About the Workers' Compensation System
Alberta’s workers’ compensation system covers nearly 1.9 million Albertans and over 160,000 employers.
The system is made up of several different organizations. Each organization has specific roles and is ultimately accountable to the Minister responsible for the Workers' Compensation Act.
Workers' Compensation Board
- Provides workers’ compensation coverage for workers and employers in Alberta.
- Receives, decides and manages workers’ compensation claims and determines benefits.
- Provides for independent medical examinations of injured workers.
- Independently resolves differences / disputes about medical opinions.
Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation
- Independently considers appeals of WCB decisions.
- Can uphold, change or set aside WCB decisions.
Fair Practices Office (FPO)
- Helps Albertans navigate the system.
- Provides independent assistance with appeals.
- Independently reviews the fairness of decision-making processes in other parts of the system.
- Establishes policies regarding occupational health and safety.
- Responsible for workers’ compensation legislation and the overall direction of the system.