May 2015                                     FRANÇAIS       ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ       INUINNAQTUN

June 1st - It's the Law


On June 1st, 2015 the new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations become law in the Northwest Territories. 


In Nunavut, the proposed regulations will become law later in 2015. It is important to review the Regulations to see how they affect your business. The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission is holding group information sessions to help familiarize workers and employers with the new Regulations.


Please see our website for presentation dates, locations, and registration details.

Celebrate Mining Week 

June 8-14 


The 58th Annual Mine Rescue Competition and Miner's Picnic takes place on Saturday, June 13th, at the Yellowknife Community Arena parking lot. The event features Mine Rescue teams from across the three Territories and this year, a team from British Columbia, competing for top surface and underground trophies. The festivities are free and open to the public. They run from 8:00am to 3:00pm, with the Miner's picnic BBQ lunch beginning at noon. Bring the whole family out on Saturday to see great examples of team work, and celebrate the importance of Mine Rescue operations.


The fire and rope rescue component of the competition takes place on Friday, June 12th. This portion of the event is be held out on the Ingram Trail. 

NAOSH Thank You


North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week took place May 3-9, 2015. In support of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and our strategic priority of Advancing the Safety Culture, the WSCC celebrated with events across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Inuvik invited guests to attend a Safety Forum held on Monday, May 4th, with speakers from Inuvik Oil and Gas, City of Inuvik, and Inuvik Regional Hospital. Guests all enjoyed a delicious breakfast while learning and sharing important safety information.


Our Iqaluit office held their Safety Survivor Game show on Tuesday, May 5th. They had a great turn out, with Qulliq Energy Corporation coming away with the win!


Yellowknife hosted the annual WSCC Safety Street competition on Friday, May 8. Ten teams tested their safety knowledge and skills to win big. The team that walked away 

victorious was the GNWT - HR Safety Slammers.


Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our NAOSH Week events across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Employers, remember there is still time to enter the CSSE's Employer Recognition Challenge, please visit our website for more information.

Skilled Winners


Skills Canada Northwest Territories and Skills Canada Nunavut held their annual Territorial Skills Competitions (TSC) last month. The competitions promote careers in skills trades and technology for Northern youth.


The WSCC proudly attends each year to help administer the Workplace Safety Skills Competition.


The Northwest Territories held their 17th Annual Skills Competition on April 21st in Yellowknife, and the community of Aklavik has reason to celebrate, being home to all of the winners from the Workplace Safety Skills Competition. 


The winners were:

Nathan Wilson (middle)

Ethan Hartley (left)

Dwight Stefansson (right)

Nunavut held their 10th Annual Skills Competition on April 29th in Iqaluit. The winners from the Workplace Safety Skills Competition were:


Precious Maningas

Leroy Pialaq

Dino Akearok 


(Photo: Precious Maningas)

Reminder - Morel Mushroom Harvesters 


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.


Applying for WSCC coverage is easy. Fill out and submit the Personal Optional Coverage form. Our Employer Services team is available to walk you through the process, and explain the benefits and cost. Coverage starts when we receive your completed form and full payment. The minimum amount of time you can buy this coverage for is one month.


For more information please visit our website.

Home Owners Brochure


As spring arrives, we all get that itch to do home renovations and outdoor projects. Before you hire someone to assist you, contact the WSCC to find out if the Workers' Compensation Acts and Safety Acts consider you to be an employer.As the homeowner or property owner, you have ultimate authority and control over the activities that take place on your property, unless you have a written agreement that clearly assigns that responsibility to someone else. If you want to know more about your duties as a homeowners when hiring someone to work in and around your home, download the Homeowner's Responsibilities brochure here, or call the WSCC at 1-800-661-0792. 

Young Workers

Summer is Coming and So are Young Workers 


A recent study published by the Canadian Safety Report identified a key component to young worker safety - the supervisor.

The study also identifies the critical role parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and co-workers all play in supporting young workers, and teaching them the importance of healthy work habits and attitudes. But when it comes to workplace safety, supervisors ranked as the most important social influence on young workers.


Supervisors, remember, not only is it good practice for you to ensure the safety of everyone at your worksite, it is the law.

Let's keep our young workers safe by providing:

  • Safety Orientations; 
  • Awareness about Workplace Hazards;
  • Safe Work Procedures & Practices;
  • Knowledge of Worker Rights & Responsibilities;
  • Mentorship; and
  • Empowerment.

To learn more about employer's responsibilities, click here.


To learn more about the Canadian Safety Report's study, visit here.

Course Tips

Upcoming Safety Courses


Our partners Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL) and Northern Safety Association (NSA), offer courses about workplace safety and awareness. Stay informed!  


Northern Safety Association -  Contact the NSA for more information


Auditor Training Program
May 28-29


Northern Territories Federation of Labour -   Find out more information on courses here!

Supervisor Safety Training
June 3-4
Step One: Understanding Workers' Compensation
June 15
Step Two: Introducing Return-to-work
June 16
Step Three: Developing Return-to-work Program
June 23-25



Interested in any of these topics, or looking for more information? Check out our website, or email us! We'd love to hear from you!   /  1.800.661.0792   *  /  1.877.404.4407