A new report has come out comparing Alberta’s regulatory scheme to that of other provinces from the perspective of operating a business. Despite this government-commissioned
puff-piece study being (gasp!) generally
positive about Alberta, the report has a few interesting things to say:
- The information provided by the Employment Standards office in Alberta is assessed as inconsistent, with the answers to specific questions sometimes varying depending on the individual. ”
- Alberta’s investigation officers are assessed as “not sophisticated.”
Health and Safety:
- Alberta is assessed as being “ineffective at policing,” with low rates of prosecution and convictions relative to other provinces.
Labour relations: “
- The Alberta Labour Relations Board is assessed as “not funded proportionate to its importance,” reducing its ability to meet timelines.
- “Among the four provinces, Alberta is assessed as being most employer-friendly, while Saskatchewan is assessed as being the most union-friendly among the four provinces.”
It is mildly surprising that even an employer-focused study funded by the government to show how good Alberta is highlights that Alberta's OHS system is ineffective at preventing injury.
-- Bob Barnetson