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Have you been involved with the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB; Workers’ Compensation)?

Your experiences could help us improve services for Thunder Bay and District injured and ill workers involved in the WISB claims process.

Participants will receive compensation for their time.

To enroll or for more information, please contact:

Email: wcstudy.psych@lakeheadu.ca  Phone: (807) 343-8563

CBC N.L. · Posted: Nov 22, 2020:

“A bureaucratic system forgot I was the human being on the other side. I want change”


Re: Rental Arrears due to COVID19

If you are aware of any tenant that is in arrears due to the negative effects of COVID-19, the TBDSSAB has secured funding to assist people in paying rental arrears.  The TBDSSAB is asking you to partner with us in order to reach as many people as possible. 

We are asking you to assist your clients (OW, ODSP and Non Social Assistance Recipients) in filling out the attached application form and submit with required verification (listed in the form), along with a letter of support with your recommendations on why the financial need exists.

This fund is subject to income limits and the accommodations must be deemed sustainable by TBDSSAB staff. Note that this fund is not subject to appeal and all decisions are final.   

Application packages can be sent to Samantha Vance (via fax at 345-7921 or by email Samantha.Vance@tbbdssab.ca)

They can also be dropped off or mailed to the TBDSSAB Office at 231 S. May Street Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B5 or at any TBDSSAB Satellite Office or any of the TBDSSAB Satellite Offices.   


Subject: Canadian Pain Task Force releases its second report / Le Groupe de travail canadien sur la doulear publie son deuxième rapport

The Canadian Pain Task Force is pleased to announce the release of its second report – Working Together to Better Understand, Prevent, and Manage Chronic Pain: What We Heard”.

[Version en francais]

Over the last year, we conducted an extensive series of in-person, written, and online consultations about the gaps and challenges, best and promising practices, and elements of an improved approach to preventing and managing chronic pain. Our deepest appreciation and gratitude go to all who shared their thoughts and ideas during our consultations.

The report reflects the evidence, ideas, experiences, and practices that we heard from the nearly two-thousand people who participated across Canada. The Task Force hopes that by coming together, we can forge a path forward to better prevent and manage chronic pain in Canada.

Throughout the next and final phase of our mandate, we will continue to increase awareness of chronic pain and to build relationships and networks for change across the country. This work includes collaborating with key stakeholders, such as people who live with pain, decision-makers in federal, provincial and territorial governments, health professionals, researchers, Veterans, and Indigenous Peoples, to disseminate information related to best practices for the prevention and management of chronic pain and to move ideas into action.

We look forward to continued collaboration. 


Maria Hudspith and Fiona Campbell, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the Canadian Pain Task Force


November 25, 2020

Register in advance for this meeting:

You are invited to the DWC2020 Virtual Conference that will be held over four days, November 25 & 26 and December 1 & 2, from 12:30-3:30 EDT. The theme for this year’s conference is the “Strategy in Action—Pathways and Impacts”, with subthemes for each day as follows:

·       Wednesday November 25, 2020 – The Big Picture–Challenges and Opportunities
·       Thursday November 26, 2020 – Progress in the Workplace
·       Tuesday December 1, 2020 – Strengthening Supports for Workers
·       Wednesday December 2, 2020 – Moving Forward Together

As we all know, 2020 has been a very tough year, creating new challenges for the employment of persons with disabilities.  The DWC conference is focused on how to meet those challenges and continue to make progress on implementation of the Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work. 

We will be sending the preliminary agenda, as well as information on conference accessibility, soon.

To register, click here (DWC2020 registration website  https://reg.unityeventsolutions.com/se/DWCVC2020/ATT/EN/process.aspx?ut_SGU=1FF52E0D-4BCD-4778-9669-32A3D3E6AD1D&ut_CST=BC1A08EA-6700-4D55-872A-68FA297E36B0).  The deadline for the early bird rate is November 10th.

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer ici (site d’inscription de la Conférence sur PHTC 2020 https://reg.unityeventsolutions.com/se/DWCVC2020/ATT/EN/process.aspx?ut_SGU=1FF52E0D-4BCD-4778-9669-32A3D3E6AD1D&ut_CST=BC1A08EA-6700-4D55-872A-68FA297E36B0), malheureusement en anglais seulement). Nous offrons une réduction des frais à ceux qui s’inscrivent avant le 10 novembre.

 Subsidies are available for injured workers
and people with disabilities.  

Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups‘ new speakers series

The series has been launched to celebrate the three year anniversary of ONIWG’s historic “Workers’ Comp Is A Right“. It will will focus on a different workers’ comp issue every month, and will feature presentations from injured workers, allies, advocates, and experts. 

In case you missed the October 8 event, here is a fun video that came out of this first session.

Have you signed the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups’ petition to demand that injured workers are involved in the hiring process for WSIB’s next president? We need your help. Sign and share at: change.org/WSIBPresident.

New support for our Tuesday morning legal education and support group!

The Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group (TB&DIWSG) is pleased to announce their partnership with the United Steelworkers Family and Community Education Fund (FCEF) in coordination with Northwestern Ontario Steelworkers Area Council with the sponsorship of our weekly legal education and support group sessions online until December 1st

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