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

About the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta’s 2024 Annual General Meeting

Today’s (June 6, 2024) WCB AGM virtual meeting was a disappointing showcase of lip service to injured workers. Despite many of us preparing thoughtful questions, we were  denied the opportunity to ask them. Instead, only three pre-selected questions, mainly  from employers, were answered. The event was essentially a scripted speech by the CEO, with no genuine engagement or accountability.

When we called the provided phone number to seek answers, we  were redirected to the contact centre and only had the option to  speak with our case manager  – a clear evasion of responsibility. This charade of transparency and accountability is an insult to injured workers, who deserve real support and answers when they are denied compensation from their case manager and forced to seek assistance from  publicly supported programs . 

We continue to seek genuine engagement, transparent decision-making, and meaningful support from the WCB. It’s time for real change, not just empty promises.


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

The Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta would like to thank the Alberta Federation of Labour for their sponsorship of this website.


Lawyers/Legal Help Wanted

Injured workers in Alberta face a daunting challenge in finding legal representation to navigate the complex workers’ compensation system. With legal aid and lawyer referral services unavailable for these cases, many are left to navigate the system alone. We urgently need lawyers specializing in workers’ compensation law to step forward and offer their expertise.

The struggles injured workers face include:

– Delayed or denied claims, leading to financial hardship and mental health struggles

– Navigating a complex system without proper support

– Lack of accountability and transparency within the WCB and AC

– Personal stories of struggle and resilience

If you are a lawyer willing to take on these cases or an injured worker who has found legal support, please share your story with us. Together, we can:

– Advocate for change and ensure injured workers receive the legal support they deserve

– Encourage legal professionals to specialize in workers’ compensation law

– Establish a legal clinic or resource dedicated to supporting injured workers in Alberta

Let’s unite to create a safer, more supportive system for injured workers. Share your experiences, recommendations, and ideas with us. Together, we can make a difference!”

Contact us here.


Will any politicians work with the people of Alberta to govern the WCB into hiring  qualified staff  to comply with the laws enacted by the government in decision making? For too long  the decision makers WCB hires refuse to follow the law and are creating their own  medical opinions and law to deny compensation to injured workers crippling them and forcing them into poverty on Alberta streets abusing their power the WCB handed to them  without consideration of any  consequences from anyone that could help in Alberta. 

More events from the Ontario Federation of Labour

Our Heat is On Campaign has officially begun!

Here is the link to the media release: https://ofl.ca/ofl-and-ndp-launch-campaign-to-combat-heat-stress-in-ontario-workplaces/

Here is the website with all the materials: https://ofl.ca/the-heat-is-on/.

Also, June 1 is Injured Workers Day! Will you be participating? *Even if you can’t come in person, but you are an injured worker who supports us, RSVP here and we will save a chair with your name on it at the Queens Park Event*

We’ve had over 1,100 people sign our Injured Worker Bill of Rights!! Sign your name to our petition here.

Here are some other events and items that may interest you:

  • June 10, 2024 at 12PM: CRE-MSD is running a webinar: Assessing the Effect of a Hip Flexor Stretching Program on MSD Prevention for Performing Overhead Tasks. Register here
  • June 13, 2024 at 6PM: Online training introducing all aspects of the OFL’s Heat Stress campaign. Please RSVP here.
  • June 21, 2024 at 8PM: Musical event to celebrate Ron Ellis who brought the rule of law to workers’ compensation in Ontario and thousands of injured workers have benefitted from that. The event will feature Ron’s son, Tyler Ellis. To purchase tickets, click here.
  • October 1, 2023: CRE-MSD Annual Conference: Past, Present, and the future of MSD Prevention. For further details coming soon click here.
  • Share your experiences with heat stress here.

Thunder Bay Injured Workers’ Tuesday morning sessions


        Jun 11, 2024 10:00 AM
        Jun 18, 2024 10:00 AM
        Jun 25, 2024 10:00 AM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMvc-urqj8jGdx8oLoHDzafdC6pa3403u5T/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvrD8oGdCRuRqPRpwEAI-ga-nwiClEjadFxBDJDAh3eALwMsEUIrMsRIiD

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87242344938?pwd=WWlMK2UvYXB3ek5LUS9tUmk3cWs0Zz09

Meeting ID: 872 4234 4938
Passcode: 162521


Injured Workers Protest: May 22, 2024

An organizer explains the problems with the Workers’ Compensation Board and why injured workers are protesting.
An injured worker who helped organize this protest speaks about the experiences of injured workers with the Workers’ Compensation Board and a recent meeting with Matt Jones, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade.
Sharif Haji, MLA for Edmonton-Decore speaks at a protest organized by injured workers on May 22, 2024.

