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Workers Compensation Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 492

[Note: the dollar amounts shown in sections 3, 17, 18, 22, 29, 33 (5), 35, 73, 75, 77, 196 and 217 may not reflect the current consumer price index adjustments referred to in section 25.2, and the maximum wage rate shown in section 33 (10) may not be current. Current information may be found on the Workers' Compensation Board website at or may be obtained by calling your WorkSafeBC regional office.]

Part 1 — Compensation to Workers and Dependants
 Division 1 — Scope of this Part
 3Extending application
 4Fishing industry
 Division 2 — Compensation
 5Compensation for personal injury
 5.1Mental disorder
 6Occupational disease
 6.1Firefighters' occupational disease or personal injury presumption
 6.2Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act
 7Loss of hearing
 8Injuries happening out of Province
 8.1Interjurisdictional agreements and arrangements by the Board
 10Limitation of actions, election and subrogation
 12Worker who is minor is sui juris
 13Compensation cannot be waived
 14No contribution from workers
 15Compensation not assignable or liable to attachment
 16Vocational rehabilitation
 Division 3 — Scale of Compensation
 17Compensation in fatal cases
 18Addition to payments
 19Surviving spouse of a deceased worker
 19.1Period for making payments under sections 17 to 19
 20Proof of existence of dependants
 21Health care
 22Permanent total disability
 23Permanent partial disability or disfigurement
 23.1Period of payment for total or partial disability
 23.2Retirement benefits
 23.3Payment of retirement benefits
 23.4Handling of money to be paid as retirement benefit
 23.5Retirement services and supports
 24Reconsidering benefits
 25General indexing factor
 25.2Variation of dollar amounts
 28Publish in Gazette
 29Temporary total disability
 30Temporary partial disability
 31Maximum compensation
 31.1Termination of periodic payments
 32Recurrence of disability
 33Average earnings
 33.1General rule for determination of average earnings
 33.2Exception to section 33.1 (2) — apprentice or learner
 33.3Exception to section 33.1 (2) — employed less than 12 months
 33.4Exception to section 33.1 (2) — exceptional circumstances
 33.5Exception to section 33.1 — casual worker
 33.6Exception to section 33.1 — person with coverage under section 2 (2)
 33.7Exception to section 33.1 — person without earnings
 33.8Determination of average net earnings — initial period of injury
 33.9Determination of average net earnings — long term injury
 33.91Schedule or procedure for determining average net earnings
 34Deduction from compensation in certain cases
 35Manner of payment of compensation
 35.2Transitional — death of worker
 Division 4 — Accident Fund and Assessments
 36Accident fund
 37Classification of industries
 38Employer to furnish estimate of payrolls
 39Assessment for accident fund
 40Assessment by notice
 42Classification of rates
 43Power to vary rates
 44Temporary industries
 45Collection of assessments by suit or summarily
 46Power to restrain industry if employer defaults
 47Penalty for default in payment or return
 48Class accounts
 49Adjustment of assessments
 50Collection from contractors
 51Contractor liability
 52Priority as to amounts due Board
 Division 5 — Procedure and Miscellaneous
 53Worker's notification of injury
 54Employer's notification of injury
 55Application for compensation
 56Duty of physician or practitioner
 57Worker to submit to examination
 57.1Obligation to provide information
 67Accounting and investment of excess funds
 69Annual report
 73Levy from employer to cover amount of compensation
 76Effective date of regulations
 77General penalty
 Division 6 — Workers' Compensation Board
 81Board of directors
 82Powers and duties of board of directors
 82.1Service plans
 84Standard of care of the directors
 94Workers' advisers and employers' advisers
 94.1Lay advocates
 96Jurisdiction of Board
 96.2Request for reviews
 96.3Who may request review
 96.4Conduct of review
 96.6Delegation of chief review officer's powers and duties
 97Statutory powers
 98Discontinuance or suspension of payments
 99Board decision-making
Part 2 — Liability of Employers in Industries Not Within the Scope of Part 1
 103Liability of employer
 104Common law rules abrogated
 105Contributory negligence to be considered
Part 3 — Occupational Health and Safety
 Division 1 — Interpretation and Purposes
 107Purposes of Part
 108Application of Part
 109Review of Part and regulations
 110Relationship with Part 1
 Division 2 — Board Mandate
 111Board's mandate under this Part
 112Annual report
 113Board jurisdiction under this Part
 114Cooperation agreements
 Division 3 — General Duties of Employers, Workers and Others
 115General duties of employers
 116General duties of workers
 117General duties of supervisors
 118Coordination at multiple-employer workplaces
 119General duties of owner
 120General duties of suppliers
 121Duties of directors and officers of a corporation
 122General obligations are not limited by specific obligations
 123Persons may be subject to obligations in relation to more than one role
