WSIB Occupational Disease: Moving forward 

The WSIB is here to help and wants everyone to receive the compensation they are entitled to.

When we look at occupational disease claims, we must rely on the best scientific evidence available, in addition to information about the person’s illness, workplace exposures and other relevant factors. As the scientific research related to occupational disease evolves, we continue to look for new information that may help with our evidence-based decision-making.

Our Occupational Disease Strategy will help us achieve a more responsive and sustainable approach to occupational disease policy and decision-making. It draws on recommendations from the Demers report - Using scientific evidence and principles to help determine the work-relatedness of cancer - released in July 2020, the KPMG, "Value for Money Audit Report: Occupational Disease and Survivor Benefit Program", released in 2019.

The Occupational Disease Strategy includes short-term, medium-term, and long-term activities.

In the short term, foundational activities focus on three main areas:

  • Developing an overarching Occupational Disease Policy Framework to guide future policy development and scheduling

Strategy work to complete these short-term activities is ongoing with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and other system partners. Updates will be provided as we progress through its development and implementation

In addition to our progress on the short-term activities, we have worked with the MLTSD to make a regulatory change under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to add a new presumption for Parkinson’s disease in McIntyre Powder-exposed miners. This means that if anyone was exposed to McIntyre Powder through work in the mining industry and develops Parkinson’s disease, the disease is presumed to be work-related, unless the contrary is shown.

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