These publications are based on research (oral histories and archival records) collected by the Injured Workers’ History Project (IWHP), a collaboration of injured worker leaders and activists, legal aid clinic advocates and academic researchers.
Documents are in PDF format but may be available in alternate formats on request .
At a time when the funding of Ontario’s workers’ compensation is again under review, a look back at the Meredith Commission. In making difficult decisions on complex issues of who was to pay, how it was to be financed, how long benefits would last and whether the system would be public or private, Meredith’s vision was both economic and humanitarian, focusing on the public interest.
Recent developments mark a renewed assault on injured workers. Bulletin looks at historical political pressures and mobilization.
In times of economic hardship, the historic tradeoff that Meredith negotiated is often conveniently forgotten. It is a compromise that underscores the fact that employers do not pay for the compensation system by themselves. Workers paid and continue to pay – by giving up their right to sue.
As head of the Royal Commission (1910-1913) charged with recommending a workers’ compensation system for Ontario, Sir William Meredith aimed to ensure a fair system – one that would prevent injured workers from falling into poverty, that did not unduly burden employers, and that would not “shock the conscience” of the public
A magical glimpse of how a fair, just and effective workers’ compensation system could be…
Origins of Ontario’s experience rating system, a financial incentive for employers to improve occupational health & safety but that in practice can lead to claims suppression.
Workers’ compensation legislative changes in Bill 187 not only fail to eliminate deeming as promised but entrench it further. Bulletin looks at government policies on wage loss/dual award systems and deeming.
A phantom job with phantom wages – the introduction of deeming in Bill 162 (1988) as a cost control measure betrays the Meredith principles at the basis of Ontario’s workers compensation system.
Cost of living protection as a right : early in the 21st century injured workers are being condemned to poverty and shame by employers and governments who claim that fully indexed benefits are far too costly.
Injured workers’ “Christmas Day of protest”, held annually since 1991, marks the ongoing struggle for justice. The Bulletin presents a Dickensian tale of their past, present and future.