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Home About the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) COVID-19 response and safety plan

WCAT remains open and fully operational. We have taken steps to protect the health of parties, staff and the public, while ensuring the tribunal continues to operate as naturally as possible.

WCAT’s Safety Plan includes enhanced measures to improve personal safety and prevent any risk of exposure to COVID-19. WCAT will continue to update this plan as we receive guidance from WorkSafeBC (as the regulator) and public health officials, like the BC Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, and Public Health Agency of Canada.

Below are some of the steps and actions WCAT is taking.

  • Oral hearings are continuing by video conference
  • We have stopped all non-essential travel by air or ferry
  • We have postponed or cancelled any large in-person group gatherings
  • Safety information is posted for visitors at the main entrance
  • We have removed some furniture in our reception to allow for enough spacing

  • Increasing and maintaining daily cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas
  • Promoting hand hygiene practices. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available to the public and staff
  • Face masks are worn (required) in common and shared areas

We are using the planning tool and checklist from WorkSafeBC to get staff back to work in the office. Some of the measures we are taking include:

  • Communicating current information to staff
  • Ensuring staff perform health checks before coming to work and stay home if they are sick
  • Ensuring staff take care of their mental well-being
  • Staggering schedules for staff working in the office
  • Holding staff meetings using video conference
  • Educating staff on the best ways to practice physical distancing in the office
  • Using screening protocols for visitors and contractors in the office

In-person hearings

If you are visiting WCAT for an in-person hearing, please review the following documents before attending your hearing:

In-Person Hearing Participant Information Sheet (PDF, 76KB)
Visitor Screening Form (PDF, 102KB)

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please do not attend your hearing. Instead, contact your appeal coordinator for information on how to proceed.