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Legal Counsel – WCAT has an employment opportunity as Legal Counsel. The Legal Counsel provides legal opinions to the Chair, the Senior Vice Chair and Vice Chairs. To view the posting and job description, click here. (Posted 2020/05/20)
WCAT Practice Update – Email Correspondence – In order to improve the ability of appeal participants to receive correspondence in a timely way during the COVID-19 pandemic, WCAT will be using encrypted email to send outgoing correspondence to parties and representatives who have consented to receiving correspondence in that way.

If you have not yet consented to receiving encrypted emails, WCAT will continue to send your outgoing correspondence by regular mail.

If you have not yet consented to receiving correspondence through encrypted emails from WCAT but would like to, you may indicate your consent by clicking here and providing your full name and your appeal number (if you have one).

Please see these instructions on how to open the encrypted emails. (Posted 2020/05/05)
2020 Amendments to WCAT’s Manual of Rules of Practice and Procedure (MRPP) – After a period of public consultation, the WCAT’s Manual of Rules of Practice and Procedure (MRPP) has been amended. The amendments are effective April 6, 2020. The purpose of the amendments is to reflect the revised Workers Compensation Act (RSBC 2019, c.1) which comes into force on April 6, 2020. The public consultation include additional amendments which will be brought into force at a future date.

You can find the Chair’s Decision No. 25 here. The amendments to the MRPP are attached to the Chair’s decision. The revised MRPP is here. The table of concordance between the former Act and the revised Act is here. (Posted 2020/04/06)
Important notice regarding in-person hearing postponements, as well as timelines for filing notices of appeal, submissions, and evidence. more... (Posted 2020/03/25)
Service of Court Documents – As part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal has decided that up to May 31, 2020 it will accept service or delivery of pleadings (court documents, including petitions) from parties in court proceedings via email at WCATTCO@wcat.bc.ca. This measure is being taken to minimize the need for parties to attend our office in person.

WCAT’s email server can only accept documents under 10 MB, and occasionally our firewall blocks certain email addresses. If we receive your pleadings we will reply to you to confirm receipt. If you do not receive a reply within five days, this means we have not received your pleadings and you must either follow up with us (by phone is fine) or send us a copy of your pleadings by another method (i.e. fax or personal service). (Posted 2020/03/17)
ALL IN-PERSON HEARINGS POSTPONEDEFFECTIVE MARCH 17 THROUGH APRIL 10, 2020. WCAT WILL CONTACT YOU TO ARRANGE A TELECONFERENCE HEARING OR TO SCHEDULE A NEW HEARING DATE. WCAT RECEPTION IN RICHMOND WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, EFFECTIVE MARCH 17 THROUGH APRIL 10, 2020. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED STATEMENT. more... (Posted 2020/03/17)
COVID-19 Response Update – In working to ensure the health and safety of the members of the public who interact with the tribunal, and tribunal staff, WCAT is continuing to monitor the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). If the situation reaches a point where a reduction of WCAT operations is necessary, information will be posted on this website as soon as possible.

Scheduled Hearings Given the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, WCAT will continue to hold in-person hearings at this time. Our hearing rooms are large enough to ensure that appropriate distance is maintained between all involved.

WCAT also has the ability to hold hearings by teleconference, and in some circumstances videoconference. WCAT will be contacting you if your scheduled in-person hearing needs to be heard by one of these methods. WCAT will also be contacting you if your scheduled in-person hearing needs to be postponed.

If you are ill, are experiencing symptoms, or have travelled outside of the country within the past 14 days, please do not come in person to WCAT’s offices. If you require a postponement of your hearing, please contact WCAT by telephone in order to discuss potential alternative hearing arrangements.

Corresponding with WCAT While WCAT’s reception area remains open, we are encouraging more staff to work at home. As such, we strongly encourage all who need to submit documents to WCAT do so electronically via email (appeals@wcat.bc.ca) or fax at (604) 664-7898. General inquiries by telephone are always welcome at (604) 664-7800 or at 1 (800) 663-2782 (Posted 2020/03/16)
Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) – WCAT is closely monitoring the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with a view to ensuring the health and safety of the members of the public who interact with the tribunal. If the situation reaches a point where a reduction of WCAT operations is necessary, information will be posted on this website as soon as possible.

Scheduled Hearings WCAT hearings set to occur in Richmond and throughout British Columbia will, at this time, proceed as scheduled. If you are ill or have recently travelled to a location which is subject to a government travel advisory, please contact WCAT in order to discuss potential alternative arrangements. This may include conducting a hearing by teleconference, videoconference, or the postponement of a hearing. The decision as to how to proceed will be made by the vice chair assigned to each appeal.

Public Health Recommendations Members of the public are encouraged to follow the recommendations of the B.C. Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control. If you have questions, and particularly if you are experiencing any symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 at any time in order to talk to a health service navigator, who can assist you in obtaining advice about how you are feeling and what to do next. Translation services are available in more than 130 languages. (Posted 2020/03/12)
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)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the third quarter of 2019 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2019/10/11)
Information Guides
Indigenous Appellants: this guide was developed to assist Indigenous appellants to navigate the overall appeal process with specific information about the oral hearing process.

