Workers' Compensation Safety Board of Nova Scotia

Vocational Rehabilitation

Policy Overview 

Note: This Overview is intended to provide a general guide to Board policies and programs. It does not constitute official Board policy. 

Vocational Rehabilitation services are designed to assist injured workers in returning to the workforce. 

These services are offered to injured workers who experience difficulty following an accident and have suffered, or are likely to suffer, a permanent impairment as a result of their workplace accident. 

Rehabilitation Services may consist of appropriate assessments, skills upgrading, on-the-job training, job search preparation, and a variety of other services. The goal of any vocational rehabilitation plan is always to return the worker to work that is suitable and reasonably available. 

The worker will be assisted by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, as part of a Case Management Team, in developing a suitable return-to-work plan. 

When a rehabilitation program has been developed and implemented with an injured worker, and as long as they actively participate in the program, they are generally eligible for earnings-replacement benefits. 

 The policies which surround this process are contained in this section of the manual.

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4.1 Entitlement to VR Services

4.2 VR Program Expenses

4.3 General

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