Update on WCB January 5, 2017
The Association of Alberta Dental Assistants (AADA), our provincial professional organization that represents the interests of RDAs, has been working towards obtaining Worker Compensation Benefits (WCB) coverage for all RDAs and dental staff. AADA took over this initiative from the Edmonton Dental Assistants Association (EDAA) in 2014. Prior to that time, the EDAA had worked very hard to connect with and obtain written support from local, provincial and national professional organizations and collect written evidence to support our request for coverage. This information was sent to the Minister of Labour and WCB CEO in 2008. (You can see this information on our website at www.edaa.ab.ca under the Initiatives folder). With changes in government occurring every 4 years and changes of which individuals serve in Ministerial positions, it has been a huge challenge to make any headway. Most recently, the AADA sent a 160 page submission to the WCB Review Panel with a new request for coverage for all dental staff. That submission was forwarded to the Minister of Labour and we are currently waiting for an opportunity to speak with the Minister about this issue.
To keep you informed of the work of the WCB review panel, there is a link at the end of this post that you can click on to learn more about the work of this panel, their findings and their reports. Please take the time to keep informed. If you have any questions about the Association of Alberta Dental Assistants submission or work on your behalf, please contact the AADA Corporate office at 780-987-2022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New information has been added to the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Review website – Chair Blog, December 2016. Please follow the link https://www.alberta.ca/wcb-review-panel.aspx to review this information. Thank you for your interest in the review.