Recent media coverage supporting injured workers in other provinces. Alberta needs more media coverage on this topic.

Legislative amendments aim to improve benefits for injured workers

Ontario to change how it compensates injured migrant agricultural workers


Read the KMPG Value for Money Audit


To see activity and justice in another province look under News – Ontario. We apologize for no updates in Alberta regarding the WCB and Appeals Commission. There appears to be not much interest in workers dealing with injuries, homelessness, and death – it’s been frustrating to garner support. 

Injured Workers’ Stories


Below are links to John & Rose’s story – one of many on twitter, youtube and tiktok.

Injured workers and their families often feel ignored by the WSIB. Shortening time limits to object, from six months to one, doesn’t make it easier for them to be heard. Visit: https://wsib.ca/sites/default/files/2023-02/wsib_dispute_resolution_and_appeals_vfma_finalreport_november30.pdf… to see the other recommendations provided to the WSIB. #EnoughlsEnough

https://www.tiktok.com/@injuredworkersorganize/video/7296152364359208197?_r=1&_t=8gySaklYgHV

Is there anyone wanting and willing to help workers in Alberta get their tragic stories out? if you know of any media coverage or someone in media with this interest, please contact us.

From Ontario:

We launched the Injured Workers’ Stories Video Campaign on September 4th!

New Injured Worker features every week with daily short clips.

 Getting good results so far ! :) 

Please share campaign and videos

https://youtube.com/@InjuredWorkersVideoCampaign?si=jg0BNJBKGfwXuJ4c

https://x.com/PhoenixRizin09?t=linZdmC73pJtoAsnHU71pA&s=09

We are actively looking for Injured Workers’ to share their stories please contact Media Committee here : [email protected]

Please share far and wide!!! 

Here is the post for the poster launch: 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0oKZimZKDsLyVbEPPpA1LMc3Sm5hu5MmqsQnJ69Z7UNrHrbeE9TeiR2f2jvX4E7dPl&id=100079746976599&mibextid=Nif5oz


Who is Investigating Alberta’s Screw-Up?

ONIWG’s response to the Star’s article, “‘We screwed up:’ WSIB to pay out $42M after coding error shortchanged 100,000 injured workers — for 20 years”.  This article highlights the WSIB’s “screw-up” but there are many more to bring to light.

September 13, 2023

Monte McNaughton Minister of Labour 400 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario

Delivered by E-mail
Dear Minister McNaughton,
Re: Injured Worker Cost of Living Adjustments

We read the Toronto Star article “‘We screwed up:’ WSIB to pay out $42M after coding error shortchanged 100,000 injured workers — for 20 years”. As you know because of a 2019 WSIAT decision, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board determined that there was a coding error with respect to the calculation of cost-of-living increase. They corrected the error and as a result injured workers will get approximately $42 million dollars. This is a wonderful outcome, and we applaud the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s decision to admit to their error and rectify it.

We are writing you with respect to another situation where the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board is making a significant error with respect to the calculation of the annual cost of living increase.

In 2006 the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board changed its method of calculating the annual cost of living increases. Prior to this change the WSIB would use the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index from October of the previous year to October of the current year. After this change the WSIB decided to calculate the average Consumer Price index for the entire year and based the cost-of-living increase in the change in the average Consumer Price index from the current year to the past year.

There was no change in the legislation regarding indexing in 2006 that enabled such a change.

The indexing provisions of the Act are contained in section 49 of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act which states:

49 (1) Subject to subsection (2), on January 1 of every year, an indexing factor shall be calculated that is equal to the amount of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Canada for all items, for the 12-month period ending on October 31 of the previous year, as published by Statistics Canada. 2015, c. 38, Sched. 23, s. 2.

(2) The indexing factor calculated under subsection (1) shall not be less than 0 per cent. 2015, c. 38, Sched. 23, s. 2.

The plain language of the Act clearly indicates that the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s change in its method of calculating the cost-of-living increase was contrary to the Act.

