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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.

You’re invited to provide feedback on the discussion paper, with options on proposed policy amendments regarding chronic pain, until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023.

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:

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

The consultation period will end at 4:30 p.m. 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.