured workers, sharing experiences and knowledge, helping each other to:
- cope with the effects of injury or illnesses. As well as the physical pain, injured workers often face anxiety or depression, social isolation, marginalization, and stigma
- handle the frequently frustrating and stressful interactions with the Board, service providers or back in the workplace