The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (the “WSIAT” or “Tribunal”) has had an established Advisory Group since its creation in 1985. This Advisory Group was originally created to provide a forum where information about the development of the Tribunal could be shared with major stakeholders in the workplace safety and insurance system. The mandate of the Advisory Group today is to act as a resource for WSIAT and to provide the perspective of the respective stakeholders on a range of issues as they arise, including:
- WSIAT practice and procedure;
- WSIAT Practice Directions;
- WSIAT forms;
- Workplace safety and insurance systemic issues involving WSIAT;
- WSIAT website;
- WSIAT caseload and service-delivery;
- WSIAT Medical Assessors; and
- Issues raised by the stakeholders.
The Advisory Group is not and has never been intended to be a forum for the discussion of the merits of individual appeals.
The Advisory Group seeks to have equal representation from stakeholders from the employer and injured worker community. The members of the Advisory Group are all representative of injured worker or employer organizations, rather than individual counsel or representatives.
The Advisory Group meets on an as-needed basis, but there are frequent written referrals to the members about matters such as selection of Medical Assessors.
The Tribunal invites consultation on its accessible website.
The Tribunal sponsors periodic community-outreach sessions across the province, providing stakeholders in the regions with the opportunity to provide input into topical issues involving the Tribunal.