Policy & Regulation Decisions
WorkSafeBC’s governing body makes policy and regulation decisions that affect the workers and employers of British Columbia. For example, the decisions can affect the assessment rates an employer pays, or the level of benefits a worker receives.
WorkSafeBC’s current governing body is a Board of Directors (“BOD”). The policies of the BOD are contained in the policy manuals and other documents set out in the Board of Directors’ Bylaw Re: Policies of the Board of Directors.
From 1917, WorkSafeBC’s first governing body was a Board of Commissioners appointed to administer the Act. Decisions No. 1 – 423 in volumes 1 – 6 of the Workers Compensation Reporter constituted WorkSafeBC policy from 1991. These were made up, for the most part, of decisions made by the former commissioners on various matters decided between 1973 and 1991.
From 1991 to 1995, WorkSafeBC’s governing body was a Board of Governors. It was the Board of Governors' 1991 bylaw on Published Policy of the Governors that first consolidated the list of which governing body decisions would constitute policy.
From 1995 until January 1, 2003, WorkSafeBC’s governing body was a Panel of Administrators (“POA”). Like the BOD, the POA made policy decisions that affected the workers and employers of British Columbia.
In 2003, the Act was amended to make policy set by the Board of Directors binding all aspects of the workers’ compensation system.
Copies of each of WorkSafeBC’s governing body’s policy and regulation decisions are available to the public and other interested stakeholders. Following each month, a summary of the decisions is posted, along with a copy of the formal Resolution of the governing body.
WorkSafeBC is committed to open communications with its stakeholders. If you have any questions about the decisions made by the Board of Directors, contact the Policy, Regulation and Research Division.
You can review the policy and regulation decisions by selecting the governing body of interest to the left. Policy and regulation decisions can also be searched using the search tool below.