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Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).
The goal of the changes is to improve workplace health and safety and strengthen the tools that WorkSafeBC uses to enforce the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
OHS Citations are another tool WorkSafeBC officers can use to obtain compliance with orders and requirements relating to compliance reports in circumstances that are not high risk. OHS Citations were in force August 4, 2015 and are being implemented beginning February 1, 2016. To learn more, see our primer in the Resources section below.
The Workers Compensation Amendment Act (No. 2), 2015 (Bill 35), which builds on the legislative changes made under Bill 9 (see below), introduced a number of changes that took effect January 1, 2016. Learn more about the Bill 35 changes.
On August 4, 2015, several provisions of Bill 9, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, were brought into force by Order-in-Council:
Learn more about these changes here.
Changes to the Act that were effective May 14, 2015 include:
The following documents are provided as high level summaries that provide an introduction and overview of the changes to the Workers Compensation Act:
Please review the questions and answers on changes to the Workers Compensation Act.
WorkSafeBC will continue posting additional information, including occupational health and safety policies, guidelines, and other materials here.