Advocates for Injured Workers (AIW) is a student clinic dedicated to providing high quality legal services to injured workers. AIW is an exciting way for University of Toronto law students to gain valuable experience in both written and oral advocacy. It is an excellent opportunity to work directly with clients, to develop practical legal skills and to learn more about administrative law, labour and employment law, human rights law, and litigation.

First year students (1Ls) can volunteer at the clinic, and upper year students can enrol for academic credit. The clinic holds training seminars specifically geared for newcomers as well as social events to celebrate our work together. AIW also offers terrific summer employment opportunities for students who are interested in having a more in-depth clinic experience in a fun, collegial atmosphere.

The student clinic operates as a satellite of the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, an expert clinic with a long tradition of advocacy for injured workers which specializes in workers’ compensation matters.  Clients come from many neighborhoods in and around Toronto and from a wide variety of occupational and ethnic backgrounds.

Students working at the clinic are supervised by staff lawyers from the Industrial Accidents Victims Group of Ontario, but have full responsibility for files including the preparation and presentation of appeals before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal. Students have the opportunity to handle a variety of casework, to engage in legal research, and to represent injured workers at all levels of appeal.  Cases include Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims, and related Canada Pension Plan, human rights and civil matters.

For more information, visit the AIW website at: http://www.iavgo.org/aiw/ 

Contact Information

489 College Street, Suite 203
Toronto, ON, M6G 1A5
Phone: (416) 924-4385
Fax: (416) 924-2472