Amendment Supports Workers Experiencing Psychological Injuries

Our government is introducing a change to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 which will expand workers’ compensation coverage to workers experiencing psychological injuries. The amendment establishes a rebuttable presumption for all forms of psychological injuries, which means an injured worker making a claim for compensation will receive the benefit of the doubt that the psychological injury was sustained at work unless there is evidence to the contrary.

Until now, workers were required to provide additional proof that their psychological injury was work-related when filing their Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) claim to be eligible for compensation.  To qualify for coverage a worker will need to provide a diagnosis from a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

While other provinces have established a rebuttable presumption for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Saskatchewan is the first province to enact legislation that covers other forms of psychological injury that workers could experience as a result of being exposed to traumatic events or situations at work.