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Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal

The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) processes appeals about WorkSafeBC decisions. WCAT serves all communities in B.C. Our office is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people, and our work spans the traditional territories of 198 First Nations and 38 Métis chartered communities across B.C. We honour all our hosts and their welcome and graciousness toward our work and the people we serve.

About WCAT

The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) is an independent organization that workers or employers can go to if they want to appeal a decision from WorkSafeBC.

WCAT has authority to decide appeals about specific types of work-related matters as set out in sections 288 and 289 of the Workers Compensation Act.

WCAT is the final level of appeal in the workers’ compensation system of British Columbia and is independent of WorkSafeBC.


News and updates

  • WCAT gets a new look!

    We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new website and branding.  We really loved our old look, but it’s time for a change. Our old website served us well over the past 11 years. Our refreshed site uses an inclusive approach to content and design – making it easier to find and understand information about the appeal process or how to get help.

    A new look that’s based on evidence. We started our project by doing a bit of research with people who use the site. We were able to find out what was working well with the old site and identify areas that could use an upgrade. We hope you like the fresh, modern look and the improved navigation.

    We’ll be posting news and updates on a regular basis to let you know about new content like updates to processes or legislation.

    Websites are never finished. We’ve already got a list of things we’re keen to start working on to continue making the online experience better. We’d love to hear what you think – all comments, suggestions and feedback are welcome.

  • WCAT COVID-19 response and safety plan

    WCAT’s reception area and in-person hearing rooms are closed to the public based on recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer to practice physical distancing and limit in-person activities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. WCAT’s COVID-19 Safety Plan (PDF, 295KB) includes enhanced measures to improve personal safety and prevent any risk of exposure to COVID-19.

    Encrypted email. WCAT can send correspondence to parties and representatives by encrypted email. If you’d like to use this method, email WCAT – include your full name and your appeal number, if you have one. If you do not ask to receive encrypted emails, you will continue to receive correspondence from WCAT by mail. Accessing and Viewing Encrypted Emails from WCAT (PDF, 931KB)

    Oral hearings. Oral hearings are continuing by video conference. If it’s not possible to complete your hearing by video conference, it may be done by phone or in-person. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to make adjustments so that hearings can proceed.

    Ask for more time. You can ask for an extension of time if you were unable to meet the deadline for giving notice to start an appeal because of the COVID-19 pandemic or any other special circumstances. If you need more time to complete submissions or provide evidence, you can phone WCAT to request an extra 14 days or send a written request to WCAT that explains why you need more than 14 days (to a maximum of 45 days). Make sure to include your appeal number with your request. If you need more than 45 days, you will need to provide reasons, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.