Proposed merits and justice policy amendments

In January 2018, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors commissioned an external compensation policy review. The resulting report, entitled Restoring the Balance: A Worker-Centred Approach to Workers’ Compensation Policy, was published in April 2018 and contains a number of recommendations. Recommendation #1 is for WorkSafeBC to consider amending policy item #2.20, Application to the Act and Policies, in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II, to explicitly incorporate the requirement “the Board must make its decision based on the merits and justice of the case,” as required by section 99(2) of the Workers Compensation Act.

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper with options on proposed amendments to policy item #2.20 to stakeholders for comment.

The discussion paper, draft policy, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link: 

Proposed merits and justice policy amendments

The consultation period for this item will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the proposed policy. 

Please note that COCA will be submitting comments on behalf of members. If you are making a submission on behalf of your own organization or company or would like to provide input to COCA’s response, please email to