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Committee of Review - Workers' Compensation Act

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The Committee of Review - Workers' Compensation Act is looking for feedback from the public on the Saskatchewan workers’ compensation system.

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1. About Workers’ Compensation Act Committee of Review

The Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review (Committee of Review) was appointed on August 5, 2021.

Why is there a Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review?

Under The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013 (Act) the government must appoint a Committee of Review at regular times. The first review was held in 1945. The following 14 reviews were about four years apart. In 2019, the Act was changed to give the committee five years between reviews.

This is the sixteenth Committee of Review.

Who is on the Committee of Review?

The Committee of Review has five members:

  • a chairperson;
  • two members from business; and
  • two members from organized labour.

What will the Committee of Review do?

The committee will look at:

  • The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013 (Act);
  • The Workers' Compensation General Regulations, 1985;
  • The Workers' Compensation Exclusion Regulations, 2014; and
  • how the Workers' Compensation Board administers the Act and regulations.

The committee wants information from:

  • employers;
  • employees;
  • injured workers and their families;
  • professionals;
  • organizations; and
  • other interested people.

The committee will accept:

  • written submissions; and
  • presentations at public hearings.

The committee will not:

  • give advice on a Workers' Compensation Board claim; or
  • tell the Workers' Compensation Board how to handle a claim.

The committee will review the Saskatchewan compensation system. They will not review compensation systems in general or systems outside of Saskatchewan.

How will this information be used?

The committee will write a report on their findings. They may make recommendations for:

  • changes to the Act or regulations; and/or
  • changes in how the Workers' Compensation Board administers the Act and regulations.
Disclaimer: The Committee of Review public meetings are about the Saskatchewan compensation system, not general compensation systems or systems outside of Saskatchewan.

Using this website shows you agree with the above statements.

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2. Schedule of Public Hearings

The dates, times and locations for public hearings will be announced at a later date. Some meetings will be held using Zoom. View this video on how to participate in a Zoom meeting.

A written submission is required along with each presentation.

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3. Privacy Statement

Submissions to the Committee of Review will be used in the review process. If your submission is shared with others, you will not be identified.

Personal information will only be shared with your permission. This includes your name.

The committee may share information if:

  • the law says they must;
  • they have your written permission; and/or
  • the information was given to them by an organization or business.

The committee may share an organization's information, including on the internet or in a written report.

Your personal information will only be used for the review. You will not be put on any lists or mailing lists. If you have any questions, please email wca-cor@gov.sk.ca.

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4. How to Make a Submission

Submissions will be accepted between November 1 and December 15, 2021.

Stakeholders, Organizations and Professionals

Stakeholders, organizations and professionals are encouraged to upload their submissions through the registration form (on or after November 1, 2021).

The Committee of Review is interested in:

  • name and purpose of organization
  • contact information
  • relationship to the workers' compensation system (e.g. employer, union, medical practitioner, etc.)
  • comments reflecting your views, thoughts, feedback, opinions or experiences with the workers' compensation system
  • reference to the section of the Act, regulations or policy with which you are concerned
  • examples to support your comments where appropriate
  • ideas or suggestions for system improvement

Submissions from stakeholders and organizations will be posted on the Committee of Review webpage.

COR form for Organizations

Individuals

Individuals will be able to submit their comments through the submission form. This form will be available on and after November 1, 2021.

The Committee of Review is interested in:

  • what works
  • what doesn't work
  • your reasons for saying what works or doesn't work
  • your suggestions

The Committee cannot:

  • give advice or say anything about an individual claim; and/or
  • tell the Workers' Compensation Board how to manage your claim.

Individual submissions will not be posted on the Committee of Review webpage.

COR form for Individuals

If you would like to make a presentation, but did not include your contact information with your submission, please contact the committee at wca-cor@gov.sk.ca to register.

For further information, please contact:

Toll-free: 1-866-919-1920 (Canada-wide)
Fax: (306)798-5190
Email: wca-cor@gov.sk.ca

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5. Submissions Received

The following submissions have been received by the Committee of Review:

Currently there are no submissions. Please check back later.

 

Some submissions may not be listed here, as outlined in the Privacy Statement.

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6. Committee Members

Louise Greenberg (Chairperson) Louise Greenberg, Chairperson of COR

Louise Greenberg is currently an Executive in Residence at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Regina.

Before joining JSGS, Louise worked for 32 years in the Government of Saskatchewan with the last five years as Deputy Minister of Advanced Education. Louise currently serves on several boards in Saskatchewan.

 

Shawna Nelson (Representative for Business, Acting Chair) Shawna Nelson

Shawna Nelson is the director of sales at the Sheraton Cavalier and The James Hotel in Saskatoon. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the hotel and hospitality industry.

She served on the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Board, was the past chair of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and represented Saskatchewan on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board.

Currently, she is a member of the Tourism Saskatchewan Board, SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival chair, and is the Saskatoon Destination Marketing Hotels Inc. chair.

She enjoys relaxing at the family cabin at Candle Lake, playing a round of golf and cherishes mother/daughter time.

 

Sandra Seitz (Representative for Labour) Sandra Seitz

Sandra has been employed with the Saskatchewan Health Authority for 37 years. For 30 of those years, she has been a trade union activist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Sandra has held various local, provincial, regional and national leadership roles within the trade union movement.

Sandra lives in Weyburn with her husband Darryl. They have three children and five grandchildren.

 

Blaine Dubreuil (Representative for Business) Blaine Dubreuil

Blaine obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and spent several years in the agriculture sector before moving into the construction industry.

He is the chief financial officer of the Allan Construction Group of Companies, was instrumental in establishing both Ironhouse Properties Ltd. and Saskatoon Transportation Link Ltd., is working to bring a heavy industrial rail facility to the RM of Blucher, and works part-time on the family-owned farm in the R.M. of Biggar.

Blaine knows that the industry's future success relies on effective collaboration between stakeholders. To that end, he has served as chair and past chair of Merit Saskatchewan; as a director for Merit Canada; and currently sits on the Saskatoon Construction Association Board.

Blaine lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Janis, and their three sons.

 

Dion Malakoff (Representative for Labour) Dion Malakoff

Dion Malakoff has been the executive director of the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Constructions Trades Council since 2017. The council is made up of unions representing construction workers in the province.

Dion became a journeyperson boilermaker in 2003. He worked as a welder, pipefitter, foreman and general foreman before joining the staff at Boilermakers Local 555. Dion served as a business representative and the assistant business manager at Local 555, with a focus on training and labour-management relations.

Dion currently represents construction sector employees on the Board of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and is an organized labour director for the Saskatchewan Safety Association.

Dion makes a positive impact in the community by giving his time to many volunteer organizations and community associations.

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