Recent changes to the Policies and Information Manual

Date of distribution: June 4, 2019

TRANSMITTAL SHEET No: 04 – 2019 June 4, 2019

WHAT'S CHANGED (Please read the policy documents for complete information).

Policy changes since the last issue are indicated by shaded text or shading in the left margin.

  • Policy 04-06, Part II, Application 5: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
    Consultation is complete and a new policy application has been approved, confirming WCB’s approach when determining if a medically-assisted death is a compensable fatality. The main provisions of the policy are:
    • The decision on eligibility for MAID is outside WCB’s role, and WCB does not participate in or guide the process.
    • If it is determined that the injured worker’s compensable condition qualifies the worker for a medically assisted death, WCB will accept the medically assisted death as a work-related fatality and will provide benefits and services to the surviving dependants as we would with any work-related fatality.
    • When it is determined that the medically assisted death is a compensable fatality, WCB will pay for the healthcare costs associated with the MAID process.
    • The costs of the fatality will be treated in the same manner as any other compensable fatality.
    The Table of Contents and the list of policy applications at the end of Policy 04-06, Part I have been updated to include the new policy application.
  • The Index has been updated to reflect recent changes.

Complete list of changed documents

Document Old New
Table of Contents Entire document Table of Contents
(issue date June 4, 2019)
04-06, Health Care Part I Policy 04-06, Part I
(issue date June 4, 2019)
N/A Policy 04-06, Part II, Application 5
(issue date June 4, 2019)
Index Entire document Index
(issue date June 4, 2019)

2019 Policy Transmittals