Independent Review Panel

Independent Review Panel seeks public input (07/10/09)

NB 1279

Oct. 9, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The Independent Review Panel for the New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) system invites the public and stakeholders to submit their experiences, views and suggestions on how to improve or strengthen the province's current system.

Discussion papers are posted on the review panel's website to guide comment. The discussion paper topics are: Coverage/Benefits; Financial Performance; Prevention of Injuries/Enforcement; Governance/Structure; Appeal System; and Claims Process/Healthcare Delivery. The panel will hold public and stakeholder consultation meetings later in the fall.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty appointed the three-member review panel in May, fulfilling a Charter for Change commitment. The panel is charged with evaluating whether the WHSCC system provides the most appropriate benefits possible and how it compares to workers' compensation systems throughout Canada. It will also reveal key considerations for the future of the WHSCC.

Over the summer, the review panel examined the existing WHSCC system in detail and similar systems in other Canadian jurisdictions. The final report will be presented to Doherty and the WHSCC by January 2008 and will include recommendations for the operation of the WHSCC.

Comments and written submissions should be submitted online at http://www.gnb.ca/irp-cri or by mail before Oct. 31, 2007. For additional information, or to obtain a copy of the discussion papers, please contact the panel at:

Independent Review Panel
New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation System
535 Beaverbrook Court; Suite 105
Fredericton N.B. E3B 1X6
Telephone: 506-457-7662
Fax: 506-444-2054
E-mail: irp-cri@gnb.ca

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MEDIA CONTACT: Craig Chouinard, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2519.

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