The Workers Compensation Act (the “Act”) permits the Workers Compensation Board (the “WCB”) to collect information from workers and their dependants, employers, healthcare practitioners and others in order to fulfil its mandate under the Act. In certain defined circumstances, the Act provides disclosure of information held by the WCB. The Act also imposes a duty of confidentiality with respect to WCB information. Should the information be used for a purpose other than that for which it was intended, a fine may be imposed.
The WCB is also subject to the provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) and The Personal Health Information Act (“PHIA”). FIPPA and PHIA provide rules regarding the collection, use, disclosure, retention and destruction of information.
This policy clarifies what information will be shared, with whom, and in what circumstances.