The British Columbia government is committed to shifting the existing workers’ compensation system to better support injured workers and to increase the confidence of workers and employers in the system.

An independent review is underway to advise government on how to shift the workers’ compensation system to become more worker-centered. The review is being led by retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson, who was appointed in April 2019.

The review will assess:

  • the system’s policies and practices that support injured workers’ return to work;
  • WorkSafeBC’s current policies and practices through a gender- and diversity-based analysis (commonly referred to as GBA +);
  • modernization of WorkSafeBC’s culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model;
  • the case management of injured workers; and
  • any potential amendments to the Workers Compensation Act arising from this focused review.

Read the Terms of Reference for this review.

The report, Balance. Stability. Improvement. Options for the Accident Fund prepared by Mr. Terrance J. Bogyo can be accessed here.

The report, Restoring the Balance: A Worker-Centred Approach to Workers’ Compensation Policy by Mr. Paul Petrie can be accessed here.

British Columbians are invited to share their views on what an improved workers’ compensation system should look like. The independent reviewer would like to hear from people from all over B.C., including injured workers and their families, employers, medical practitioners, Indigenous people and First Nations, unions, employer associations, representatives of workers and employers, the legal community and members of the public.

Citizens can provide feedback by registering to attend one of the in-person hearings in locations around the province. There will also be additional ways to provide feedback including a questionnaire posted to this site in late May 2019.

All feedback received throughout this engagement will be reviewed and will inform Ms. Patterson’s report to government which is due by September 30, 2019.