Workers’ Compensation in Ontario: A Guide to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Third Edition

Authored by Douglas G. Gilbert and Les A. Liversidge

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 brought massive changes to the way workers’ compensation claims are handled in Ontario. Quickly understand the changes and their impact with this practical guide that tells you exactly what you need to know regarding statutory obligations, policies and case law. Important developments in the legislation include:

  • Workers’ and employers’ obligation to co-operate with one another and the board, or face the penalties
  • Employers’ responsibility for accident prevention and injured employees prompt return to work
  • The Workers’ Compensation Board’s shift to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Time limitations for appealing Board decisions
  • The elimination of chronic stress from coverage

Available at the University of Toronto Libraries here.
(456 pages) – 2001 – Perfectbound
ISBN 0-88804-339-2

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

The WSIB or Workplace Safety & Insurance Board administers workers' compensation matters in Ontario. The above link will take you to the site for further information if required. Below are links to a few of the Board’s webpages:

  • Check the WSIB safety record of businesses across Ontario here
  • Click here for direct access to the WSIB’s operation policy manual which outlines policies on a wide variety of subjects from coverage to employer and worker obligations.
  • Click here to register your business with the WSIB.
  • Report an injury or illness with the WSIB here.

Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT)

The WSIAT or Appeals Tribunal is the final level of appeal ono all workplace safety and insurance issues in Ontario.

  • Check the WSIAT’s “Highlights of Noteworthy Decisions” page here

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The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) was founded in 1919 as a non-profit organization to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions across Canada. Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada


The Canadian Legal Information Institute, known as CanLII website provides access to court judgments from all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, federal courts, and the courts in all Canada’s provinces and territories. also contains decisions from many tribunals nationally. To search WSIB and WSIAT decision, click here, then select “Ontario” and either WSIB or WSIAT.

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