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

Are you looking for videos from our events? Information about our current and past actions? Visit How to Use This Site.

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.

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



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: 


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

Tuesday Injured Workers Sessions

The Board of the Thunder Bay & Dist. Injured Workers Support Group met recently and decided to start up our regular Tuesday morning sessions starting on Tuesday September 12 at 10 am ET.  Each session will wrap up with a focus on how we can take action on the topics of discussion.

We are eager to hear any thoughts for guest speakers and topics to cover this Fall.

We have booked the first few sessions for September:

September 19 – How to file a Freedom of Information Request.  Chris Grawey will take us thru the process looking at the recently released 2022 Annual Report from the WSIB.  Attached is the report.  Take a look in advance of the session if possible.

September 26 – Lissa Beaulieu will be our guide looking at social media and how we can advance our issues using various social media platforms.

Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TBIWSG Tuesday Group Session
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Tue, until Jun 25, 2024, 42 occurrence(s)
        Sep 26, 2023 10:00 AM
        Oct 3, 2023 10:00 AM
        Oct 10, 2023 10:00 AM
        Oct 17, 2023 10:00 AM
        Oct 24, 2023 10:00 AM
        Oct 31, 2023 10:00 AM

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Injured Worker Speaker Series Free Webinar:

Making the Connection Between Work Injury and Chronic Pain

September 19, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CDT

Lynn Cooper
Director of Research and Education for the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance

This presentation will include a discussion about

  • Chronic pain and how it can impact your life.
  • Recognizing the stigma experienced by injured workers living with chronic pain.
  • Creating your pain management plan.
  • Resources, including the Power Over Pain Portal, that can help you learn about your pain and manage it more effectively to support you in living your best life.

The presentation will be followed by questions, answers, sharing and discussion.

To register, click here.

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

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.





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


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)