Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 1

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm (Toronto time)


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Aaron Thompson

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain what the WSIB is and how it functions  
  2. Describe the role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system 
  3. Effectively complete Form 8s for your patients 

Session resources

Power over pain portal
Power Over Pain is a direct response to Health Canada's Action Plan for Pain in Canada. Our goal is to provide access to free resources in a one-stop shop. Resources include articles, videos, podcasts, courses, workshops, and peer support. We also link you to national and provincial services for health advice/counseling from healthcare professionals. Source: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Turning 65: what you need to know about the loss-of-retirement-income benefit
The loss-of-retirement-income benefit helps replace retirement income lost due to work-related injury or illness once recipients turn 65. It supplements other retirement income that you may receive, and is not meant to be the main source of your income. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
WSIB operational policy on chronic mental stress
The purpose of this policy is to provide entitlement guidelines for claims for chronic mental stress. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

About presenter

Dr. Aaron Thompson, an occupational medicine specialist, is the chief medical officer of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a former director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice is based at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he is a staff physician in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Thompson conducts research in both clinical occupational medicine and disability management, with a focus on improving return-to-work (RTW) programs. He brings specialized expertise by providing a clinical perspective on the needs/gaps in existing communication and accommodation tools, and by providing input on how to optimize tools to facilitate effective and sustained work/RTW through effective accommodations that minimize and prevent disability.

Case presentations

Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO OEM project coordinator.

Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701).