Welcome to the website of the Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta.

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News from Alberta will be updated on this main page. We also now have news pages for B.C. and Ontario that are updated regularly.


Please share with Alberta’s Ombudsperson

Ombudsperson: Permit WorkSafeBC to voluntarily make payments for its own errors

THE Ombudsperson is calling on the province to fix a rarely occurring but significant gap in B.C.’s #workerscompensation law https://voiceonline.com/ombudsperson-permit-worksafebc…/ “Severed Trust: Enabling #WorkSafeBC to do the right thing when its mistakes hurt #injuredworkers arose” from a case where errors made by WorkSafeBC terminating the benefits of an already #injuredworker directly led to a second, more serious injury resulting in a partial amputation of a worker’s hand. After the second accident, WorkSafeBC’s Review Division ruled that it was wrong to have terminated the injured worker’s benefits following the first accident.


TB Tuesday Injured Workers Sessions

We welcome Patty Coates, President of the OFL, who will speak on building strength and cohesion in the labour movement.   

Thunder Bay Injured Workers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TB Tuesday Injured Worker Session

        Every week on Tue, until Oct 26, 2021

        Oct 19, 2021 10:00 AM

        Oct 26, 2021 10:00 AM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZAqf-6uqT4vGtzyRl5m7XTDdMZ5zvpoAVb8/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGsqTMtHNOQtRmPRpwIB4qgKO7wtiVYjbdHhS3pVi0EWjfSMs94Z6hpANfx

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 847 8767 5508

Passcode: 176213

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New at Our Blog: All parties should commit to lifting people with disabilities out of poverty

Injured worker wins entitlement 72 years after horrific burns at work


Power to Abuse

This Indigenous ex-cop is owed 15 years in lost wages. Instead he’s living without running water.

WSIB ruled in Ralph Thistle’s favour last September but he still hasn’t been paid.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/this-indigenous-ex-cop-is-owed-15-years-in-lost-wages-instead-he-s-living-without-running-water-1.6079027?ref=mobilerss&cmp=newsletter_CBC%20Toronto_1642_286198


Ombudsman takes injured workers complaints seriously

From Australia: WorkSafe2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims


Day of Mourning 2021

Tragically, the human cost of COVID-19 goes undocumented but it’s full cost is known all too well by essential workers and their families. Produced by the Edmonton and District Labour Council.


Injured Workers Speak Out


Must-Read: ‘We didn’t have Gavin anymore’: The aftermath of a workplace injury


Alberta Workers Need a Win Like Ontario

Another win for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups at the Superior Court of Ontario.  Thanks to ARCH for their great work on this case!

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/practice-areas/corporate-commercial/privacy-rights-of-workers-with-disabilities-at-issue-in-commercial-dispute-over-alleged-negligence/355115


MUST READ:

Insult to Injury: Critics say Alberta’s workers compensation system has become more about protecting employers than injured employees

New Alberta Law Makes Sweeping Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act, Amends Workers’ Compensation Act

Demands 

  • No more deeming (and/or)
    • no more phantom jobs
    • stop pretending injured workers can get safe and appropriate jobs during a pandemic. 
  • A “presumptive clause” so that workers in at-risk sectors automatically get coverage when they get COVID-19
  • Universal coverage – so that all workers in Alberta  have access to workers comp when they are sick or injured
  • Listen to our doctors! Listen to science!
  • Safer conditions and better treatment for migrant workers.
  • Better healthcare for injured workers. 
  • Someone at WCB to return my calls when I have questions or concerns about my claim. 

Response to the WCB Review: To read the Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta Response to the Final Report of the Alberta Workers Compensation Board Review Panel, click here