From a practical point of view from 2006 until 2021 the difference in methods did not have a large impact on injured workers benefits. During that time, the difference in benefits was .61% in favour of injured workers; that works out to $7.82 for every thousand dollar of benefits that an injured worker receives.

2021 and 2022 was characterized by rapidly increasing inflation. Between January 2021 to June of 2022 the inflation rate increased from 1.0% to 8.1%; since then, the inflation rate has dropped to 3.3% in July 2023.

This rapid increase in inflation has had a significant impact on the difference between the Board’s method of calculating the cost-of-living increase and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act’s method of calculating the cost-of-living increase. In 2022 the Board’s method resulted in a 2.7% increase in benefits whereas the Act’s method mandated that the benefits should have increased by 4.7%; in 2023 the Board’s method resulted in a 6.5% increase in benefits whereas the benefits should have increased by 6.9%. This has resulted in injured workers getting 2.3% less in benefits than what the Act requires; this means that for every $1000 of benefits that an injured worker received in 2021, they receive $25.49 less in benefits than what the Act mandates them to receive.

There was no lawful basis for the WSIB, in 2006, to change the method of indexing. Therefore, we ask that you intervene in this to ensure that the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board follows the law and retroactively adjusts the cost-of-living increases to conform with the requirements of the Act.

Thank you very much for your time in this matter. Once again, we are requesting a meeting to discuss the concerns of injured and ill workers across Ontario as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this, you can contact Andrew C. Bomé who is a staff lawyer at Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and can be reached at (905) 527-4572 at extension 26.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Paterson

Cc: Grant Walsh, Chair of Board of Directors, WSIB Jeffery Lang, President and CEO, WSIB
Joshua Workman, Chief of Staff, Minister of Labour


June 1 Injured Workers Day Coverage

NDP Injured Worker & WSIB Critic Lise Vaugeois makes a statement in the House on June 1st

West tables bill designating June 1 Injured Workers Day in Ontario: https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/west-tables-bill-designating-june-1-injured-workers-day-in-ontario

Read the Declaration: https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/news/injured-workers-day-2023.aspx

TV coverage of Thunder Bay Event: https://twitter.com/PhoenixRizin09/status/1664478189064794114?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email

Worry over pending WSIB changes: https://kenoraonline.com/articles/worry-over-pending-wsib-changes

From the Ontario Federation of Labour:

Wow. What an Injured Workers Day that was! Here’s some updates, and pictures!

1. We put together an email tool to tell Monte McNaughton to scrap the KPMG report. See here, and RT here.

2. Janice gave an impassioned speech at a press conference on May 31st speaking against the KPMG report, organized by ONIWG and ONDP MPP Lise Vaugeois. See here for tweet, and stay tuned for the video clip to be released next week!

3. Here’s some pictures from Injured Workers Day – feel free to grab and share!: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-IkM6i_Zb-Xejzff4ks-3eI0hJSIhNUA?usp=sharing


40 stories and Referendum on stopping private hospitals

The 40 stories initiative is now up to nine audio & video stories.  Below are a couple of links to view them and find out more.  Please share widely.  

Sign up to help out on June 1st, Injured Workers’ Day.   Your story could be next.  Get in touch if you want more info. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGTbIqlOl6iZNfEFeeWQkG3ts1qQrPAFD
https://injuredworkersorganize.ca/stories

The Ontario Health Coalition is holding a referendum/vote to try to stop Doug Ford and his Conservative government from opening up private for-profit clinics and hospitals to perform surgeries and diagnostics now done in our public hospitals.  We cannot allow this attack on our public medicare system to succeed and we need everyone to VOTE NO in this referendum.  You can do that by going to the  website- publichospitalvote.ca.


Here are a couple of stories over the last week that might be of interest.  You may want to reach out to these reporters and share your story as well. Also, links to the 40 stories websites.
https://injuredworkersorganize.ca

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGTbIqlOl6iZNfEFeeWQkG3ts1qQrPAFD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axU4KXbihxQ

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/being-crushed-to-death-was-the-most-common-workplace-fatality-in-the-region-1.6831110?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

https://www.thoroldtoday.ca/local-news/jeleel-stewart-injured-on-the-job-and-living-in-poverty-6947618


Nicknamed Mr. Safety, my dad was my hero. Tragically, he was killed in a workplace accident

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/first-person-workplace-accidents-my-dad-was-killed-in-one-1.6788937?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Short clips from the 40 stories project.


