Independent Review Panel

Public offers comments regarding WHSCC system (07/11/13)

NB 1467

Nov. 13, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are coming forward with ideas and suggestions on how to improve or strengthen the workplace health, safety and compensation system in the province.

Following the first three public meetings, Independent Review Panel chair Louis Comeau said 98 people attended the public meetings in Edmundston, Fredericton and Saint John, and more than 50 briefs and comments have been received so far and are posted on the panel website.

The Independent Review Panel will hold two more public meetings: in Bathurst on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Atlantic Host Inn, and in Moncton on Thursday, Nov. 22, at Future Inns on Lady Ada Blvd. Both meetings begin 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.

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.

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 Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission 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 in New Brunswick.

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: irp-cri@gnb.ca or call 506-457-7662.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Panel chairperson Louis R. Comeau will be available to answer questions about the consultation process at: 902-837-5023. MEDIA CONTACT: Craig Chouinard, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2519.

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