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Policy GC-04 - Illiteracy

Effective Dates

November 17, 1993 to April 5, 2005


General and Corporate

General Information

The Workers' Compensation Act requires written notice for a number of things, including, but not limited to, the filing of a claim or an appeal of a decision.

However, it is recognized that many people in the territory are functionally illiterate and this may limit their rightful access to the system.

A person is functionally illiterate when their inability to read, write, do mathematical calculations or orally communicate hinders their ability to function within their society.

People are functionally illiterate for a variety of reasons, including english as a second language, learning disabilities or an incomplete education.

The board is permitted, in these circumstances, to accept substitutes for written notification.