Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
The Yukon government is moving to revamp its Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act.
Richard Mostyn, the minister responsible for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, tabled Bill No. 8 Tuesday in the legislature.
It “would modernize and amalgamate the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act,” as stated in a news release.
“It is important that we modernize the Yukon’s workplace safety and compensation systems,” Mostyn said in the release.
“The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act would be the most progressive act in the country, and would dramatically improve Yukoners’ safety, both mentally and physically, and ensure injured workers receive the care and support they deserve.”
The release called the proposed changes a “simple, clean and effective Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act will ensure that worker safety and caring for injured workers is always kept at the forefront, in step with changing workplace conditions.”
Mark Pike, the chair of the board’s directors, added, “This marks another important stage in this process for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.”
Kurt Dieckmann, the board’s president and CEO, said, “This legislation will bring the Yukon in line with many other Canadian jurisdictions, ensuring that Yukon’s workplaces and workers will be protected under legislation that has their interests in the forefront, all the while ensuring that the compensation fund is kept in a balanced position to support Yukoners when they need it most.”
In the fall of 2019, the compensation health and safety board hosted a public engagement to ask Yukon employers, workers and stakeholders for their input.
It included stakeholder and public meetings, one-to-one meetings, outreach events, two online surveys and written submissions.
The public engagement concluded in January 2020.
The public engagement was summarized in a What We Heard report.
It noted that Yukon employers, workers and stakeholders support the modernization of legislation that enhances safety and compensation systems within the territory.
The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act will replace the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
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