Canadian Contractor

Alberta’s WCB review panel wants to hear from YOU

It's the first public review of WSB in Alberta in 15 years


June 8, 2016
By Steve Payne
Steve Payne

Editor’s note: Here’s your chance, Alberta contractors, to have your say on WSB. See press release below. It’s your first opportunity to do so in 15 years. (Ontario WSIB, are you going to follow suit? When was YOUR last public review?)

June 6, 2016

WCB Review panel asks Albertans for input

Albertans are invited to share their opinions and experiences with the Workers’ Compensation Board review panel.

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People may offer feedback through an online questionnaire or by written submission at alberta.ca/wcb-review from today until July 15.

“Workers, large industries, small and medium-sized businesses, labour unions, safety and industry associations and other Albertans all have interests in the WCB system. They bring their own perspectives, wisdom and unique ideas about how the WCB should operate. By working together, our panel can develop recommendations to help ensure a WCB that works for everyone.”
– Mia Norrie, Chair, WCB Review Panel

The Workers’ Compensation Board review is part of the government’s commitment to review its agencies, boards and commissions. It’s being conducted by an independent three-member panel with extensive experience in representing workers and employers through Alberta’s workers’ compensation system.

Following the questionnaire and submissions, the panel will work with these key groups through the fall and winter to examine issues in greater detail. The panel is examining the WCB’s governance and effectiveness, relevant legislation, the principles of compensation and policies – including those related to privacy and confidentiality – and the transparency of processes and decision-making.

This review also includes the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation and the Medical Panel Office. The last comprehensive review was conducted more than 15 years ago.

The panel is expected to provide a progress update to government in fall 2016 and a final report in spring 2017.