Health & Safety & Workers' Compensation Conference


Unifor Family Education Centre

115 Shipley Avenue
Port Elgin ON N0H 2C5

“Know your Rights – It’s the Law”

May 6-8, 2016, Unifor Family Education Centre, Port Elgin

The 2016 National Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation Conference, “Know your Rights – It’s the Law” is our forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experience with the aim of promoting safety and health at work and fair compensation for injured workers.  We will focus on the importance of starting – and sustaining – conversations and actions about workplace prevention and compensation as the World of Work becomes more challenging, fast-paced and complex with new workplace hazards.

Four decades have passed since the Occupational Safety and Health Acts across the country were enacted promising every worker the right to a safe job.  And we have made jobs safer.  But our work is not done.  Many job hazards remain unregulated and uncontrolled.  Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives.

In addition, over a century has passed since the enactment of the Workmen’s Compensation Act which has evolved away from the intention to provide speedy and humane justice to injured workers.

Sadly, each year hundreds of workers are killed and thousands more are injured or diseased because of their jobs.  We cannot and will not allow the clock to be turned back and destroy the progress we have made to make jobs safer and save lives. Safety laws and regulations don't kill jobs—but unsafe jobs do kill workers.  Justice, Dignity and Respect for Injured Workers continue to be challenges across the Workers’ Compensation systems, a sharp departure from the foundation laid out by Justice Meredith.

Delegates will attend plenary sessions and workshops which offer interactive tools, information, thought-provoking exercises, informed dialogue and help develop shifts in perspective.

The objective of this conference is to deepen the understanding of and capacity to deal with the issues, to build alliances with our public campaigns and above all, prevent occupational injuries and diseases.

Who should come to this conference?

Anyone, dealing with Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation claims who wants to understand the issues facing us in the continuum of injury. This includes anyone from new to seasoned H&S representative to new compensation or benefit reps; to experienced workers’ compensation advocates; to local leadership.  Also members of Union in Politics committees who are interested in organizing for changes to the workers’ compensation system to make it meet workers’ needs rather than employer’s interests should attend.

Please make every effort to send delegates (leadership, political activists and benefit representatives) to this important conference. 

The conference begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 6th and ends at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8th, 2016.   Registration takes place on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

More information:

Call letter(PDF)

Unifor Family Education Centre registration form (PDF)

Unifor Childcare registration form (PDF)