Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Review

The WCB was reviewed as part of the Alberta government’s formal review of agencies, boards and commissions.

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Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Review

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Status: Completed
Ministry responsible: Labour
Completed: 2017


The Alberta government is committed to making sure the WCB system provides fair compensation and meaningful rehabilitation and that the system is sustainable and affordable.

An independent panel completed a comprehensive review of the system in June 2017. It had been more than 15 years since the last WCB review.

Legislation changes

Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans was introduced Nov 27, 2017.

If passed, Albertans would see an improved workers' compensation system that is fair and provides greater benefits to support injured workers.

Final report

The review panel concluded its work and submitted its final report in July 2017. Thanks to everyone who participated in the review and submitted feedback on the WCB Review Panel’s final report.

What was reviewed

An independent three-member panel conducted a formal review of the workers’ compensation system, including:

The review examined the:

  • WCB’s governance and effectiveness
  • principles of compensation
  • policies of WCB including those related to privacy and confidentiality
  • transparency of processes and decision-making.

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About the WCB

WCB is the administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Act and makes claim benefit decisions based on assessment of claim facts and application of legislation and policy.

The WCB provides no-fault disability insurance for workplace injuries and illnesses to more than 160,000 employers and more than two million workers. The program is 100% employer funded and operates with oversight from a 10-member Board of Directors.