Claim review and appeal for workers and dependants
When you apply for workers' compensation benefits, a WorkSafeBC officer decides whether to allow the claim and what
benefits you will receive. All decisions are based on the evidence, the
Compensation Act, and WorkSafeBC
If you disagree with the WorkSafeBC decision and have not been provided
with a decision letter, you should request a decision letter explaining
the reasons for the decision. If you still disagree, you can have the
decision reviewed. If you disagree with the review decision you can appeal
it in most instances.
Review and Appeal Guide for Workers and Dependants (PDF 71kb)
provides detailed information on how to request a review and file
are also available to assist and advise you on your claim.
New requests for review and/or appeal
- The Review Division
is the first level of review for most worker and employer issues.
- On request, the Review Division provides impartial review of decisions
made under the Workers Compensation Act.
- Only those directly affected by a claim decision — that is,
a worker, a deceased worker's dependant, or an employer — can
request a review.
- If you wish to have your decision reviewed by the Review Division,
you must make a request within 90 days of the date of the
decision. To make a request, submit a Request
for Review (PDF 91kb) form.
- The Review Division will generally make a decision within 150
- The Workers' Compensation
Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) serves as the final level of appeal
for the WorkSafeBC claims matters that it is authorized to hear and
- Only the parties affected by a Review Division claims decision — that is, a worker, a deceased worker's dependant, or an employer — can be appealed to WCAT.
- If you have a decision from the Review Division and you wish to
appeal to WCAT, you have 30 days from the date of the Review
- WCAT will generally provide its decision within 180 days.
Previous appeal bodies
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