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Is WorkSafeBC the same as WCB?

February 07, 20231 min read

Yes, WorkSafeBC is the same as the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) in British Columbia. In 2002, the WCB in British Columbia was renamed to WorkSafeBC to better reflect its role in promoting workplace safety and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as its expanded mandate to provide a wide range of services beyond compensation.

Under the Workers Compensation Act, WorkSafeBC is responsible for administering the workers' compensation system in British Columbia, which includes providing insurance coverage for workplace injuries and illnesses, and promoting workplace health and safety. WorkSafeBC also provides resources and support to employers and workers to help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, and to support injured workers in their recovery and return to work.

In other provinces and territories, the workers' compensation system is administered by a similar agency called the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) or a similar name. However, the overall goal and function of these agencies is the same: to provide insurance coverage for workplace injuries and illnesses, and to promote workplace health and safety.

In summary, while the name has changed, WorkSafeBC continues to fulfill the same mandate and functions as the WCB in British Columbia.


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