Acts modernization

Modernization and amalgamation of the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act

On behalf of the Government of Yukon, YWCHSB carried out a public engagement in late 2019 and early 2020 to hear from stakeholders and the public about the modernization and amalgamation of the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act into the newly formed Workplace Safety and Compensation Act.

Throughout the engagement, we offered ways for members of the public and stakeholders to contribute to the development of legislation that meets the needs of Yukon’s workers and employers now and into the future.

We have summarized the information we received in a What We Heard report, which is available in English and in French.

The Government of Yukon will use the report in considering the proposed changes to legislation.

Why are we doing this?

The Workers’ Compensation Act was last updated in 2008 and although many issues were identified at that time, only select issues were addressed.  In addition, since 2008, new and emerging issues have surfaced in society and the Workers’ Compensation Act needs to be modernized in certain areas.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act has remained largely untouched since its inception in 1984 when the legislation was sewn together piecemeal from other legislation across the country; this has resulted in lack of clarity, misinterpretation, difficulty in compliance and obstacles to effective enforcement.

Given that the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act are administered by the board, it would be more efficient and effective in terms of administration and enforcement of the legislation to have the two programs be contained in one amalgamated Workplace Safety and Compensation Act.
Benefits of one statute include:

  • Clarity that there is one organization with one administration which is responsible for both compensation and workplace safety;
  • One appeal tribunal which is applicable to the entire compensation and workplace systems thereby streamlining processes for workers and employers while also allowing the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) to develop more experience and greater expertise; and
  • Emphasis that the compensation system and the workplace health and safety system have a shared interest in the reduction of workplace injuries and incidents.

A simple, clean and effective Workplace Safety and Compensation Act will ensure that worker safety is always kept at the forefront, in step with changing workplace conditions.

Related materials

Detailed policy issues papers that we made available to the public and stakeholders. The policy issue papers explore a range of proposals from Yukon government, based on other Canadian jurisdictions legislation. 

Summary notes

Summaries of what we heard during the policy issues meetings.

What we heard (so far) reports

Summaries of what we’ve heard so far during our public open houses, outreach events, community sessions and one-to-one meetings.

More information

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