Applications for Certification to Court: this guide has been developed to assist with the practice and procedure for making an application for determination of the status of parties to a court action under section 257 of the Workers Compensation Act. (Posted 2019/09/25)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the second quarter of 2019 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2019/07/19)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2019/05/03)
2018 Annual Report – WCAT's annual report for the year 2018 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2019/04/09)
PDF forms simplified for compatibility with mobile devices – The functional features of all notice of appeal/application forms and notice of participation forms on our Forms page have been simplified to make them more compatible with mobile devices. The simplified forms are also more compatible with a range of PDF viewing software. Other forms retain advanced functionality compatible with computers and Adobe Reader software. Those forms will be gradually converted to the simplified format. (Posted 2019/04/01)
Self-identification by parties who are Indigenous – On April 1, 2019, WCAT's forms were updated to include a section providing parties the opportunity to self-identify as a person of Indigenous ancestry (including Inuit, Metis, First Nations, non-status, status, and anyone with First Nations ancestry). Both appellants and respondents will be given this opportunity.

This update has been undertaken as part of WCAT's efforts to implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and specifically in order to improve WCAT's understanding of the background of people appearing before it.

The updated forms are available in the Forms section. Contact WCAT if you have any questions about these forms or WCAT's response to the TRC calls to action. (Posted 2019/04/01)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2018 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2019/02/08)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the third quarter of 2018 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2018/10/29)
Filing by email – Starting on September 7, 2018 workers, employers, and their representatives will be able to file appeal documents by email.

WCAT will receive all WCAT forms, as well as submissions and related documents by email. We will continue to accept documents sent by fax and regular mail, as well. For details about filing by email, please follow this link.

Please note that WCAT will only receive documents for filing by email. For privacy reasons, WCAT will not correspond with parties by email.

(Posted 2018/09/05)
Quarterly Report – WCAT's quarterly report for the second quarter of 2018 is now available. Click here to view the Report. (Posted 2018/07/25)
Community Advisory Council

WCAT recognizes that, as a part of the justice system and the public service in British Columbia, we have a responsibility to be a part the reconciliation process called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In particular, Calls to Action 27 and 57 ask participants of the justice system and public servants to engage in cultural competency and intercultural skills-based training, including an education on the history of Aboriginal peoples, the history and legacy of the residential schools, and indigenous law.

In order to meet the above noted Calls to Action, WCAT has formed a Community Advisory Council made up of members of the legal community who, through personal and professional experience, are knowledgeable of the circumstances and needs of the indigenous communities throughout BC.

This Community Advisory Council will assist WCAT in reviewing its practices and procedures, with a view to identifying potential institutional impediments to indigenous parties to an appeal. The Community Advisory Council will also assist us in identifying opportunities to develop skills and competencies for our staff and members. WCAT will work with the Council to find adaptations and solutions which will enable us to meet the needs of indigenous communities, with a view to fulfilling our role in contributing to reconciliation and building relationships with indigenous communities.

Minutes of our Community Advisory Council meetings will be posted on our website, as well as yearly progress reports.

Further information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can be accessed at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/indigenous-people/new-relationship/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-calls-to-action.

(Posted 2018/06/21)
WorkSafeBC is moving claim file disclosure online

Starting on October 2, 2017 WorkSafeBC will no longer send claim file disclosure on CDs to workers and employers participating in WCAT appeals. Instead, WorkSafeBC will make a digital disclosure package available for download through the WorkSafeBC secure web portal. WorkSafeBC will send an email to parties telling them when the digital disclosure package is available for download. It will be your responsibility to log in to your WorkSafeBC online account and download the disclosure package. If you haven't set up a WorkSafeBC online account, you can do so on the WorkSafeBC website at https://www.worksafebc.com/en/claims/manage-claim/view-claim-information.

Other evidence, such as photographs, video recordings and/or audio recordings will be on DVD and sent to you from WorkSafeBC by Canada Post. You will receive this delivery within two weeks after receiving the email from WorkSafeBC telling you the digital disclosure package is available for download.

You can get more information about digital disclosure by visiting WorkSafeBC's website. WorkSafeBC will still send disclosure on paper to workers who do not have access to email or the ability to download the digital package.

WCAT's notice of appeal and notice of participation forms now include space for your email address. We will give your email address to WorkSafeBC so that they can let you know when the digital disclosure package is ready. WCAT will not use your email for any other purpose. WCAT is working with WorkSafeBC to make sure appeal parties continue to receive timely and complete disclosure in WCAT appeals.

(Posted 2017/09/18)
2017 Amendment to WCAT’s Manual of Rules of Practice and Procedure (MRPP)

After a period of public consultation, item 6.6.7 of the WCAT’s Manual of Rules of Practice and Procedure (MRPP) has been amended. The amendments are effective, March 30, 2017. The purpose of the revision is to clarify the role of Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) officers and Board legal officers in WCAT hearings, when the Board is invited to participate in an appeal pursuant to section 246(2)(i) of the MRPP.

You can find the Chair’s Decision No. 24 here. The amendments to the MRPP are attached to the Chair’s decision. The changes have been incorporated into the MRPP, which you can find on our website, here.

(Posted 2017/03/30)
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