Proposed amendments to policy on average earnings in Chapter 9 of the RS&CM

Chapter 9, Average Earnings, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II (RS&CM), sets out WorkSafeBC’s policies regarding average earnings. WorkSafeBC must determine the amount of a worker’s average earnings at the time of the injury, as well as the worker’s average net earnings after making deductions from gross earnings. These determinations are important because they are the basis for calculating a worker’s compensation benefits.

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to policy to improve readability and address key issues raised by stakeholders and WorkSafeBC subject matter experts. You’re invited to provide feedback until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024.

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

The discussion paper, proposed policy amendments, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link:

You can provide feedback on the proposed policy amendments in one of three ways:

(a) Comment link:

Through the Comment link below, you can provide immediate feedback by completing an online submission form.

Please note: Once you click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form you cannot access it again to make additional comments. Therefore, if you’d like to make detailed comments in the feedback section, you may want to draft your comments first and then cut and paste them into the submission form. You can also include up to three attachments with your submission.


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

The consultation period will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the proposed amendments.

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.