WSIB and Return to Work

Medical aid or lost-time injuries

Employees who sustain an injury while in the course of employment or experience an illness caused by a condition of the workplace are entitled to Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits. Injuries that require medical attention or result in lost time from work are reported to the WSIB.

All employees, including graduate students are covered by the WSIB while in the course of their employment. Specific reporting procedures are required for claims adjudication by the WSIB. Claims are managed by the Safety Office.

Early and safe return to work program

The University of Waterloo is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees, and to ensuring optimal recovery following an injury or illness.

The Return to Work Program is a collaborative process where workplace parties, along with an employee's health care provider work together to allow employees to resume safe, suitable work in a timely manner. Managers and employees are expected to co-operate in such programs through, for example, temporary reduction or modification of duties and/or hours as necessary.