Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

January 2020 CCSA Year in Review

January 2020 CCSA Year in Review

2019 was another extremely busy year for the CCSA as we worked diligently to deliver on our member’s mandate:

  • Industry-specific health and safety training
  • Partner in Injury Reduction/ Certificate of Recognition Program Administration
  • Industry-specific health and safety consultation
  • Industry-specific health and safety information

Here are a few of the 2019 highlights:

Industry-specific health and safety training

Total number of participants trained

Total Participants

% Increase over 2018



Total number of training sessions delivered

Total Sessions

% Increase over 2018



Total number of health and safety committee and/or health and safety representative participants trained compared to the total number of 2019 participants

Total HSC/HSR Participants

% of Participants



NOTE: CCSA achieved approval from Alberta Labour and Immigration as an approved training agency for Health and Safety Committee and/or Health and Safety Representatives in February 2019 and began delivering the Alberta Labour and Immigration approved course in March 2019

Partner in Injury Reduction/ Certificate of Recognition Program Administration

  • Launched the 2019 CCSA Audit Tool, on average the new audit tool requires six fewer days for audit report writing
  • Trained approximately 45 auditor candidates
  • Reviewed approximately 80 – 2019 audits (including corrections & qualifying auditors)
  • Revised CCSA COR administration internal processes
  • Updated COR communication processes
  • Added capacity for OHSMS Basics for Auditors and Auditor Training course delivery
  • Added capacity for Audit Quality Assurance Reviews

Industry-specific Health and Safety Consultation

  • Partnered with a CCSA member organization to pilot a new Train-the-Trainer format for Hazard Assessment and Control, Work Site Inspections and Incident Investigation
  • Partnered with a CCSA member organization to pilot a new Train-the-Trainer format for MIP Combined Manual Materials Handling and Safe Resident Handling and MIP Manual Materials Handling
  • Partnered with a CCSA member organization to revise the Safety Leadership Program format
  • Resurrected the Industry Advisory Council, consisting of nine representatives from CCSA member organizations
  • Partnered with a CCSA member organization to pilot a new health and safety orientation as well as hazard assessment review and safe work practice revision
  • Initiated an industry steering committee for the Health and Safety Toolkit project
  • Conducted a Member Engagement Survey

Industry-specific Health and Safety Information

  • Hosted a successful 2019 Annual General Meeting which included a variety of presentations
  • Selected as the Elected Certifying Partner Representative on the OHS Strategic Steering Committee
  • Revamped the CCSA monthly newsletter to better present and share information
  • Began redevelopment of CCSA’s website

WCB Update - January 2020

January 2020 WCB Update

In this issue:

  • WCB-Alberta Annual Return Deadline



The deadline to file your WCB-Alberta annual return is Feb. 29, 2020 

Are you an employer with workers? If so, you’re required to fill out an annual return reporting your workers’ assessable earnings paid in the last year along with what earnings you expect to pay in the upcoming year. This is important information to ensure you’re paying the correct premium amount. 

Filing your return online is quick and easy. Built-in calculations, error checking, and simple navigation makes the process easier than ever. All you need is your PIN letter containing your account number and password which will be mailed out starting at the end of December.  

The deadline to file your annual return is February 29, 2020. If you are enrolled in the Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) program, it is important you submit your return on time as late filing may prevent you from receiving your 2019 PIR refund. 

Need help filling out your return? Check out the online demo located in the Insurance and premiums>Annual returns section of the WCB website at wcb.ab.ca. 

Alberta Labour and Immigration Update - January 2020

January 2020 Alberta Labour and Immigration Update

In this issue:

  • Streamlined rules for workplace committees

  • Workplace Injuries on Ice, Sleet and Snow Infographic

 Streamlined Rules for Workplace Committees

As previously released, on December 13, 2019 Alberta Labour and Immigration announced requirements and training were streamlined for workplace health and safety committees and worker representatives.

