Oct. 17, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The Independent Review Panel for New Brunswick's Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) system is launching its public consultations. The panel invites the public to share their opinions, views and suggestions on how to improve or strengthen the province's current system. The schedule for the public consultation meetings are as follows:
All meetings start at 7 p.m.
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; governance/structure; appeal system; and claims process/healthcare delivery.
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.
While meetings are open to all residents, the Independent Review Panel requests that you register, free of charge, at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting if you wish to make a presentation. Priority for addressing the panel will be given to registered individuals or groups. About 10 minutes will be allotted for each presentation during the public meetings.
To register or to obtain more information on how to participate in the review of the New Brunswick's Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation System, e-mail the panel at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 506-457-7662.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Panel chairperson Louis R. Comeau will be available to answer questions about the consultation process the morning of Thursday, Oct. 18 by phone at 902-422-6668. MEDIA CONTACT: Craig Chouinard, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2519.