Gradual Onset Psychological Injury

Watch this introductory video to learn about gradual onset psychological injury and how we're preparing to serve Nova Scotians when coverage becomes effective this fall.

Effective September 1, 2024, work-related psychological injury due to significant stressors that happen over time, such as bullying and harassment, will be compensable in Nova Scotia.

As part of our preparations, we have hired a new team, with new roles, to deliver an exceptional service experience for workers and employers, complete with customer excellence and trauma-informed services.

The worker will be at the centre of the service model – with the goal of keeping them connected to work, in a way that is safe and healthy, and returning as soon as it’s possible to do so.

Here are some of the things to know about our new service:


We have been offering webinars this year to help workers and employers in Nova Scotia learn more about WCB coverage of gradual onset psychological injury and how to prevent this type of injury from happening in the workplace. If you missed any of our webinars on Gradual Onset Psychological Injury or would like to see them again, you can view them here.

Our next webinar for employers is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, 3 - 4 p.m. AST. Registration is open. Learn more and sign up here.


We've been collecting your questions as we prepare to protect more Nova Scotians from workplace injury. Please take a look at the following links for more information about Gradual Onset Psychological Injury:

We'll continue to update these Gradual Onset Psychological Injury Q&As in the weeks and months ahead, so check back often. If you have a question about GPI, please send us a note at, and we'll be in touch with a response.


At information sessions with workers and labour representatives across the province this spring, fictional scenarios were shared to help demonstrate what type of workplace situations are likely to be covered, as well as those that are likely not.

Review psychological injury claim scenarios.

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