The workers compensation system is structured on the enquiry model and claims rarely involve litigation. The enquiry model allows workers or employers to make their case without the involvement of a lawyer. Advocates are allowed to assist in the presentation of cases, but the WCB does not pay costs associated with their involvement. Workers may be assisted by the Office of the Worker Advisor, whose costs are paid by the WCB, but other advocates of any kind are not paid.
The WCB has exclusive jurisdiction in the determination of matters arising from the Worker's Compensation Act and does not encourage the use of the courts as an additional level of appeal.
This policy applies to all decisions made on or after the effective date as indicated above.