Overview of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) 1

Session details



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


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Vivian Sapirman

Session objectives

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the workers compensation system in Ontario 
  2. Understand how the claims process at the WSIB works
  3. Understand the context of mental health claims at the WSIB  

Session resources

Badge of Life Canada
Badge of Life Canada supports Canadian public safety personnel by offering a safe, confidential place where members in crisis can turn for immediate information that can provide hope, growth and recovery to those members who are suffering an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and addictions; with access to counselling, including suicide prevention counselling, information and group support programs. Source: Badge of Life
Feasibility Evaluation Checklist
The Feasibility Evaluation Checklist (FEC) is a vocational observation tool that evaluates an individual’s performance in work skills and behaviors that have been identified as important in returning to work for people with cognitive or physical disabilities. Source: EpicRehab
Readiness Ruler
This exercise utilizes a strategy for assessing motivation to change behavior. It stems from research on Motivational Interviewing, and is a powerful methods for moving people along the continuum of becoming ready to change. Source: Envisia Learning
The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)
The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure is an evidence-based outcome measure designed to capture a client’s self-perception of performance in everyday living, over time. Originally published in 1991, it is used in over 40 countries and has been translated into more than 35 languages. Source: COPM
Wings of Change Peer Support
Wings of Change - Peer Support facilitates peer-led, confidential, solution-based discussions addressing operational stress injuries and mental health challenges that public safety personnel and frontline workers may encounter. We explore how these challenges impact them and their families and follow the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Peer Support Guidelines. Source: Wings of Change

About presenter

Dr. Vivian Sapirman is a Psychiatrist in Toronto. She is the Mental Health Physician Lead at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and a Medical Advisor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). She is also a physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital, where she has a focus on medical psychiatry.

Prior to joining the CPSO, Sapirman held a number of leadership roles in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (U of T), including Postgraduate Site Director for Women’s College Hospital and Resident Remediation Coordinator. Sapirman completed her undergraduate medical training at McMaster University and her residency in psychiatry at U of T.

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