Proposed Revision of the Workers Compensation Act
The B.C. Government is proposing to modernize the language of the Workers Compensation Act so it is easier to read and understand, and to reorganize the Act so specific laws are easier to find.
The proposed revisions were updated September 2018 in the following sections:
- Section 58 (2) (c) updates the spelling from the current “reevaluations” to “re-evaluations”
- Section 249 (1) (a) returns the language of this section to “has been awarded” for certainty in continuing current interpretation
- Revision Schedule 2 [Consequential amendments to Other Acts] adds amendments to the Workers Compensation Act made in the Spring 2018 legislative session by section 48 of Bill 22 (now the Civil Resolution Tribunal Amendment Act, 2018, SBC c. 17)
Over the years, the Workers Compensation Act has been amended many times, with new provisions added and some existing provisions repealed and replaced.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, making it difficult for readers to locate and understand the information they need. As well, many of the existing provisions are old ones that are not written in the modern standards for legislative drafting.
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 Legislative Counsel identified the Workers Compensation Act as an Act that was in need of revision.
This rewriting of the Workers Compensation Act will make no changes to British Columbia’s laws concerning workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and employers’ assessment premiums, but rather will simply make the existing laws more accessible.
The proposed revised Act requires the approval of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills. If approved, the ministry’s plan is to bring the revised Act into force on March 1, 2019. Until that date, the existing version of the Workers Compensation Act remains in effect.