Discussion Paper - Bill 37, Survivor Benefit Provisions in the Workers Compensation
The Skills Development and Labour Statutes Amendment Act, 2003 ("Bill 37") changed how compensation for the surviving dependants of a deceased worker was calculated. Most of these changes were retroactive to June 30, 2002.
Bill 37 also amended the provision in the Workers Compensation Act dealing with mental stress and introduced a new provision relating to non-lawyers who act as advocates within the workers' compensation system.
In order to implement these changes, the Workers' Compensation Board ("WCB") had to bring its policies into line with the new legislative provisions. As a result, the WCB's Policy and Regulation Development Bureau developed a policy framework to guide the development of policy in response to Bill 37. Stakeholders were invited to provide comments on the framework.
Consultation closed October 31, 2003.