Grand Opening – TBDIWSG – Sat., Sept. 23rd, 11 – 4

Since the sale and destruction of the Lakehead Labour Centre, the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support  Group has been sharing a small two room space with the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance.  It’s time for a new change!

On August first, we moved to our new location in the HAGI building at 1201 Jasper Drive, on the corner with Balmoral Drive.  Our new office is larger with three separate spaces, allowing Injured Workers to share their stories and knowledge in a more inviting and private atmosphere.

“It has been hard to maintain an appropriate office with the small space we had after leaving the Labour Centre,” Bob Larocque said, adding “We hope that the new space will have the same feel as our old office at the Labour Centre, a space where Injured Workers feel at home and openly share their stories and knowledge or just have a coffee and talk.”  Bob, a TBDIWSG Board Member, played a fundamental role with fellow board member, Janet Paterson, in securing a lease for the new space.

Along with being a member of the TBDIWSG Board, Janet is also the office manager of the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA), who will be sharing the space.  Janet stated, “When we lost our space at the (Lakehead) Labour Centre, CIWA was quick to offer to share space.  The two organizations have been working together long before they began sharing space.”

The TBDIWSG and CIWA will be hosting their Grand Opening on Saturday, September 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be a BBQ and activities for the young and old as well as a chance to win some prizes. 

We will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with short congratulatory speeches from friends and dignitaries at 11:30 a.m.  The President of the Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups (ONIWG), Willie Noiles, and CIWA’s National Co-ordinator, Bill Chedore, are making the trip from Southern Ontario to take part in the day.  This event is open to everyone and free of charge!  Come out and enjoy yourself, we hope to see many there!

TBIWSG President, Greg Snider, expressed his hope that Injured Workers, their family members and supporters will find this new office a place that understands and wants to help.

The office hours:  Tuesday and Thursday  10 am – 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE – Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group AGM on Monday, September 25, 2017 has been moved to Italian Hall on Algoma Street in the Trades Room at 7 p.m.

“Being creative is also therapeutic


So says Eugene LeFrançois, well-known visual artist and injured worker activist, in a recent profile of his work – “The Art of Eugene LeFrançois” / Duncan Weller (Art on the Edge, Aug. 3, 2017). In the article he speaks also of the inspiration behind his free-flowing streams of consciousness art pieces: … “I feel that a tree is a living being. The only thing is we as humans can’t communicate with it. Just like fire and plants. They all have a story and I try to get that story to people who see my work, in a small way …”

Eugene has also shared his own story and experiences with Ontario’s workers’ compensation system following his injury as a forest worker. A long-standing member of the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers’ Support Group, and former president of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG), he has been advocating over 3 decades for needed changes  – through formal submissions to government and Workplace Safety Insurance Board, participation in research projects and conferences, and in street demonstrations drawing attention to compensation injustice and poverty.

Some of the Accomplishments of the Injured Worker Movement in Ontario

By Steve Mantis

From 1983 to 2015

It seems that when we speak out and stand up for our rights, we win some concessions.  We have been doing just that for the last 30+ years and here is a bit of a summary of our history.

The Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group was founded in 1984 in response to pending Workers Compensation Act legislation that was designed to take away our pensions.  To understand where we are at today it seems fitting to review our history and some of the struggles we have fought over the years.  This report will tell that story and conclude with our present campaigns and future challenges for the group.

Our Story

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The Grand Bargain in Workers Compensation Is Dead As Opt Out Grows Says Insurance Industry Journal
Why Workers’ Compensation Is Especially Needed Now: Report from WCRI Conference
By Andrew G. Simpson | March 6, 2017

After decades of managing costs for employers, it’s time for workers’ compensation professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers’ compensation experts were told last week. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Recognizes Injured Workers Day, June 1

Check out the Thunder Bay and District Injured Worker Support Group News Release

May 30, 2017

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers’ Support Group (TB&DIWSG) will be raising a flag and hosting a media conference at Thunder Bay City Hall to celebrate Injured Workers Day on Wednesday,  June 1st at 10 AM.  This is also part of National AccessAbility Week. Continue reading