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.

2021-2023 Policy Project Plan

Our policy project plan includes input from internal and external stakeholders. The plan lists current and upcoming projects. We use quarterly updates to reflect changes in our priorities. Learn more in our 2021-2023 Policy Project Plan - Q1 update..

Current consultations

Opioid policy now open for consultation.

We are seeking stakeholder feedback on the following topic:

  • Opioid policy – Policy 04-06, Part II, Application 4.
    We’re reviewing our prescribed opioid analgesics (narcotics) policy to ensure workers receive safe and effective treatment; criteria for coverage are clear and transparent; and policy is based on current medical evidence, advice and knowledge about the benefits and risks of opioids. Review the draft policy and provide your feedback.

Consultation is open until September 26, 2022.

Closed policy consultations