WSIB Appeal Forms: Intent to Object & Appeal Readiness Form

 

These two charts explain the important differences between the two common WSIB appeal forms.

 

 
Intent to Object Form (ITO)
Why should I use an ITO?
To meet the time limit to appeal
What does it do?
The ITO
  • protects your right to appeal a decision
·         gives you time to decide if you want to appeal
When do I send an ITO?
 
Immediately!  Send an ITO for each WSIB decision you receive.
The WSIB must receive the completed ITO by the time limit in your decision letter (usually six months or 30 days from the decision date).
 
You can fax the ITO to the WSIB at 416-344-4684 or 1-888-313-7373.  Keep a copy of the fax confirmation for your records.
Where do I get an ITO?
 
From the WSIB: 
  • on their website (www.wsib.on.ca) (select the worker tab in the top bar and then the appeals tab) or
  • by calling 416-344-1000, or 1-800-387-0750 to ask that an ITO be mailed to you. 
 
From the Office of the Worker Adviser:
·         1-800-435-8980 (Service in English)
·         1-800-661-6365 (Service in French)
·         1-866-445-3092 (TTY)
Is there a risk?
No.  An ITO simply protects your right to appeal later on.
  • You do not have to be ready to proceed with an appeal.
·         There is no cost.
 
What if I’m not sure if I should appeal?
Send in the ITO anyway.


 

 
Appeal Readiness Form (ARF)
Why should I use an ARF?
To start an appeal
What does it do?
The ARF
  • starts the appeal process at the WSIB
  • tells the WSIB you are ready to go ahead
 
When do I send an ARF?
 
Only when you are ready to appeal. There is no time limit to send an ARF. 
Have you:
  • retained a representative (if you plan to have one)?
  • gathered any evidence you need?
  • sent any new information to your case manager?
  • contacted any potential witnesses?
 
Where do I get it?
 
The WSIB will send you an ARF:
  • after you submit your ITO
  • along with a copy of your WSIB file
 
If the WSIB does not send you an ARF, you can ask for one.
Is there a risk?
Maybe.  The WSIB appeal procedure says you must be ready when you send in an ARF.   If you are not ready to go ahead with your appeal, the WSIB may delay or stop your appeal.
There is no time limit to send an ARF.  If you can, it is best to wait until you have consulted your representative and gathered your evidence.
What if I’m not sure if I should appeal or if I am ready to appeal?
Don’t send in the ARF.  Consider talking with a representative.