Click Here for a link to the news release

Quick facts:

  • Employers with 20 or more workers are required to have a committee.
  • Employers with five to 19 workers are required to have a worker health and safety representative.
  • Work sites with multiple employers where work lasts 90 days or more are required to have a site-specific committee or representative, depending on the number of workers.
  • Employers have until Jan. 31, 2020 to comply with the changes.
  • New training requirements take effect immediately.
    • Part 1 (Pt 1) training is no longer mandatory.
  • Where a collective agreement exists, those parties will not be subject to the new rules until the agreement expires.
  • Government may designate additional committees or representatives where needed.

The following resources have been released to assist employers understand the changes:

  • Health and safety committees and representatives - Click Here
  • Mandatory health and safety committee and representative training - Click Here

Workplace injuries on Ice, Sleet and Snow Infographic

Industry update - January 2020

January 2020 Industry Updates

In this issue:

  • New research report on workplace violence and harassment released

  • Wellness Initiative at Newport Harbour Care Centre

  • ACCA names Wayne Morishita as Executive Director and elects 2020 Board of Directors

Preventing Violence and Harassment in Canadian Workplaces Research Report

The Public Service Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) is excited to announce that the national workplace violence and harassment research they conducted on behalf of the CSA Group is now available online.  Below is the link to the research report in case you are interested in reviewing it – the education sector was one of the four focus areas.  PSHSA extends a thank you to those who contributed. 

You can find the research report here: https://www.csagroup.org/article/preventing-violence-and-harassment-in-canadian-workplaces/

Wellness Initiative at Newport Harbour Care Centre

This past holiday season the team at Newport Harbour Care Centre prompted its team to think about what they can do for their OWN health via its “Take Care to Give Care” campaign. Teams participated in good discussions during their Team Huddles and the initiative received over 90 entries for a Wellness Basket draw. Staff were very excited and had wonderful ideas for what they have done or are planning to do for their own health and wellness.

The majority of goals included:

  • Try and eat healthier (more vegetables),
  • Drink water and
  • Exercise.

Other goals focused on:

  • Enjoying little things in life like having a positive attitude,
  • Praying,
  • Being kind,
  • Meditate,
  • Be happy,
  • Get enough rest/sleep,
  • Smile and looking pretty,
  • Taking vacations,
  • Stop smoking,
  • Laugh out loud and many more!

Here are a couple of pictures of the team at Newport Harbour Care Centre and the Wellness Tree wagon:


ACCA Names Wayne Morishita as Executive Director and elects 2020 Board of Directors

The following is a copy of the new release issued by the ACCA on November 26, 2019:

The Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) welcomes Wayne Morishita as its new Executive Director, following an extensive national search conducted by its Board of Directors. Mr. Morishita is a senior executive with over 25 years of corporate, marketing agency, and non-profit experience with an impressive record of leading teams in diverse industries, as well as provincial and national associations. He has also served as a director on several boards and committees and brings a personal passion for continuing care influenced by personal, family-related experiences.

“Wayne’s breadth of experience in building high-performing teams, as well as his extensive operations, branding and advocacy knowledge, is a tremendous asset to the ACCA and our members,” said ACCA Board Chair Jennifer McCue. “With Alberta’s aging population, ACCA’s priority is to collaborate with the provincial government, partners and all stakeholders to identify solutions to address the increasingly complex challenges facing continuing care providers.”

“I am excited to lead the ACCA and work closely with our members to raise awareness about key issues facing the continuing care industry. In today’s environment, we must be creative in finding solutions to issues such as the aging infrastructure of many care centres throughout the province, the growing needs for an increase in the number of supportive living and long-term care spaces, and how we can help seniors remain in their homes and communities through the support of homecare providers,” said Wayne Morishita, Executive Director, ACCA.

The ACCA also announced its 2020 Board of Directors, following its Annual General Meeting on November 21, 2019:

  • Jennifer McCue, Board Chair, Bethany Care Society
  • Al Jina, Park Place Seniors Living
  • Shawn Terlson, Shepherd’s Care Foundation
  • Julius van Wyk, The Good Samaritan Society
  • Daren Farnel, Bayshore Home Care
  • Michael Harris, Extendicare
  • Derrick Bernardo, CovenantCare
  • Karim Kassam, Optima Living Communities
  • Salimah Walji-Shivji, AgeCare

“As we look forward to the future, we will continue to work closely with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health to champion the highest quality of living and wellness for the growing number of Albertans requiring continuing care,” said McCue.