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Public hearings set for WCB review

Prince George residents are being asked to give their input on British Columbia’s workers’ compensation system and how to shift the system to become more worker-centred.

They will also be asked how to increase worker and employer confidence in the system.

Prince George will host one of 14 public meetings around the province with the local meet slated for July 17.

The public and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views until July 19, 2019. People can submit written feedback by email to Info@wcbreview.ca or by filling in a questionnaire online. Details of the engagement process and a link to the questionnaire can be found here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/workerscompensationreview/

Anyone wishing to present their views in person to the reviewer is asked to book a time in advance, using the email address above or by phoning 1 833 633-6790 (toll-free within B.C.). All meetings will be open to the public.

Half the times will be reserved for injured workers to ensure their views are heard about what an improved workers’ compensation system should look like.

Other meetings in the North will include:

  • Williams Lake – July 2, 3
  • Fort St. John – July 15, 16
  • Terrace – July 18, 19

In April 2019, Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, announced the appointment of a retired labour lawyer, Janet Patterson, to undertake the independent review, to assess:

the system’s policies and practices that support injured workers’ return to work;

WorkSafeBC’s current policies and practices through a gender and diversity-based analysis (commonly referred to as GBA +);

modernizing WorkSafeBC’s culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model;

  • the case management of injured workers; and
  • potential amendments to the Workers Compensation Act arising from this focused review.

The formal review being undertaken by Patterson builds on work undertaken by WorkSafeBC over the past year to identify areas for improvement.

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