Terrace will be one of 14 communities in the province to host public hearings on changes to workers compensation. The goal of the public engagement session is to increase overall confidence in the system and make it more worker centred.
Last April Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced the appointment of retired labor lawyer Janet Patterson to initiate an independent review.
Her work will assess policies and practices that support injured workers’ return to work; case management of injured workers; and modernizing WorkSafeBC’s culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model. The review also includes a Gender-Based Analysis-Plus, a process used to assess how diverse groups of people experience policies, programs and initiatives to ensure they’re able to participate fully in all spheres of society.
The formal review being undertaken by Patterson builds on work undertaken by WorkSafeBC over the past year to identify areas for improvement.
Results from a questionnaire will also be factored into the study. The questionnaire can be found at engage.gov.bc.ca/workerscompensationreview/.
The Terrace hearing is scheduled for July 18 and 19. The public must register in advance to present their views in person by calling 1-833-633-6790 or emailing Info@wcbreview.ca.
Written submissions can also be made to the same email address until July 19.