“Alberta’s job creators have seen their costs rise exponentially since the NDP took office and the WCB review panel’s recommendations will make it even harder to own and operate a business in our province,” said PC Labour Critic Prab Gill. “What’s more, the panel recommends withholding more than $250 million in surplus premiums which are customarily returned to the employers who paid them in good faith. I am calling on the Minister of Labour to do the right thing and direct the WCB to immediately return this money to Alberta employers.”
WCB operations are funded entirely by premiums paid 100 per cent by employers. The review panel recommends a significant departure from the way the system has operated in the past, which will result in higher premiums and additional costs for Alberta businesses that are already burdened by increased corporate income taxes, the carbon tax, massive minimum wage increases and costly changes to the Labour Relations Code.
“The NDP assumes that Alberta-based businesses are flush with cash and can afford the mountain of extra costs that have been imposed on them,” said Gill. “The reality is that many entrepreneurs and business owners are struggling just to make payroll and keep the lights on. Employers in Alberta simply cannot afford the extra costs recommended by the WCB review panel.”