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The Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta would like to thank the Alberta Federation of Labour for their sponsorship of this website.

WCB Seeks Public Feedback for Policy 04-04 – definition of permanent total disability

“As part of our policy project plan, we committed to reviewing entitlement for workers with catastrophic injuries not listed in section 43(2) of the Workers’ Compensation Act who also deserve access to the support they need throughout their lifetime.

We are consulting with the public to define fair and balanced parameters for determining additional catastrophic injuries or injury outcomes that would entitle eligible workers to receive lifetime permanent total disability (PTD) benefits.”

Visit the WCB’s website for more information and to provide your feedback.


– WCB representatives, lacking medical qualifications and legal training, are unlicensed to practice medicine or law, yet they wield absolute power to decide injured workers’ fate.

– Despite their lack of expertise, they create their own medical opinions and law, contradicting factual evidence and legislation, and deny compensation to injured workers.

– These unqualified representatives claim to be in charge, with absolute authority over injured workers’ claims, yet they have no apparent boss or oversight, raising questions about who grants them this power and why they are unaccountable.

– Injured workers are told that these representatives have the final say, with no possibility of escalation or review by a higher authority, despite being employed by a government organization that supposedly answers to the public.

– This lack of accountability and transparency allows them to make life-altering decisions without any checks or balances, leading to predictable errors and abuse of power.

– The  Workers Compensation ACT  requires the board to weigh all evidence and provide compensation entitlement based on medical probability, but unqualified clerks are allowed to ignore the existence of the WCA , prioritizing denial of compensation.

– If injured workers become unemployable, it’s a no-win situation, trapping them in a long-term cycle of denial and appeal, until they eventually succumb to their injuries or die waiting for justice.

In summary, it’s absurd to grant unqualified individuals the power to make critical medical and legal decisions, leading to a system where injured workers are denied rightful compensation, forced into poverty, and left to suffer. This systemic failure highlights the urgent need for reform and accountability within the WCB. Moreover, it is appalling that the people of Alberta  and organizations who are aware of this abuse have remained silent and inactive, allowing this injustice to persist.

About the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta’s 2024 Annual General Meeting

Today’s (June 6, 2024) WCB AGM virtual meeting was a disappointing showcase of lip service to injured workers. Despite many of us preparing thoughtful questions, we were  denied the opportunity to ask them. Instead, only three pre-selected questions, mainly  from employers, were answered. The event was essentially a scripted speech by the CEO, with no genuine engagement or accountability.

When we called the provided phone number to seek answers, we  were redirected to the contact centre and only had the option to  speak with our case manager  – a clear evasion of responsibility. This charade of transparency and accountability is an insult to injured workers, who deserve real support and answers when they are denied compensation from their case manager and forced to seek assistance from  publicly supported programs . 

We continue to seek genuine engagement, transparent decision-making, and meaningful support from the WCB. It’s time for real change, not just empty promises.

Lawyers/Legal Help Wanted

Injured workers in Alberta face a daunting challenge in finding legal representation to navigate the complex workers’ compensation system. With legal aid and lawyer referral services unavailable for these cases, many are left to navigate the system alone. We urgently need lawyers specializing in workers’ compensation law to step forward and offer their expertise.

The struggles injured workers face include:

– Delayed or denied claims, leading to financial hardship and mental health struggles

– Navigating a complex system without proper support

– Lack of accountability and transparency within the WCB and AC

– Personal stories of struggle and resilience

If you are a lawyer willing to take on these cases or an injured worker who has found legal support, please share your story with us. Together, we can:

– Advocate for change and ensure injured workers receive the legal support they deserve

– Encourage legal professionals to specialize in workers’ compensation law

– Establish a legal clinic or resource dedicated to supporting injured workers in Alberta

Let’s unite to create a safer, more supportive system for injured workers. Share your experiences, recommendations, and ideas with us. Together, we can make a difference!”

Contact us here.

Recent media coverage supporting injured workers in other provinces. Alberta needs more media coverage on this topic.

Legislative amendments aim to improve benefits for injured workers

Ontario to change how it compensates injured migrant agricultural workers

Read the KMPG Value for Money Audit

To see activity and justice in another province look under News – Ontario. We apologize for no updates in Alberta regarding the WCB and Appeals Commission. There appears to be not much interest in workers dealing with injuries, homelessness, and death – it’s been frustrating to garner support.