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Searching by References

You can search decisions by references they have made to other documents such as other Tribunal decisions, court cases, WSIB (Board) policies and statutes.

Enter one or more characters (can be a word, number or symbol such as a period, slash and others) in the References box that you believe is a reference to other documents. Refer to the guide below to determine how other documents are referenced in Tribunal decisions.

Using the dropdown box beside the References box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):

All Words - (Note: this is the default)
Any words
Exact phrase.


Then, click on the Search button to start your search.

Tip References Search Tip #1
Reference material may not be listed for decisions of a routine nature.


A Guide to How Other Documents are Referenced in Tribunal Decisions

Tribunal Decisions Considered

In some cases, decisions refer to previous decisions made by the Tribunal. The standard notation for referencing other Tribunal decisions consists of the decision number and the way the decision was considered. To search for other Tribunal decisions referenced, enter its decision number with the slash between the root number and year mark, for example, 367/93. (This is unlike searching for a decision number in the Decision # box wherein decision numbers are entered with a space between the root number and year mark.)

For decisions published in the WSIAT Reporter (formerly WCAT Reporter), references include the decision number, year the decision was made and the WSIAT (WCAT) Reporter citation, as shown in this example:

Decision No. 1013/89 (1990), 17 W.C.A.T.R. 86 consd

For decisions released from 1991 onwards, the manner in which a particular decision is referred to is specified by the following annotations:

Cases Considered

To find out if a particular court case has been considered in a decision, search by individual words in the style of cause. For example, if you want to find out if any decision has refered to Genereux v. Peterson Howel & Heather, you can search by the word Genereux or by any of the other names (i.e., you can also search by the words Peterson or Howel or Heather).

Board Directives and Guidelines

These are the WSIB (Board) policies. They are referred to by the name of the policy manual or by the document number.

To search for an Operational Policy Manual, you can enter the word operational or policy or manual (or use all three words) in the References box. You can also search by a specific operational policy manual document number which appears as three pairs of digits, such as 06-03-01. Enter these set of digits in the References box.

Other Board policy manuals include the Vocational Rehabilitation Division Manual, Employer Assessment Policies Manual, Claims Adjudication Branch Procedures Manual, and the Health Care Benefits Policy Manual, which are searched in the same manner as the Operational Policy Manual, that is, by specifying the name of the manual and the document number. The Claims Services Division Manual is arranged by Workers' Compensation Act section number and directive number, so search by these numbers.

Other Statutes or Regulations Considered

The Workers' Compensation Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and other statutes and their regulations are referred to in some Tribunal decisions. To search for statutes (other than the Workers' Compensation Act and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act) considered, enter the name of the act and relevant section number in the References box. To search for regulations (including regulations under the WCA and WSIA) considered, enter the name and section number in the References box. To search for section of the WCA and WSIA, see searching by Section of the Act.

 

Search Options
The search option that you choose will determine how the search will be performed.


All words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with a reference entry that contains all the words which you typed in the References box. A reference entry is a bulleted item under the Other Case Reference section of a decision search result page as shown in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1:

Decision No. 1856 02 25-Mar-2003 L. Gehrke - J. Robb - R. Briggs
  • Consequences of injury (obesity)
  • Obesity
The worker suffered a knee injury in 1976 at age 19, for which he was granted 2% pension, later increased to 8%. He suffered another of other accidents, including a shoulder injury in 1990. At the time of the accident in 1976, the worker weighed between 140 and ...
References: Act Citation
                      WCA

                      Other Case Reference
                      BOARD DIRECTIVES AND GUIDELINES: Operational
                      Policy Manual, Document No. 03-04-02
                      TRIBUNAL DECISIONS CONSIDERED: Decision
                      No. 695/87 (1987), 6 W.C.A.T.R. 209 consd;
                      Decision No. 1246/87 (1988), 9 W.C.A.T.R. 210
                      consd; Decisions No. 1216/87 consd,
                      1671/00 consd
                      [w1903s]

                      Neutral Citation: 2003 ONWSIAT 739

---> For example:
A search for policy decision will display only decisions where the words policy AND the word decision appear in the same reference entry in a decision. The two words do not need to be in any specific order and may be separated by other words.

Therefore, using Figure 1 as an example, Decision No. 1856/02 will not be included in the search result when a search is made for policy decision because the word policy appears in the first reference entry while the word decision appears in the second reference entry.

Tip References Search Tip #2
If you want to search for decisions which contain words that appear in different reference entries, use the Search Last Results feature.

How to use Search Last Results when words being searched are in different reference entries:

  1. Let us assume that you are searching for decisions with the words policy and decision. Enter policy in the References box. Then, click on the Search button to start your search.
  2. When you get your results, go to the end of the page and click on the Search Last Results Only checkbox. Then remove the word policy from the References box and enter the word decision. Finally, click on the Search button to continue your search.
  3. The decisions you will get will have references that contain both the words policy and decision.

Go to the section on Refine Search - Search Last Results Only to learn more about it.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the References box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display decisions with words such as early, earnings and hearing.


Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with references that contain any of the words which you typed in the References box.

---> For example:
A search for policy manual will display decisions where the word policy OR the word manual appear as references to the decision. The result would therefore be broader than the "All Words" search.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the References box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display decisions with words such as early, earnings and hearing.


Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only decisions with references that contain the exact phrase which you typed in the References box.

---> For example:
A search for policy manual will display decisions where the exact phrase policy manual appears together as references to the decision.

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