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The foundation of all Canadian workplace compensation systems is the Meredith Principles: 

• No fault compensation, which means workers are paid benefits regardless of
how the injury occurred.

• Collective liability, so that the total cost of the compensation system is shared
by all employers. 

• Security of payment, with a fund established to guarantee that compensation will be
available for injured workers when they need it. 

• Exclusive jurisdiction, which means only workers’ compensation organizations provide
workers’ compensation insurance. 

• Independent Board, that is autonomous and financially independent of government or any special interest group.

Under the authority of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act (the Act), WorkplaceNL administers a mandatory, employer-funded, no fault work-injury insurance system. More specifically, WorkplaceNL promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and fair benefits to injured workers and their dependents based on reasonable assessment rates. Each year, WorkplaceNL serves approximately 19,000 employers and 13,000 injured workers across Newfoundland and Labrador. Offices are located in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook.


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