Policy development and consultation

Section 6 of the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) authorizes the Board of Directors to determine policy. The WCA, Regulation and policy provide the decision-making framework on entitlements and benefits for injured workers and on the responsibilities of employers.

WCB's Policy Development department supports the Board of Directors in this responsibility by:

  • researching and analyzing policy issues
  • managing WCB’s stakeholder consultation process through our website
  • drafting policy for consideration by WCB's senior management team and the Policy Committee of the Board of Directors

Get more in-depth information about our policy development and consultation process. To view policies currently posted for consultation and to provide comments and feedback, visit our What's new in policy? section.

If you have a question about how a policy applies to your claim or employer account, contact your adjudicator, case manager or account manager directly. Policy Development does not work with individual claims or employer accounts.

If you feel a policy should be changed, you can request a policy review. Please follow the process in the Policies & Information Manual under G-4.

2024-2026 Policy Project Plan

Our policy project plan includes internal and external feedback. The plan lists projects already in the works (current projects) and the ones we aim to work through next (on the horizon). Quarterly updates reflect changes in our priorities. Learn more in our latest 2024-2026 Policy Plan.

Policy consultations

We are seeking your feedback on the following topic:

  • Policy 04-04 – definition of permanent total disability (PTD)
    We are consulting with the public to define fair and balanced parameters for determining additional catastrophic injuries or injury outcomes, not included in s.43(2) of the Workers’ Compensation Act, that would entitle eligible workers to receive lifetime permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. Review our draft policy and provide your feedback.

Consultation is open until July 8, 2024.

Closed policy consultations