Proposed Revision of the Workers Compensation Act
The B.C. Government is proposing to reorganize the Workers Compensation Act so specific laws are easier to find and to modernize the language of the Act so it is easier to read and understand.
The proposed revision was updated July 2019 to include amendments to the Act enacted since 2018.
Over the years, the Workers Compensation Act has been amended many times. New provisions have been added and some existing provisions have been repealed and replaced. These changes have affected the organization of the Act, such that an Act that had a logical organization when it became a law has lost its structure. As well, many of the existing provisions were first written almost 100 years ago and do not meet modern standards for legislative drafting. This has made it difficult for readers to locate and understand the information they need.
The Statute Revision Act establishes a mandate for the Chief Legislative Counsel of BC to consolidate, renumber and reorganize British Columbia’s Acts into more coherent and readable “revised” Acts. The Office of Legislative Counsel identified the Workers Compensation Act as an Act that was in need of revision.
This rewriting of the Workers Compensation Act makes no changes to British Columbia’s laws concerning workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and employers’ assessment premiums. It simply makes the existing laws more accessible.
On July 25, 2019, the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills approved the proposed revised Act. It is now awaiting the Lieutenant Governor’s signature, and then an Order-in-Council to bring the revised Act into force on a future date to be determined. Once it is determined, the Ministry of Labour will provide notice on this webpage of the coming into force date. Until that date, the existing version of the Workers Compensation Act remains in effect.