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2020 Amendments to WCAT’s Manual of Rules of Practice and Procedure (MRPP) – The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) proposes to revise our MRPP. The first purpose of the revision is to align the MRPP with the revised Workers Compensation Act, RSBC 2019, c1 (Revised Act), which comes into force on April 6, 2020. The second purpose is to make changes resulting from our experience to date.

Revisions necessary to align the MRPP with the Revised Act consist primarily of changes in references to section numbers of the Revised Act, and in a few places, minor language changes. These revisions are found throughout the MRPP. Other revisions are found in the following items of the MRPP:
  • 3.2.2 Orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Provisions
  • 3.4.1 Constitutional Questions
  • 4.9 Workers Employed by the Government of Canada and Federal Government Bodies
  • Withdrawal of Incomplete Appeals
  • 5.3 Service and Delivery of Documents
  • 7.5 Appeal Method
  • 8.2.2 Special Circumstances Precluded
  • 8.5 Withdrawals
  • 9.1 General Principles
  • 9.3.3 Panel Site Visit
  • 11.4.2 Evidence Received in Confidence
  • 11.5.2 Credibility
  • 11.5.3 Reliability
  • 14.2.4 Participation in Oral Hearings by Telephone
  • 13.1.1 Submission Process
  • Reimbursement of Expenses for Expert Evidence
  • Attendance of an Expert at an Oral Hearing
  • 18 Certificates to Court
  • 21.1.2 Duties of a Party
You may view the proposed revisions in the draft MRPP by clicking here. The proposed revisions have resulted in additions, deletions, and modifications which are identified as underlined for additions and struckthrough for deletions in the draft document on our website.

We invite your input on the proposed revisions. Please send your comments by Monday, March 9, 2016 to the Senior Vice Chair and Tribunal Counsel, 150-4600 Jacombs Road, Richmond, BC, V6V 3B1, or fax to (604) 713-0443, or email to David.Newell@wcat.bc.ca. If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact Jordan Rempel at (604) 664-0890. (Posted 2020/02/18)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2019 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2020/02/04)

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