ITF Priorities

2022 Goals and Priorities

Priorities of the ITF Association are set annually by the membership in November of each year.  In addition to specific actionable items, the list also includes items the ITF Association monitors through regular review of statistical and other information as well as initiatives that support member development. 

To promote a FAIR, BALANCED and SUSTAINABLE workers' compensation systems

  • Review of the WCB Funding Policy and WCB Pricing Programs

  • WCB Accident Fund - identify issues affecting sustainability and collaborate on solutions; accountability of AIMCo

  • Participate in review of WCB legislation, programs, policies and procedures; implementation of Bill 47 changes (i.e. egregious conduct, duty to cooperate)

  • Proactively identify issues for review (duration of disability, continuation of TPD payments, rehab services, ELP costs, WCB Apps)

monitoring:

  • Explore opportunities to raise awareness among Alberta employers regarding WCB issues, account/case management and cost containment strategies
  • WCB Strategic Business plan & Strategy Map outcomes
  • Economic Loss Payments – impact and effectiveness of the TOJ program
  • Premium Levies - Occupational Health & Safety funding and budget; changes to other levies
  • Recruitment of new members

To be a STRATEGIC PARTNER of the Workers’ Compensation Board, Appeals Commission and Government through consultation on matters impacting Alberta employers

  • Engagement with government (Labour & Immigration, Treasury Board & Finance, Red Tape Reduction)

  • Review quality of service impacts, costs and implications of legislative, policy and operational changes, as well as consistency and appropriateness of claim decisions

  • Invitation of guests to ITF Association meetings (Minister responsible for the WCB, Chair of the WCB Board of Directors and WCB Board members, Chief Appeals Commissioner and WCB Medical Director)

monitoring:

  • Effectiveness of the Policy Consultation Advisory Group
  • Appeals Commission statistics, procedures and processes; Appeal Advisor & Medical Panels functions, level of employer awareness and opportunities for greater employer involvement

To provide a FORUM for the presentation/discussion of member concerns and views on issues related to the Alberta workers’ compensation system

  • Psychological Injuries – collaborate with WCB to identify issues and revise policy, procedures, processes and practices where warranted

  • Physiotherapy Services - collaborate with WCB to identify issues, participate in contract renewal discussions, and collaborate on revised procedures and processes

  • WCB Data integrity – reliability and usefulness of stats for WCB and OH&S reporting

monitoring:

  • Physician Engagement & Accountability – medical reporting quality & timelines, education re: RTW process
  • Occupational diseases - expansion of criteria and/or presumption
  • OHS/WCB Data sharing - participate in risk identification and consultation if revisited
  • Opportunities for engagement with the WCB Labor Coalition
  • Cost Relief - fair & consistent application, COVID cost relief

To be an INFORMATION RESOURCE for the members of the ITF Association on policies, programs, and issues relating to the Alberta workers’ compensation system

  • Facilitate sharing of expertise among ITF Association members
  • Facilitation of educational opportunities and sharing of resources