Ontario Leads The Way with Disability Legislation for the Workplace

On November 2, 2012, in Ontario, by Jason Hall

The Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act Ontario was recently updated with new regulations for persons. There is a push to ensure this Act is slated to be fully-accessible throughout Ontario by 2025. It was created as “An Act to improve the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by persons with disabilities and to […]

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An Asphalt Shooting Defies Jurisdictions

On October 16, 2012, in Gatineau, Ontario, Ottawa, Quebec, by Rosalie McLachlin

Ottawa Father Shot, Then Caught in Insurance Hell After a 70-year-old hunter shot him in the foot, an Ottawa father of two finds he doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to settling a disability claim. He’s now reaching out to lawyers to recover what little he can. Earlier this year, Andrew […]

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Is Your Doctor Putting Your Disability Claim at Risk?

On September 24, 2012, in London, Ontario, by Jason Hall

Doctors Avoiding Paperwork Doctors care about us and try to do the best they can. But sometimes, as in the case of an Ontario rehabilitation physician, they can drown in their own paperwork. And that can affect the speed and success of a disability claim. Your disability claim. As a physiatrist, Emilie Newell specializes in […]

Be Aware of the “Disability Managers” at Your Workplace

On August 20, 2012, in Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo, by Rosalie McLachlin

Disability and Absenteeism Pity the employer. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and—as a manager of a public or private sector workforce—a manager must grapple with increasing absenteeism. And according to Statistics Canada, an employee who is absent due to disability may require some management. What is disability management and absenteeism? Disability management is “…a deliberate […]

The Medium is the Message

On July 26, 2012, in Kelowna, Toronto, by Jason Hall

The number one complaint the Canadian Human Rights Commission receives is in the area of disability. According to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “no one should be discriminated against because of a disability”. A recent news story in Kelowna provided some insight into why this is the case. The video below is about a […]

Disabled, “Yes”; Unemployable, “No”

On July 19, 2012, in British Columbia, Burnaby, Canada, Kootenays, Nelson, Quebec, Richmond, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, by Jason Hall

This week, the Government of Canada’s 2012 Economic Action Plan is being felt in Winnipeg where 30 people with disabilities are receiving funding to gain the skills they need to get jobs. By investing an additional $30 million over three years into the Opportunities Fund,  more Canadians with disabilities have the opportunity to become gainfully employed. […]

Ontario Ombudsman Sees 30% Increase In Complaints

On June 27, 2012, in Ontario, by Jason Hall

The Ontario ombudsman’s office has been overwhelmed with an increase of  almost 30% more complaints than last year. Complaints include denied disability claims and with Ombudsman, André Marin and his staff beseiged, getting resolution may prove more difficult than usual. According the the Ontario ombudsman’s website, an Ombudsman “is an independent officer of the Legislature who investigates complaints […]

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Canada’s Top-Five Employers for People with Disabilities

On May 25, 2012, in Gatineau, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, by Jason Hall

Many large companies and government organizations rely on partnership with disability societies to surpass standard employment practices. By offering comprehensive employment opportunities to people with disabilities, they are, in effect, improving working conditions for all. The cross-country survey of best employers for people with disabilities describes initiatives taken by five employers. Where once people with […]

Long-Term Disability: What If You’re Employer Goes Broke?

On May 10, 2012, in Canada, Toronto, by Jason Hall

Toronto’s University Avenue, known for years as “Tombstone Row”, is headquarters for the largest number of private insurance companies. And it’s along this broad avenue, that there was some recent rejoicing at the federal government’s 2012 Budget. The private insurance industry was pleased to see the government’s commitment to introducing legislation that requires federally-regulated employers […]

Long-Term Disability Claims: A Cross-Country Check

On May 3, 2012, in Burnaby, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Yukon, by Jason Hall

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians with long-term disabilities are finding their rights increasingly eroded, both from private insurers and government regulations. Amid a climate of restraint, it has become easier to role back hard won victories made by and for some of our most vulnerable citizens, but it’s not all bad news. Let’s […]