2019 Statutory Review – Workers’ Compensation System (2019SRWCS)


As directed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, a Statutory Review Committee (the Committee) has been established to conduct a review of Newfoundland and Labrador’s workers’ compensation system. The Committee comprises Judy Morrow, Q.C. (Chairperson and Member-At-Large), Bernadette Coffey Sobol (Vice-Chairperson and Workers’ Representative), and Leonard Knox (Employers’ Representative).   

The 2019 Statutory Review - Workers' Compensation System provides a valuable opportunity to focus stakeholder and public attention on workers’ compensation matters with the objective of improving the overall system for both workers and employers.

A Discussion Paper (click here to view) has been prepared to help focus the consultation process. It outlines three key areas which the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador asked the Committee to focus on – efficiencies in the review processes, balance in the provision of benefits, and financial sustainability.

You are respectfully asked to consider these three key areas and where applicable provide commentary on the eight accompanying questions outlined in the Discussion Paper.

The Committee will welcome commentary on matters not covered by these areas.

Get Involved

You can have your say in the review of Newfoundland and Labrador's workers compensation system.

Several options are provided to workers, employers, key stakeholder organizations, and the general public to participate in the engagement process, including in-person sessions, or online and mail-in submissions.

Please review the Discussion Paper and use it to inform your participation where applicable. Click here to view the Discussion Paper. If you require an alternate format please contact Sharmane Allen by email at info@2019srwcs.ca or by phone at (709) 729-6381.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Option 1 - Present at a Public In-Person Session:

Following receipt of RSVPs, the Committee has scheduled five presentations for March 18, 2020 in St. John’s at the Comfort Hotel Airport, Salon A, 106 Airport Rd.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   St. John's Firefighters Association
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  •  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM      Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union
  •  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM      Dallas Mercer Consulting
  •  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM      First Responders of NL Ad-Hoc Working Group

NOTE: Due to insufficient registration (i.e. two or less RSVPs received) the public in-person sessions in Gander, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley – Goose Bay have been CANCELLED.


For accommodation purposes the Committee is holding two additional public in-person sessions in St. John’s on April 29 and 30, 2020.  If you wish to present at one of the sessions please RSVP by Friday, April 17, 2020, via email at info@2019srwcs.ca or call Sharmane Allen at 709-729-6381

Once all the RSVPs have been received, you will be contacted with a time to present to the Committee. To accommodate presenters, day and evening slots will be available. All presenters will be given a maximum of 30 minutes to present and fifteen minutes for question and answers.

Presenters are asked to submit an electronic copy of their presentation prior to their session (send to info@2019srwcs.ca) or bring four printed copies of their presentation to the session for distribution to the Committee and note-taker.

All presenters at the public in-person sessions will be asked in advance of their presentation if they prefer a media blackout during their presentation. Presenters who do not request a media blackout will have to sign a waiver.  No recording devices will be allowed to operate at any time during the public in-person sessions.

On April 23, 2020, the schedule of presentations and venue will be posted on engageNL.ca.  While the names of organizations will be publicly identified in the schedule, the names of private citizens will be withheld for privacy reasons.

Option 2 - Online and Mail-in Submission:

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, you can send your document in PDF, DOC or DOCX form to info@2019srwcs.ca or mail a printed or handwritten copy to:

2019 Statutory Review Committee – Workers’ Compensation System
c/o Sharmane Allen, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
P.O. Box 8700, 4th Floor, West Block, Confederation Building

St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Please note the deadline for online and mail-in submissions is April 30, 2020.

Option 3 - Request for Accommodation:

NOTE NEW DATE: If you wish to participate in the consultation process and require accommodation, please contact Sharmane Allen by email at info@2019srwcs.ca or call (709) 729-6381 by April 17, 2020. 

Requests for accommodation will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the Disability Policy Office or applicable government department.

Please click here for more information on the Inclusive Public Engagement Policy.

How will your input be used?

The Committee looks forward to receiving your input and assures that all input will receive due consideration in preparation of the final report. The Committee intends to report and recommend to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador by June 30, 2020.

Privacy Statement

The collection of information for the 2019SRWCS is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (2015) for the purpose of collecting public feedback on Newfoundland and Labrador’s workers’ compensation system.

It is recommended that you do not include personal information with your submission. However, any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (2015) and will only be used for the purpose of informing the review of the workers’ compensation system.

If you have any questions about how this information is being collected, used or disclosed, please contact Sharon M. Seaward, ATIPP Coordinator by phone at (709) 729-4276 or by email at SharonSeaward@gov.nl.ca.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments please contact Sharmane Allen by phone at (709) 729-6381 or by email at info@2019srwcs.ca.