Workers' compensation in Canada is a legislated system of social insurance funded by assessments levied upon employers. There are 13 established workers' compensation board (WCB) systems that have regional jurisdiction and responsibility for administering and adjudicating compensation for the injured worker. Disability awards for certain injuries are determined by statute; others are determined using an acceptable reference or impairment schedule, similar to the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

On August 22, 1960, Dr D. E. Bell presented to the Association of Workmens' Compensation Boards of Canada (WCB) an impairment rating schedule that was to “represent the loss of earning capacity” and fulfill the spirit of workers' compensation. Dr Bell's schedule has served as the basis for many of the Canadian WCB Primary Rating Schedules.

Most jurisdictions refer to the Guides when the primary schedule is...

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