WSIB Releases New Draft Framework for Review

WSIB OntarioTHUNDER BAY – News – The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) have a new draft Framework for Policy Development and Renewal which is now posted on their website for review and comments between now and September 15, 2011. The new framework explains the purpose of WSIB policies and administrative guidelines, outlines the WSIB’s approach to policy development and review, and describes the stakeholder consultation process.

“We are committed to fair and consistent policy development with stakeholder interests in mind. The draft policy framework aims to reflect our commitment to clarity, transparency, and quality in the development of policies with the participation of stakeholders – including employers, health care providers and other government policy makers”, shares David Marshall, the President and CEO. “Our new policies will be fair, practical, and effective and can be applied with timeliness, transparency and consistency. They will also respect the WSIB’s legislative mandate and strategic goals while taking into consideration stakeholder expectations”.

In a letter to stakeholders, Marshall states, “The WSIB’s new approach to policy development is intended to foster dialogue with stakeholders and provide a more organized and structured system to ensure that stakeholder views are represented. The WSIB will consult on policies that materially impact employers, workers, and/or other stakeholders to provide guidance for decision-makers and transparency for stakeholders. Ongoing consultation and communication with key stakeholder groups is vital to the WSIB’s decision-making process, and I encourage you to visit our website and review the draft policy framework”.

The site is www.wsib.on.ca. If you have questions about the consultation, please contact Alice Peter, Director, Policy Services and Appeals, via e-mail at alice_peter@wsib.on.ca or by telephone at 416-344-6916 or toll-free at 1-800-387-0750 x6916.