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The Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta would like to thank the Alberta Federation of Labour for their sponsorship of this website.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is doing a survey of people who are experiencing poverty, or have experienced poverty in the past, and also family members, friends or service providers who know someone who has experienced poverty.
This is part of a research project on poverty, affordable, adequate and accessible housing and mental health and addiction disabilities. The Human Rights Commission is looking at how the Human Rights Code applies in the area of poverty in order to help to address human rights issues disproportionately experienced by groups protected under the Code.
Injured workers are protected under the Human Rights Code, they are specifically included in the definition of disability. Many injured workers live in poverty on little or no compensation for lost earnings because of discrimination known as stigma. There is a widely held misconception that people on workers compensation are likely to cheat the system. Many injured workers are denied compensation by the WSIB because they are deemed to have earnings from a full time job when their realty is that they are not able to return to gainful employment. .
Even injured workers who receive compensation for their lost earnings are plunged into poverty at age 65 when their benefits end. Although Ontario ended mandatory retirement in 2008, age discrimination is still protected in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
We encourage injured workers to take part in the survey. For more information see https://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-engagement-survey-connect-poverty-and-human-rights or go to the survey https://ohrc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gU05GH9CPCLuSy?Q_Language=EN&jfefe=new
Reporting fraud and abuse of the system
If you suspect anyone involved in a WSIB case (person, business, representatives, supplier or health care practitioner) is not dealing honestly with us, you can use our toll-free action line at 1-888-SI-LEADS (1-888-745-3237), Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us confidentially through our website.
WHERE SHOULD ALBERTA WORKERS REPORT SUSPECT FRAUD?
WHO IS ADVOCATING FOR ALBERTA WORKERS? WHEN WILL THEY COME FIRST?
British Columbia has decided to put their Workers First.
Ask what you should do when the WCB or more importantly the Appeals Commission for WCB Alberta does not comply with the law or behaves in the manner explained below. Contact your MLA and Member of Parliament.
“Rather, injustice occurred when those who are charged with ensuring the tenets of the Workers Compensation Act are upheld, people such as decision-making Board Officers, Review Officers, and Vice Chairs of WCAT do not uphold the law, and at times actively subvert it through unlawful activities, such as falsification and suppression of evidence, collusion with experts, and extremely biased decision making—that bears no resemblance to the statutory standards for such decision-making which are reiterated in the WCB’s binding (on its decision-makers) policy. Since all of these reports have been tabled, and much legislation has been publicized, as helping solve these problems, the main problem concerning the systemic injustice that occurs when Board officers break the law remains the real stumbling block. Every profession in the province of British Columbia, as well as the police, and even the judiciary (including federally appointed judiciary) are accountable for bad behaviour. There are formal complaint mechanisms that ensure unlawful behaviour is not tolerated. Corrupt decision-making— even when laid bare at WorkSafeBC—is beyond the reach of anybody—including the President of WorkSafeBC and the Board of Directors. These people always claim they are not enabled to address misfeasance or other impropriety when it also impacts a statutory decision. Given WorkSafeBC’s very function is to decide compensation matters, this exclusion works every time. The WCB is truly enabled to commit crimes and get away with it. Nobody has the jurisdiction to act on complaints when such complaints concern what, anywhere else, would amount to criminal acts—such as fraud or misfeasance in public office. WorkSafeBC can make all sorts of changes to its offerings. Such changes, without corresponding checks and balances to ensure such changes actually take hold and operate, are worthless. Where Board Officers are enabled to ignore the law and Board policy without consequence, the system will continue to be plagued by corrupt decision-making, that does nothing to restore public confidence in the system. Corrupt decision making will be a function of the power the Board can exert on its unionized case managers, who are often directed to engage in such unlawful acts by their managers—with no real choice. The choice is: “do it or leave.” Mr. Bains congratulates the Board on the steps it has taken to maintain stability.”