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Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review

The final report from the Committee, including recommendations, is now available.

In October and November 2015, the Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review held public consultations for individuals and organizations to provide feedback and make suggestions on improvements or reform of The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013, the regulations and the administration of the Act and regulations.


1. Report and Recommendations

The Committee received 68 written submissions and hosted public consultations in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton and Regina. The Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review 2016 Report are based on those public consultations.

The Committee made 11 recommendations:

  1. Culture and Customer Service: Focus on corporate culture and develop a customer-centric service delivery model.
  2. Board Structure and Governance: Modernize Board structure to reflect the diversity of skill sets required to guide the work of the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB).
  3. Appeals: Significantly reduce the average number of days to a decision and communicate clearly with appellants throughout the process.
  4. Psychological Injury: Strengthen the Psychological Injury Policy regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental health coverage for Saskatchewan workers.
  5. Fatality Service Specialists: Assign fatality service specialists to assist individuals and families affected by workplace fatalities and minimize the number of caseworkers per claim.
  6. Coordination of Benefits: Coordinate benefits between the WCB and SGI to ensure that no worker is disadvantaged in the event of a work-related motor vehicle accident.
  7. Privacy Policy: Repeal sections 173 and 174 of The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013 to comply with the provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and update the WCB's privacy policy to align with the changes.
  8. Employer Resource Centre: Establish an Employer Resource Centre, coordinated through the Office of the Workers Advocate, dedicated to helping employers navigate the workers' compensation system.
  9. Communication and Surplus: Increase transparency and awareness so that the public understands the application of the surplus in the Funding Policy.
  10. Rate Review and Standard Discount: Ensure best practices are fair and equitable for all employers and not excessively punitive for small employers.
  11. Review Implementation and Oversight: Strengthen ongoing communication with stakeholders regarding Committee of Review recommendations and implementation.

2. Next Steps

The report has been forwarded to the Workers' Compensation Board for review. The WCB has been asked to provide an implementation plan to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

Three of the recommendations would require changes to legislation. Further consultations with stakeholders will take place in the winter to determine how to best implement those recommendations.


4. Information about COR

The Committee of Review (COR) reviews and reports on all matters concerning The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013, the regulations and the administration of the Act and regulations. They provide a forum for individuals and organizations to recount their experiences with the workers' compensation system and make suggestions for reform and improvement.

The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013 requires a review be conducted at least once every four years. The Committee of Review is made up of equal representation from employers and organized employees.

This year's Committee members, who come from the public and private sectors as well as organized labour, were:

  • Kaylynn Schroeder, Chairperson;
  • Lori Sali, Acting Chairperson and member representing organized labour;
  • Judy Henley, member representing organized labour;
  • Karen Low, member representing business;
  • Ron St. Pierre, member representing organized labour;
  • Irene Cruson, member representing business; and
  • Michael Wainwright, member representing business.

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