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The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.

Travel Expense Rates (PRO 01/2019) – May 1, 2022

This procedure establishes the current rates at which workers and WCB staff are to be reimbursed for travel and sustenance expenses. Rates are included in an appendix attached to the procedure, which has been updated to note current mileage rates, effective May 1, 2022.

Injury Claims – Administrative Errors (POL 03/2022 and PRO 03/2022)

The WCB considers it appropriate and fair to remedy an administrative error that adversely impacts a worker’s benefits or the costs applied to an employer’s experience which affects the employer's experience rate. A new policy and procedure have been established to create guidelines for the management and correction of administrative errors made by WCB staff.

Partnerships and Sponsorships – Corporate and WorkSafe (POL 04/2022)

This policy establishes guidelines for providing or receiving organizational support from the WCB through partnerships, sponsorships or donations. To ensure a consistent process, the policy outlines the departments responsible for handling funding requests, the type of support that WCB may provide, as well as guidelines for the review and acceptance of funding requests that are submitted to the WCB.

Calculation of Probable Compensation (PRO 05/2022)

The Act directs WCB to establish a table of earnings and probable compensation. When there are any legislated changes to income tax deductions, either federally or provincially, or CPP or EI premiums, and these changes become available, the WCB will publish revised tables.

Medication Coverage (POL and PRO 11/2019)

POL & PRO 11/2019 came into effect January 1, 2020 to clarify coverage of prescription medications and the coverage of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and medical cannabis oil in specific situations when prescribed or authorized by the injured worker’s treating care provider. These documents have been updated to allow coverage for medical cannabis soft gels or capsules when authorized for the work injury.

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