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Proposed policy amendments regarding chronic pain

WorkSafeBC policy states a worker’s chronic pain may be compensable when the pain results as a consequence of a work-related injury or disease. Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to policy to reflect medical literature and improve consistency in the adjudication, management, and treatment of chronic pain.

Proposed deletions of policy wording are identified with a strikethrough and additions are highlighted in bold.

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

You can provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments in one of three ways:

(a) Comment link:

This consultation is now closed.

(b) Email:
(c) Mail: Mark Levesque
Senior Policy Advisor
Policy, Regulation and Research Department
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L5

The consultation period ended on Friday, October 27, 2023. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the policy changes.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Department’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.