Policy and legislation

Have a look through WCB's policy manual, learn more about how we develop and consult on policies and find links to applicable and relevant legislation.

Policies and Information Manual

Access the official policy manual of the Workers' Compensation Board – Alberta. This manual is updated as amendments and new policies are approved by our Board of Directors and is the final authority for all purposes of interpreting and applying policies.

What's new in policy?

June 27, 2017

  • Policy 04-06 – Prescribed Opioid Analgesics (Narcotics)
    The Board of Directors has approved changes to Policy 04-06, Part II, Application 4, to reflect the new Standard of Practice on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion.

Policies and Information Manual last updated June 27, 2017. Find the complete update here.

June 6, 2017

  • Policy 04-02 and Policy 05-02 – Concurrent Conditions
    The Board of Directors has approved changes to these two policies, expanding and clarifying the circumstances in which cost relief may be considered when a worker’s period of disability is prolonged because of a concurrent condition.

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Policy development & consultation

Section 6 of the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) gives the Board of Directors the mandate to determine policy. The WCA, Regulation and policy provide the decision-making framework on entitlements and benefits for injured workers and on the responsibilities of employers.


Learn more about the key legislation impacting WCB policy and procedures.

Board orders

Orders of the Board of Directors are required as stated in legislation for various circumstances, including cost of living adjustments (COLA), maximum insurable earnings (MIE), payments of interest and travel allowances.