Revision of the Workers Compensation Act
On April 6, 2020, a revised Workers Compensation Act comes into force. The B.C. Government has reorganized the Act so specific laws are easier to find and modernized the language so the Act is easier to read and understand.
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.
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 New provisions have been added and some existing provisions have been repealed and replaced.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 over 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.
Until April 6, 2020, the existing version of the Workers Compensation Act remains in effect.