Here we will list consultations taking place across the province to help develop policies on a wide range of issues as well as new or amended policies
Open for consultation
Policy 1.3.9 - Psychological Injury (Policy Consultation):
On October 26th, 2017 Government passed amendments to the Act that provided the benefit of presumption for PTSD to frontline or emergency response workers. Regulations to support the implementation of the PTSD presumption were passed in October 2018, and both the presumption and the regulations are effective October 26th, 2018.
To ensure clarity and transparency Policy 1.3.9 has been revised to acknowledge the PTSD presumption for frontline or emergency response workers. This is the only change to Policy 1.3.9 that is being considered at this time.
In keeping with the WCB’s Policy Consultation Policy, stakeholders are provided with an opportunity to comment on this policy change. The deadline to provide your comments is January 11th, 2019.
See the attached paper “Minor Revision to Policy 1.3.9 – Psychological Injury” for further details.
New or Amended Policies
"Occupational Hearing Loss - Injuries on or after January 1, 2000" (amended Policy):
Stemming from a recent Court of Appeal Decision, (“Surette v. Nova Scotia (Workers’ Compensation Board), 2017 NSCA 81”), regarding board ”Policy 1.2.5AR1: Occupational Hearing Loss – Injuries on or after January 1, 2000” the Board of Directors invited stakeholders to provide feedback on a one-step consultation to address the requirement for an audiogram within 5 years of leaving the noisy work environment. Click the following link for access to the full document details, (Program Policy Background Paper: Noise Induced Hearing Loss). This consultation closed on February 16th, 2018.
The WCB received two stakeholder submissions in response to the consultation. The Board of Directors thanks all stakeholders for taking the time to prepare feedback and participate in the policy consultation process.
On March 29th, 2018, the Board of Directors considered the stakeholder feedback and approved the final policy revisions in the following report, “Noise Induced Hearing Loss – Final Program Policy and Supporting Rationale”.
For a copy of the revised Policy click the following link; Policy 1.2.5AR2