The Alberta Court had restored a workers' compensation
Appeals Commission decision that had assessed and denied the
compensation claim of a Parks Canada warden by reference to the
entitlement criteria set out in an Alberta WCB policy. The Court of
Appeal held that the warden's claim for
psychological/psychiatric injury was properly dealt with on the
basis of the Alberta policy.
The Supreme Court agreed, holding that provincial law and policy
determined the entitlement to and rate of compensation for an
employee governed by the federal Government Employees
Compensation Act, except where they were in conflict with the
GECA. This created a system that was efficient and
consistent system and ensured that federal and other workers within
a province were generally compensated at the same rates and under
the same conditions. The Commission's decision to reject the
warden's claim was reasonable and was upheld.
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