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Effective date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Last update: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020


Policy Purpose

Under Section 33 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act), the WCB may provide academic or vocational assistance to surviving dependent spouses or common-law partners of deceased workers to assist in becoming employable or increasing their earning capacity. While participation by surviving spouses or common-law partners is voluntary, it should be offered to all eligible individuals.

The intent of this policy is to minimize the impact of the death of a worker by assisting the spouse or common-law partner to become more self-sufficient before WCB survivors' benefits end. Given the individual's personal circumstances, the goal of this policy is to maximize the employability or earning capacity of the spouse or common-law partner. Through this policy the WCB provides academic or vocational assistance to help a spouse or common-law partner who is committed and motivated to become more self-sufficient.


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