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Proposed policy amendments regarding permanent psychological disability benefits

Where an injury, mental disorder, or occupational disease results in a permanent psychological impairment, WorkSafeBC may provide a worker with permanent disability benefits. Our policy provides guidance on the procedures to determine a worker’s permanent psychological disability benefits.

At issue is whether WorkSafeBC should amend our policy to remove procedures specific to the determination of permanent psychological disability benefits, including referral of claims to the Psychological Disability Committee.

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper, with options on proposed amendments to policy relating to permanent psychological disability benefits, for public consultation.

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:

Discussion paper

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


(a) Comment link: This consultation is now closed.

(b) Email:
(c) Mail: Erika Heinrich
Policy Analyst
Policy, Regulation and Research Department
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L5

The consultation period ended Friday, March 11, 2022. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on further 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.