UN High Commissioner on Human Rights recently sounded the alarm that Canadians living with disabilities – including permanently injured workers – face disproportionate challenges during the pandemic… In the six weeks that have followed the WSIB’s bailout for employers, no measures have been adopted to assist injured workers themselves – including those who have become sick with Coronavirus.
On September 4th and 5th the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be reviewing Canada, including allegations that Canadian workers’ compensation systems are committing a human rights violation. ONIWG says the practice of “deeming” violates Canada’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The cut of 22% to IWC’s budget (retroactive to April 1st) means that the clinic will have to reduce staff and services that impact particularly disadvantaged groups, people with work-related disabilities, most of them permanent. Most of our clients struggle with mental health issues and poverty, and many additional barriers including language, race, gender and citizenship status.. We are facing a layoff of 40% of staff and even then, after 50 years of serving the injured worker community, future services are uncertain….
Injured workers and supporters draw public attention to the WSIB practice of deeming with the cutting of benefits based on phantom jobs, and fears that the terms of the government’s announced review of WSIB may open the door to privatization.
ONIWG’s Workers’ Comp Is A Right (WCIAR) campaign calls for legislative changes with 3 clear demands on injustices that send injured workers into poverty…
The WSIB remains singularly focused on cutting its own costs – by cutting benefits to the very people it was designed to protect. In response, injured workers and their labour and community supporters will take to the streets on Injured Workers’ Day 2017…
Injured workers demonstrate in 7 cities, deliver open letter to WSIB and Parliamentarians to demand better healthcare from WSIB
On June 10, 2016, injured workers and their supporters are holding a province-wide Day of Action to deliver an open letter endorsed by over 140 organizations and individuals, as well as thousands of postcards signed by supporters, calling for changes at WSIB in regard to health treatment and benefits.
Injured workers take on a 600 km bike ride to draw attention to the dismantling of the workers’ compensation system! The ride will take them from Ottawa to Toronto – finish line will be Queen’s Park on June 1st for the Injured Workers’ Day rally and march.
Despite widespread opposition, I. David Marshall has been re-appointed for 2 years and is in line to receive a bonus while injured workers’ benefits are being cut in real terms by the meagre cost of living adjustments they will receive.