Policy

The term “policy” is broad and can mean different things in different environments. At the WCB, our Board-developed policies, along with the  Workers’ Compensation Act and provincial regulations, help to establish the framework for determining coverage and benefits. Generally, policies are used to:

  • Define discretionary authority granted under the legislation and/or regulations;
  • To clarify a legislated or regulatory requirement; and 
  • To provide direction and clarification to support consistent decision-making.  

The Policies that have been approved by the WCB’s Board are binding on the WCB.  They are also binding on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WCAT), unless WCAT finds a policy to be inconsistent with the The Workers’ Compensation Act.  This means that policies become part of the legal framework and have the force of law.

If you have any questions or comments about Policy or would like general information about the WCB and its programs, please contact us at:

Email:                   policy@wcb.ns.ca

Mail:                     Partnerships and Policy
                             Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
                             PO Box 1150
                             Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2Y2

Telephone:        (902) 491-8904 in Halifax; 1-800-870-3331 toll free

The WCB also offers two notification services, you can sign up to receive notification by email of changes to WCB Policies or to receive information on upcoming WCB policy consultations. Click SUBSCRIBE to sign up now.