Stories from Injured Workers

You can view Janice Martell’s video – a short video of her dad’s story – dedicated to Day of Mourning, here: https://injuredworkersorganize.ca/stories


True toll of work-related death far exceeds WSIB allowed claims – April 24, 2023 

Source: https://www.whsc.on.ca/What-s-new/News-Archive/True-toll-of-work-related-death-far-exceeds-WSIB-allowed-claims

Thousands of Ontarians die each year as a result of hazardous exposures at work. Though data published by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) would have us believe just 220 workers were killed in 2022. Many believe until the true toll of suffering is recognized and widely communicated, we will struggle to secure the workplace and regulatory actions critical to our shared goal of safer, healthier work.

Well in excess of 2,000 Ontarians died last year as a result of traumatic incidents and hazardous exposures at work, according to estimates supported by research evidence.

And even this alarming toll is a conservative estimate according to this same research evidence.

Still, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recognized just 220 worker death claims in 2022. Equally troubling, these WSIB death claims are often the default statistic shared when discussing the number of workers killed each year as a result hazardous work.

“This routine of under recognition in many ways is an affront to the suffering of workers, their families and communities,” explains Andrew Mudge, executive director, Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC). “Failure to shed light on the true toll of suffering serves only to downplay the collective need to more aggressively pursue safer, healthier work through enhanced regulations, stronger regulatory enforcement and ultimately workplace prevention efforts.”

Under recognition of occupational disease deaths

While most, if not all, traumatic deaths at work get reported to the WSIB, very few deaths caused by occupational disease are reported to or recognized by the WSIB. This is particularly the case for cancer, lung diseases and other chronic illnesses with long latency periods between workplace exposure(s) and disease onset. Consider, for instance, estimates suggesting between 600 and 5,000 Ontarians died in 2022 from work-related cancer alone.

Under recognition of occupational injuries and illnesses

The experiences of workers and research evidence also suggest significant under reporting and recognition of injuries and illnesses including mental injuries, violence, along with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections caused by workplace transmission. Ontario-based and globally recognized, Institute for Work and Health (IWH) has been studying this issue for decades and believe somewhere between 40 and 60 per cent of potentially compensable conditions are typically not reported to the WSIB and other provincial compensation authorities.

Truth be told this Day of Mourning

“We recognize it is not the mandate of the WSIB to capture the true toll of suffering,” explains Mudge. “We also recognize though a more accurate picture of worker deaths, injuries and illnesses must be prioritized and widely communicated.

Sharing this true toll of suffering is critical to inform the public, government regulators, employers and others of the full impact of unsafe and unhealthy work and lend some urgency to the pursuit of prevention.

“This will be one of our priorities on April 28 as we take a moment to reflect on all lives lost and the many who suffer injury and illness as a result of hazardous workplace exposures,” says Mudge. “Though equally important the Day of Mourning affords us all the opportunity to re-evaluate and recommit to the many priorities we must act on to help workers not only survive, but to thrive.”

April 28 is Canada’s National Day of Mourning to remember workers who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness as a result of their work.

To learn more.
WHSC fact sheet A More Accurate Picture of Workers Disability, Disease and Death
WHSC Day of Mourning 2023 resources, including a province-wide event listing
Call: WHSC training services representative in your region.
Email: [email protected]
Visit: www.whsc.on.ca
Connect with and follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.


Interview with NDP Critic for WSIB & Injured Workers


The Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic’s recommendations on the WSIB’s communicable illnesses draft policy

IWC’s detailed submission and recommendations (available in PDF and DOC formats).

Submission of the OLCWCN (Ontario Legal Clinics’ Workers’ Compensation Network).


Injured Workers Day in Ontario on June 1

Hi everyone, 

I hope you all have June 1st marked in your calendar for Injured Workers Day! It will be the 40th anniversary of the crucial fight. 

The planning committee is hoping to feature 40 stories from injured workers. As we all know, sharing experiences is what makes us connect on issues. 

If you know of any members or non-unionized workers who could share their story, please contact Francis Pineda from IWC at [email protected]

Stay tuned for more details for June 1st!

All the best, 

Natasha Luckhardt

Director of Health, Safety and Environment

Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)