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Proposed policy amendments regarding vocational rehabilitation and proposed options regarding cost relief

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 April 2018 and contains a number of recommendations. Recommendations #5 through #15 propose amendments to WorkSafeBC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) policies, and recommendations #16 and #19 propose amendments to cost relief policy in relation to VR and return to work.

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper to stakeholders for comment with options on:

  • proposed policy regarding vocational rehabilitation; and
  • proposed next steps regarding cost relief.

Proposed deletions of policy wording related to vocational rehabilitation are identified with a strikethrough and additions are identified in bold.

Discussion paper

There are a number of ways for stakeholders to provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments:


(a) Comment link:

This consultation is now closed.

(b) Email:
(c) Mail: Negar Jalali
Senior Policy & Legal Advisor
Policy, Regulation and Research Division
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver BC V6B 5L5
(d) Fax: 604.279.7599;
or toll-free in B.C. 1.877.279.7599

The consultation period will end on Friday, September 13, 2019. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on policy amendments.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Division’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.