Established in 1985, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) is the final level of appeal to which workers and employers may bring disputes concerning workplace safety and insurance matters in Ontario. WSIAT has always been separate from and independent of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Notice regarding WSIAT operations during COVID-19

The WSIAT is committed to continuing its services to stakeholders, while also supporting the Province-wide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSIAT’s operations have been guided by the following values and commitments:

  1. Protecting the health and safety of the WSIAT’s employees, OICs (adjudicators), and stakeholders;
  2. Ensuring access to justice; and
  3. Delivering excellence in adjudication, which includes conducting fair hearings in accordance with the principles of natural justice and issuing well-reasoned decisions in a timely manner.

In line with public health recommendations during COVID-19, the WSIAT has focused on conducting hearings through alternative hearing methods, namely, videoconference, teleconference, and written process. (Alternative dispute resolution is also available in appropriate cases.)

The WSIAT will continue to adjust its procedures and practices in response to changing circumstances. The WSIAT is committed to clear and timely communication with stakeholders during this time of rapid change.

For up-to-date information regarding the WSIAT’s practices and procedures during COVID-19, please click the following link:

WSIAT Notices and Updates on COVID-19