Thanks to the Employers Forum for encapsulating this notice (BC Ag Council is a member)

On Friday, August 14, Bill 23 received royal assent. The new legislation, which introduces changes to the Workers Compensation Act (the Act), contains 34 provisions that include housekeeping amendments and changes relating to compensation, assessment, and occupational health and safety matters.

Those changes include the following, effective immediately:

  • Preventative health care may be provided on pending claims, if medical evidence supports that without such services or supplies, the worker is at risk of a significant deterioration in health.
  • An explicit reference to mental disorders has been added to section 151(3) of the Act in order to distinguish mental disorders from personal injuries for the purpose of the one-year time limit for filing a compensation claim.

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