Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal


The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) is the final level of appeal in the workers' compensation system. Under the Workers Compensation Act, WCAT can hear appeals of most WorkSafeBC Review Division decisions. The Review Division provides the first level review for most WorkSafeBC decisions concerning compensation, assessments and occupational health and safety (prevention). Some Review Division decisions are not appealable to WCAT.

WCAT also hears appeals of WorkSafeBC decisions concerning discriminatory action complaints and applications to reopen claims. WCAT provides certificates to the court concerning the status of people involved in legal actions.


Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal
150 - 4600 Jacombs Road
Richmond, BC  V6V 3B1

Telephone: 604-664-7800
Toll Free: 1-800-663-2782
Fax: 604-664-7898

Justice Education Society Resources

Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
Read the PDF.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
Read the PDF.

In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
Read the PDF.

Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
Read the PDF.