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?

March 3, 2017

  • Policy 01-04, Part II, Application 2 – Investment Beliefs
    A typo was corrected in the “Previous versions” list at the bottom of the application.
  • Policy 04-02, Part II, Addendum A - Allowance Rates
    Effective March 1, 2017, a number of changes have been made to the Allowance Rates.

Policies and Information Manual last updated March 3, 2017. Find the complete update here.

2017 Policy Development Plan is now available.

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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.