Ontario Government | Ministry of Labour | Site Map | Accessibility | text resize: A A A

Home | About Us | OWT Library | Forms | Practice Directions | Decision Search | Contact Us | Français

Questions | Decisions | Appeal Process | For Representatives | Finding a Representative
Documents & Publications | Legal/Medical Resources | Popular Topics | Links to Other Agencies

Tribunal - General


The Pre-hearing Appeal Process

The Hearing


Technical Practice Directions

Practice Direction:
The Role of Tribunal Counsel Office Lawyers in Appeals and Applications before the Tribunal

# Download a copy in pdf format.*

1.0 This Practice Direction:

2.0 The Tribunal Counsel Office

2.1 The Tribunal Counsel Office (TCO) is a centre of legal and medical expertise at the Tribunal. 

2.2 The TCO consists of TCO Lawyers, TCO Administrative Support Staff, and the Medical Liaison Office. 

2.3 For more information about the Medical Liaison Office, see the WSIAT Guide: WSIAT-Initiated Assistance for Medical Issues.

3.0 The Role of TCO Lawyers in Appeals and Applications before the Tribunal

3.1 TCO Lawyers are available to provide neutral assistance to the Tribunal in appeals and applications:

3.2 All requests for TCO Lawyer assistance made by a Vice-Chair or Panel are confirmed in writing and communicated to participating parties, as well as placed on the record.

3.3 TCO Lawyers do not take a position on the outcome of an appeal or application before the Tribunal. 

3.4 TCO Lawyers do not provide representation to parties participating in an appeal or application before the Tribunal.

3.5 Examples of the neutral assistance that TCO Lawyers can provide to the Tribunal in an appeal or application include but are not limited to:

3.6 TCO Lawyers also provide general appeal and application-related legal advice to Tribunal staff.

4.0 Other Work of TCO Lawyers

4.1 TCO Lawyers frequently provide corporate legal advice and assistance in relation to non-appeal or application related matters to other departments of the Tribunal with respect to contract and procurement issues, corporate governance, privacy, human resources, and training.

4.2 TCO Lawyers also represent the Tribunal in litigation matters and related proceedings, including in applications for judicial review.  


Effective date:  January 1, 2020
Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal

* Note:
pdf icon To view documents in Portable Document Format (PDF), you must have Acrobat Reader software (version 4 or higher), a free utility created by Adobe Systems®. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader, you can download the version you need for your computer.

[Back to top]