Workplace safety and injury compensation changes

Bill 30 has been passed to update occupational health and safety standards and improve compensation for injured workers.

Status: Bill 30 passed Dec 13, 2017
Ministry responsible: Labour

Overview

Every year, hardworking Albertans are killed or injured on the job. A strong health and safety workplace culture is essential to preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. When injuries do happen, a fair compensation system should support injured workers and help them get back to work.

These rules and standards are covered under the:

  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, which sets the minimum standards for workplace health and safety and outlines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), which provides no-fault benefits and supports a safe return to work for injured workers

These systems have not been significantly updated in decades and the nature of work and workplaces have changed. Over the past year, Albertans participated in comprehensive reviews of the systems. Their feedback was used to inform changes to our workplace safety and injury compensation laws.

Changes

Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans has been passed to:

  • improve worker safety
  • modernize workplace standards and practices
  • better align Alberta’s standards with the rest of Canada
  • provide greater compensation and benefits to injured workers and their families

Timeline

Most changes come into effect:

  • Jan 1, 2018 - workers' compensation
  • June 1, 2018 - occupational health and safety

News

Bill would improve safety, well-being of Albertans (Nov 27, 2017)