The Cover Me WSIB campaign was established to ensure all injured workers are treated fairly and covered universally under the compensation system managed by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) was established to provide compensation to workers who have experienced workplace illness or injury as a result of their job.

However, only 72% of Ontario workplaces have WSIB coverage. This leaves 1.6 Million workers in Ontario with no WSIB protection in the event of a workplace illness or injury. That’s the lowest percentage of any province or territory. The WSIB is funded by employers, not the public. However, the public pays all health care and social assistance costs for injured workers with no WSIB coverage.

A century ago, Ontario’s workers and employers made a historic compromise to ensure a compensatory system that would work for everyone – injured workers gave up their right to sue employers on the condition that employers would fund a compensation system managed by the government.

We call on the Government of Ontario to provide fairness for all workers in the province by amending the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act so that it provides WSIB coverage to all workers in Ontario. As well, coverage should be simplified, creating one common plan and ensuring a level playing field for all employers.

Workers’ Stories


Maryam Nazemi

Early Childhood Educator
Maryam Nazemi worked as an ECE (Early Childhood Educator) at a private school. At her job, she was repeatedly asked to lift items that were too heavy for her. “My job as an ECE teacher was lifting a lot of kids… and moving a lot of heavy shelves,” said Maryam. “Each shelf – at least [...]

Steve Mantis


35 years ago, after finishing up a job he was working on at a construction site, Steve Mantis suffered a life-changing accident. “I was just guiding the cable – my hand quite close to the winch,” said Steve. “My glove caught one of those little frayed wires and got pulled into the winch. I felt […]

How the Cover Me Campaign
Can Help You!

The WSIB should cover everyone!

The Cover Me WSIB campaign seeks to expand WSIB coverage to all workplaces, so all workers are eligible for compensation in the event of a work-related illness or injury no matter where they work.

Another part of our campaign seeks to improve the benefits for those workers receiving partial wage loss benefits. Unlike, full wage loss benefits, these payments are not increased to keep pace with the cost of living.

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No Coverage? Tell Your Story!

If you don’t have WSIB coverage, we would love to hear your story. Let us know more about your situation and how it affects you and your family. How are you coping? How would your life be different if you had coverage? Record a short video (a maximum of 90 seconds) letting us know.

We promise to watch every submission, and we’ll share some of our favourites here!

What you will need:
You will require a web/phone/video camera to record your video. Access to YouTube (through the creation of your own account) is also required; you will need a place to upload your video after recording it. You can also log in to YouTube using your Google account!

Tips for making a video people will watch:
When you record your video, please make sure you are not sitting in front of a light source, like a window or lamp. If you are back-lit, your face will not be visible.

Speaking from your heart is wonderful, but don’t be afraid to make a few notes of what you would like to say before recording your video. Try to record in a quiet place so your voice isn’t drowned out by background noise.

When you upload:
Make sure that the title of your video includes the phrase “Cover Me WSIB". Properly titling your video will ensure it is flagged as part of the campaign. When you write a description for your video, feel free to add as much detail about your situation as you would like; including a larger description for your video will allow others in a similar situation to easily find your video when searching keywords.

A note on accessibility:
Taking time to transcribe your video will enable deaf individuals and those who are hard of hearing to view your video (with captions). Please consider taking the extra time to do this.

That’s it! After you’ve posted your video, feel free to send us a link using this form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Know Your Rights!
You Have the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

You do not have to complete unsafe tasks nor use any equipment that you feel is unsafe while on the job.  If at any time you feel the physical condition of your work environment is unsafe, or you are being asked to work with faulty equipment or could endure violence on the job, you have the right to refuse unsafe work.  A formal announcement is not necessary.  Just report the issue immediately to your supervisor or employer and explain the circumstances.  This will begin the work refusal process.

What You Should Know

Here are the steps you should take to report unsafe work.

Stage 1

If you recognize unsafe work, consider the situation and report your refusal to your supervisor/employer. You may also wish to inform the worker safety representative and/or management representative of the situation.

Your employer/supervisor will investigate the matter in your presence and in the presence of a worker safety representative.

Issue Resolved

You are safe to go back to work.


Issue NOT Resolved

Your case will proceed to the next stage.

Stage 2

With reasonable grounds to believe work is still unsafe, you may continue to refuse the work and remain in a safe location. The worker or employer – or someone representing the worker or employer – will call the Ministry of Labour.

The Ministry of Labour Inspector will investigate the situation in consultation with the worker, safety representative and the supervisor/management representative.

The inspector will give his/her decision to the worker, management/supervisor and safety representative in writing.

Changes are made if required or ordered. After adequate changes are made and the situation is resolved, the worker may return to work.

Pending the Ministry of Labour investigation:

The refusing worker may be offered other work if it doesn’t conflict with the collective agreement. Refused work may be offered to another worker, but management must first inform the new worker that the offered work is the subject of work refusal. This must be done in the presence of:

  • A member of the joint health and safety committee who represents workers or;
  • A health and safety representative or;
  • A worker who, because of his/her knowledge, experience and training is selected by the trade union he/she is represented by or by the workers who represent them (if there is not a trade union).

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