Judy Kainz: A new role with the WSCC

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Kainz in her new role at the WSCC as Director, Prevention Services.

Judy has over 30 years of experience working in occupational health and safety roles for a number of companies, including multinational manufacturing companies such as Kellogg’s and Parmalat, and Northern companies such as Qulliq Energy Corporation.

Judy joined the WSCC as the Chief Safety Officer in 2008. For the last eight years, she has worked with stakeholders to advance the Northern safety culture.


Media Release: Rowe’s Construction plead guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories General Safety Regulations

Rowe’s Construction plead guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories General Safety Regulations

Yellowknife, NT (April 14, 2015) – On April 1, representatives of 851791 N.W.T. LTD., operating as Rowe’s Construction, appeared in the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and plead guilty to Section 9 of the General Safety Regulations.  As an employer, Rowe’s failed to ensure the adequate instruction of each worker in the safe performance of their duties.


Media Release: New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Coming this Year

New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Coming this Year

Yellowknife, NT (April 16, 2015) – The Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is excited to announce that the New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations will become law in the Northwest Territories on June 1, 2015. They will become law in Nunavut later in 2015, following changes to their Safety Act.


Are you planning to harvest morel mushrooms in the Northwest Territories?

Are you working for an employer or on your own?

Most workers automatically receive Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) coverage through their employers. If they get hurt at work, or become sick because of work, we provide benefits for them.

If you are harvesting morel mushrooms in the Northwest Territories and you work for yourself, you are not covered by the WSCC. If you want to receive the same benefits and protections as other workers, you can buy Personal Optional Coverage from the WSCC.

Benefits may include:


Media Release: WSCC Releases New Website

Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) announces the release of a new and improved website.

Extensive engagement with Northerners identified five key areas of improvement, critical for the WSCC to provide stakeholders with a better website. Using their feedback, the new website now delivers on making information easier to find, providing a more powerful search function, making safety resources easier to locate, providing more visual elements to explain important information and processes, and offering improved compatibility for mobile devices.


Media Release: WSCC Announces Changes to WHMIS Requirements

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has changed. The new nationally recognized standard incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Effective February 11, the new system, dubbed WHMIS 2015, now includes harmonized criteria for hazard classification and requirements for hazard communications through labels and safety data sheets. WHMIS 2015 is based on new requirements contained within the Hazardous Products Regulations and Hazardous Products Act.


Pink Shirt Day 2015

Bullying happens everywhere.

Bullying in the Workplace.

Workplace bullying is a common occurrence in offices and worksites throughout Canada. Often considered rare, bullying among adults is sometimes ignored. Yet the numbers show bullying in the workplace is a problem.


WHMIS 2015 is here

On February 11, 2015, WHMIS 2015 came into effect, incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). See the new, nationally coordinated information portal at WHMIS.org for resources and information. 

Further updates to the information on this page are coming.