Legal services

We advise and represent individuals with employment and health and safety related issues, including those advocating for a healthier and safer workplace.

Public Education

We serve as a resource to many vulnerable groups seeking information on workers rights. We present over 150 public legal education workshops annually.

Law reform

We participate in law reform that effect changes to laws and policies governing employment, health and safety, workers compensation and related workplace laws.

Who We Serve

We serve the most vulnerable workers in Ontario, those who are non-unionized and experiencing low wage, and are facing health and safety problems at work.

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Communications

Here you will find our latest newsletters, public activities and more.

Injured Worker Demonstration

on November 29, 2016

Join us for the 25th Annual Injured Worker Demonstration on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 11am! We will speak out on workers’ compensation issues that affect injured workers, their families and friends. This year, we are taking our message to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Toronto. We are gathering at 11am in Simcoe Park, just next to the WSIB located at Simcoe Place, 200 Front Street West. View map for directions.

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Annual Report 2016

on November 21, 2016

The Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic’s Annual Report outlines the activities and initiatives that were made in pursuit of advocating for workers’ rights. It further details the Clinic’s efforts to continue providing consistently high quality services in a cost-effective, efficient and innovative manner. The Clinic provides such legal services as advice, representation, public legal education and law reform concerning occupational health and safety and related workplace laws. The following

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Radon Hazards

on August 1, 2016

U of T Engineering Students’ proposal for Ontario Building Code changes for Radon Gas. According to the World Health Organization, radon gas has become the second leading cause of lung cancer. In Ontario, high levels of radon can be found within Toronto’s GTA. Since there are no legal requirements in Ontario for radon testing, the current Ontario Building Code is inadequate to handle radon as a rising problem. The Canadian Environmental Law Association issued a report in November 2014 called Radon in Homes, Schools, and Workplaces: CELA Finds Legal Protections Lacking.

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Operation Rainbow

on April 1, 2016

U of T Engineering Students’ proposals to safely replace the dangerous high school Rainbow Experiment. Our Clinic continued its partnership with first year engineering students at the University of Toronto participating in U of T Engineering Strategies & Practice Course, and the Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Course. Proposed by Clinic volunteer, Dr. Michael Grossman, “Operation Rainbow” is a project that seeks to resolve the safety problems surrounding the Rainbow Experiment: a laboratory experiment performed in secondary schools that identify characteristic colours produced by crystalline compounds when ignited.

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