Vancouver resident Evan Brunelle was approved for WorkSafeBC’s Self Managed Personal Care (SMPC) program in 2019, which provides funding to people who have been injured at work so they can hire their own caregiver.
However, it stipulates he cannot hire someone within “arms-length” — an immediate family member, spouse or long-standing partner.
After WorkSafeBC declined to make an exemption for the couple, Brunelle filed a complaint with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT).
As a result, in 2021, WorkSafeBC granted the exemption. Now, the couple is calling for changes to the policy.
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