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Decision Search Help: General Instructions

Performing a Search

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Searching by Section of the Act

You can search decisions by sections of the Workers' Compensation Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. This may be useful if you want to limit your search to decisions made under one of these Acts. For this search, you need to use the acronym for these acts as explained below:

To perform a search, you need to make sure that the title Section of the Act is visible in the dropdown box (if you have just opened the Decision Summary Search page, the dropdown box will be showing the title References). If it is not visible, click on the arrow beside the dropdown box and click on the title Section of the Act.

Enter either wca or wsia in the Section of the Act box. You can also enter section numbers in your search. However, take note that not all decisions with a section of the Act cited will have section numbers. Section numbers are noted only when a decision interprets or adds to the understanding of the section. Furthermore, because the Act is amended and renumbered from time to time, one must be aware of any changes in numbering that have occurred to a particular section. It is recommended that a section search should supplement and not replace a keyword search.

Using the dropdown box beside the Section of the Act box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):

All words - (Note: this is the default)
Any words
Exact phrase.


Then, click on the Search button to start your search.

 

Search Options
The search option that you choose will determine how the search will be performed.


All words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with a section of the act entry that contains all the words which you typed in the Section of the Act box. A section of the act entry is a bulleted item under the Act Citation section of a decision search result page as shown in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1:

Decision No. 1246 02 12-Feb-2003 N. McCombie - G. Stewart - P. Hodgkiss
  • Labour market re-entry {LMR} (eligibility)
  • Fraud
  • Overpayment
  • Jurisdiction, Tribunal (overpayment)
The worker suffered a repetitive strain injury for which she was granted an 18% NEL award. The worker appealed a decision of the Appeals Resolution Officer denying LMR services in August 1998 and confirming that benefits paid during 1997 ...

References: Act Citation
                   WCA
                   WSIA 42(1), 149
                   Other Case Reference
                   BOARD DIRECTIVES AND GUIDELINES: Operational Policy Manual,
                      Document No. 18-01-04
                   [w1103s]
                   Neutral Citation: 2003 ONWSIAT 259

---> For example:
A search for wca wsia will display only decisions where the words wca AND wsia appear in the same section of the act entry. These terms do not need to be in any specific order and may be separated by other words or characters.

Therefore, using Figure 1 as an example, Decision No. 1246/02 will not be included in the search result when a search is made for wca wsia because the term wca appears in the first section of the act entry while the term wsia appears in the second section of the act entry.

---> Section of the Act Search Tip
If you want to search for decisions which contain words that appear in different section of the act entries, use the Search Last Results feature.

How to use Search Last Results when words being searched are in different reference entries:

  1. Let us assume that you are searching for decisions with the terms wca and wsia. Enter wca in the Section of the Act box. Then, click on the Search button to start your search.
  2. When you get your results, go to the end of the page and click on the Search Last Results Only checkbox. Then remove the term wca from the Section of the Act box and enter the term wsia. Finally, click on the Search button to continue your search.
  3. The decisions you will get will have an act citation that contains both the terms wca and wsia.
    Go to the section on Refine Search - Search Last Results Only to learn more about it.


---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Section of the Act box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for 4 will cause the search to also display decisions with 40, 74 and 8(4) in the section of the act.


Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions that contain any of the words which you typed in the Section of the Act box.

---> For example:
A search for wca 4(3) will display decisions where the word wca OR 4(3) appear in the section of the act. The result would therefore be broader than the "All Words" search.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Section of the Act box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for 4 will cause the search to also display decisions with 40, 74 and 8(4) in the section of the act.


Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only decisions that contain the exact phrase which you typed in the Section of the Act box.

---> For example:
A search for wca 4(3) will display decisions where the exact phrase wca 4(3) appears together in the section of the act.

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