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WCAT Legal Administrative Assistant Opportunity – Closing date of December 12th, 2019. Visit our careers page for details. (Posted 2019/11/28)
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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