Workers' Compensation Safety Board of Nova Scotia

Proposed changes for PTSD coverage (Sept 27/17)

The Government of Nova Scotia has introduced legislation to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to make coverage for PTSD a presumptive benefit for front-line and emergency-response workers. 

Government consulted on the Bill over the summer, and the legislation was re-introduced today, with some proposed changes. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education issued a media release on this issue – Amendments Improve Access to PTSD Benefits

There will be no immediate changes for WCB Nova Scotia. The current Act, and our current practices, still apply. Our operations are status quo until the Act changes, which will be one year from royal assent.

More information about current PTSD coverage is available in the claims section or our website

If you think you might be suffering from PTSD, reach out and seek help. Talk to your loved ones, talk to your doctor, and talk to your employer. If you are in crisis, take immediate action – call Nova Scotia’s mental health crisis line at 1-888-429-8167.