 124Responsibility when obligations apply to more than one person
 Division 4 — Joint Committees and Worker Representatives
 125When a joint committee is required
 126Variations in committee requirements
 127Membership of joint committee
 128Selection of worker representatives
 129Selection of employer representatives
 130Duties and functions of joint committee
 131Joint committee procedure
 132Assistance in resolving disagreements within committee
 133Employer must respond to committee recommendations
 134Time from work for meetings and other committee functions
 135Educational leave
 136Other employer obligations to support committee
 137Committee reports
 138Employer must post committee information
 139Worker health and safety representative
 140Participation of worker representative in inspections
 Division 5
 141—149Not in force
 Division 6 — Prohibition Against Discriminatory Action
 150Actions that are considered discriminatory
 151Discrimination against workers prohibited
 152Complaint by worker against discriminatory action or failure to pay wages
 153Response to complaint
 Division 7 — Information and Confidentiality
 154Posting of information
 155Occupational health and safety information summary
 156Information that must be kept confidential
 157Information that must be provided in a medical emergency
 Division 8 — Miscellaneous Authority
 158Regulations in relation to hazardous and other substances
 159Certification and training of first aid attendants and instructors
 160Installation and maintenance of required first aid equipment
 161Medical monitoring programs
 162Medical certification requirements
 163Certification and training of blasters
 Division 9 — Variance Orders
 164Board may authorize variances
 165Effective period for variance order
 166Application for variance
 167Notice of application
 168Consultation on application
 169Decision on application
 170Legal effect of variance
 171Regulations review must consider variance history
 Division 10 — Accident Reporting and Investigation
 172Immediate notice of certain accidents
 173Incidents that must be investigated
 174Investigation process
 175Preliminary investigation, report and follow-up action
 176Full investigation, report and follow-up action
 177Employer or supervisor must not attempt to prevent reporting
 Division 11 — Inspections, Investigations and Inquiries
 178Application of Division
 179Authority to conduct inspections
 180Officer must produce credentials on request
 181Restrictions on access to private residences
 182Representation on inspection
 183Employer must post inspection reports
 184Person being questioned is entitled to have another person present
 185Limited authority to seize evidence without warrant
 186Assistance on inspection
 Division 12 — Enforcement
 186.1Compliance agreements
 187General authority to make orders
 188Contents and process for orders
 189Notice of variation or cancellation
 190Orders to stop using or supplying unsafe equipment, etc.
 191Orders to stop work
 192Effect of orders on workers
 193Posting of orders by officer
 194Compliance reports
 195Suspension or cancellation of certificates
 196Administrative penalties — higher maximum amount
 196.1Administrative penalties — lower maximum amount
 198Court injunction
 Division 13 and 14
 Division 15 — Offences
 213Offence to contravene Part, regulation or order
 214Limits on prosecutions
 215Defence of due diligence
 216Additional defence for workers
 217General penalties
 218Additional penalty to reclaim monetary benefit
 219Additional powers on sentencing
 220Penalties to be paid into accident fund
 Division 16 — General
 221Service of orders and other documents
 222Court orders for access
 223Collection by assessment or judgment
 Division 17 — Regulations
 224Cabinet regulations
 225Board regulations
 226Notice and consultation before Board makes regulation
 227When Board regulation comes into force
 228Ongoing review of Board regulations
 229Minister may direct Board to consider amendment
 230Authority and application of regulations generally
Part 4 — Appeals
 Division 1 — Appeal Tribunal
 232Appeal tribunal established
 233End of appointment
 234Role of chair
 235Appeal tribunal staff
 236Compensation and expenses of members
 Division 2 — Appeal Rights
 239Appeal of review decisions
 240Appeal of other Board decisions
 241Who may appeal
 242How to appeal
 243Time limit for appeal
 244No stay of appealed decision
 244.1Appeal rights to workers for decisions pre-dating 2004 amendments
 Division 3 — Appeal Procedure
 245Board records and policies
 245.1Application of Administrative Tribunals Act to appeal tribunal
 246.1Evidence admissible in appeal tribunal proceedings
 248Deemed employer
 249Health professional assistance
 250Appeal tribunal decision-making
 251Application of policies of board of directors
 252Suspension of appeal proceedings
 253.1Amendment to final decision
 Division 4 — General
 254Exclusive jurisdiction
 255Appeal tribunal decision or action final
 256Reconsideration of appeal decision
 257Certification to court
 258Payment of compensation
 259Payment of interest
 260Confidentiality obligation
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C
Schedule D
Schedule [CPI adj]