Director's Message


Alec_Farquhar.jpgWelcome to the website of the Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA). The OWA has represented injured workers and their survivors in workers’ compensation (workplace insurance) appeals since 1985. In addition, since April 2012, the OWA has represented workers who have been threatened or punished by their employers for trying to exercise their rights under Ontario’s workplace health and safety law (the Occupational Health and Safety Act).

The employees of the OWA are dedicated and knowledgeable public servants with many years of experience assisting and representing injured workers. Over the years, our office has also been involved in a number of leading and precedent-setting cases at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT).  In addition to representing injured workers in individual cases, the OWA has played an active role in advocating for systemic changes that benefit injured workers.  

Under our new mandate, the OWA has rapidly growing expertise and experience in representing workers who have suffered reprisals for trying to follow or enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

On this website, you’ll find information about WSIB benefits and the appeals system; about dealing with reprisals under Occupational Health and Safety Act; and about how to get help from our office. 

We hope that this information helps you. If you need further assistance, please contact us.


Thank you for your interest in our site,


Alec Farquhar
Office of the Worker Adviser