Public engagement on acts review to launch this fall

Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) on behalf of the Government of Yukon is conducting a public engagement about modernizing the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The engagement will launch with a public open house in Whitehorse on October 23, 2019, and close on January 16, 2020.

The engagement will offer the opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to provide input on how to improve the workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety systems now and for the future.

The goal of this modernization is to reduce workplace incidents and injuries, increase the efficiency of claim administration, reduce red tape and delays, and maintain a solvent Compensation Fund.

Input is being requested by YWCHSB at public sessions in Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Watson Lake, Mayo and Dawson. Governments, agencies, associations and other stakeholder groups that represent the broad interests of workers and employers in Yukon are invited to provide feedback.

Those unable to attend can provide feedback by completing an online survey or by written submission.

Information about how to participate in this public engagement, including a list of dates and times, is available at wcb.yk.ca/actsreview.

The Government of Yukon is proud to announce this full review of these two pieces of legislation which are so important to Yukoners’ well-being. We are very excited to see what insights, ideas and solutions the community brings to the table.

Minister responsible for Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, Jeanie Dendys

Modernizing the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act demonstrates that the best interests of workers and employers are at the forefront of everything we do. We look forward to hearing from our stakeholders and the public as we continue to work towards a safer workplace for all.

Board of Directors Chair, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, Mark Pike

Aligning the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act with modern workplace practices is crucial to ensuring the legislation provides a framework that is effective and efficient for workers and employers. I look forward to hearing from Yukoners as we work towards improving safety and compensation systems now and for the future.

President and CEO, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, Kurt Dieckmann

Contact 

Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications
867-332-0480
stewart.burnett@gov.yk.ca

Andrew Robulack
Communications, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
867-689-2574
andrew.robulack@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
19-228