Insult to Injury

Adding Insult to Injury - Changes to the BC Workers’ Compensation System (2002 - 2008): The Impact on Injured Workers

A Summary Report to the BC Federation of Labour - 2009

Prepared by Stan Guenther, Janet Patterson & Sarah O’Leary

In 2002, major changes began to be made to the laws and policies that govern the workers’ compensation system in British Columbia. Those changes were initiated by the Liberal government after an aggressive lobbying effort by employers. The employer lobby advanced the inaccurate view that the system had become economically unsustainable. The resulting changes were based upon no discernable principle other than that of reducing costs for employers. In that regard, the changes were very successful. But these changes have come at a profound cost to workers and to the treatment and benefits that injured workers receive under the compensation system.

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