Advocate Referral

Advocate Referral

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is a clinic system whose mission is to prevent occupational illnesses and injuries and to promote the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers. While OHCOW does not provide treatment, OHCOW’s interdisciplinary team investigates and provides an opinion regarding whether or not a health problem is work-related. This can involve giving a medical, occupational hygiene or ergonomic report relating to a WSIB claim.

To refer a worker to OHCOW, please use our Advocate Referral Form and fill in the necessary information as indicated on the form, sign where necessary, and return to OHCOW with the full copy of the WSIB file.

Please note that OHCOW does not address the following issues:

  • Acute treatment or ongoing medical care
  • Non work-related health problems
  • Fitness for work or modified work determinations
  • Musculoskeletal problems from more than 10 years ago
  • Pre-1990, FEL or NEL level of disability appeals or re-assessments
  • WSIB case management
  • Disability Claims (i.e. CPP, STD, LTD, EI, ODSP)
  • OHCOW is a not-for-profit clinic, funded by the Prevention Office of the Ministry of Labour.

There is no charge for our services. To begin the referral process, please contact the clinic nearest you.