Scheduling the Hearing

Hearing Proposal

After your appeal is ready for an oral hearing, the WSIAT’s Scheduling Department will send you a letter with the proposed hearing date. You must let the WSIAT know within two weeks if the proposed date is not suitable for you, otherwise the date will be confirmed.

Notice of Hearing

After proposing a hearing date, the Scheduling Department will send you a Confirmation of Hearing Notice listing the hearing date, time, and location.

You are responsible for providing the WSIAT with adequate address and contact information. If your address or phone number changes, please let us know by completing a Change of Address form.

For more information how hearings are scheduled, please read the Practice Direction: Notice of Hearing and Failure to Attend or Contact Us.

Hearing Locations

Oral Hearings are held in these cities in Ontario:

  • Hamilton
  • London
  • Oshawa
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins
  • Toronto
  • Windsor

The city closest to the appellant is usually chosen as the hearing location. If you require an accommodation for your hearing, please see Accessibility. The WSIAT may cover some of the costs for a worker or witness to attend a hearing. Please refer to the Practice Direction: Fees and Expenses or Contact Us for more information.


If you cannot attend your hearing date, please let us know as soon as possible by requesting an adjournment. This means your hearing would be rescheduled for a later date. For information on requesting an adjournment, please see the Practice Direction: Adjournments and Withdrawals or Contact Us.

Pre-Hearing Conferences

There may be evidentiary issues or procedural issues identified by you or by WSIAT staff that require direction from a Vice-Chair or Panel before the hearing takes place. A pre-hearing conference may be scheduled to address these issues. A pre-hearing conference may be held in person or by teleconference. For more information, please see the Practice Direction: Pre-Hearing Conference/Pre-Hearing Telephone Conference Calls or Contact Us.