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Policy development at the WSIB

Framework for Operational Policy Development and Renewal

Our commitment to serving the workers and employers of Ontario better includes ongoing efforts to make policies easier to understand and apply, and to ensure they are clear and consistent.

The Framework for Operational Policy Development and Renewal guides policy development at the WSIB and makes the process more structured and transparent.

Policy Agenda

Included in the Framework is a key commitment - the creation of an annual Policy Agenda.

Each year, we create an agenda that contains the WSIB’s policy priorities for the coming year. In addition to policies that require revisions due to legislative amendments, policy reviews that will require stakeholder engagement are also included. This will ensure stakeholders are given advance notice of the policies we plan to review in that year.

We’re looking forward to continuing to work with our stakeholders to review our policies in the future.

Policy renewal

As outlined in the WSIB’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan and the Framework for Operational Policy Development and Renewal (PDF), we are committed to improving and renewing WSIB policies.

These efforts are aimed at ensuring policies are up to date, clear, and provide appropriate guidance to staff and the public as to how they will be applied. To ensure consistency, all new or revised Operational Policy Manual (OPM) documents will be formatted using a new template (PDF).


Each year, we will review a series of policies and identify "housekeeping" updates. Housekeeping changes are restricted to non-substantive changes including:

  • revisions as a result of legislative, regulatory amendments, or other policy changes
  • correction of outdated or inaccurate information or terminology
  • correction of typographical or grammatical errors
  • updates to legislative references

The WSIB will publish a number of housekeeping changes over the course of each year to ensure that the Operational Policy Manual remains up-to-date.

Have questions?

If you have questions about the Framework for Policy Development and Renewal, please contact Policy and Consultation Services at opb@wsib.on.ca.

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