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. It’s been more than 15 years since the last WCB review.
What’s under review
An independent three-member panel will conduct a formal review of the workers’ compensation system.
This system includes the:
The review will examine 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.
Read the terms of reference (0.2 MB)
As part of its formal review, the panel will engage with injured workers, employers, key partners, and interested Albertans, to gain a thorough understanding of the issues. Input from these conversations will inform the panel’s final report.
The panel released a progress update, Working Together: WCB Review Progress Report, to government in November. The report describes the major activities the panel has undertaken since it was established in March and is only intended to reflect key themes of what the panel has heard from stakeholders up to early November. There are many diverse perspectives, from workers, employers, unions, industry associations, health professionals and other interested Albertans about the current strengths in the workers' compensation system and where they see opportunities for improvement, which are reflected in the report.
The panel will provide a final report that includes their recommendations in spring 2017.
The panel will not review ongoing or previously submitted WCB claims, or an employer’s ability to apply for coverage for workers. If you have questions about a claim please contact WCB-Alberta.
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 per cent employer funded and operates with oversight from a 10-member Board of Directors.
NOV 9 2016
The progress report outlines what the independent review panel has heard so far about the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) from Albertans.
JUN 6 2016
Albertans are invited to share their opinions and experiences with the Workers’ Compensation Board review panel.
MAR 24 2016
As part of the Government of Alberta’s review of agencies, boards and commissions, an independent panel will review the WCB system and make recommendations.