Enhanced Disability Management Program

1. What is the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP)?

Jointly developed, and administered by the employer, the purpose of the EDMP is to facilitate an employee-centred, proactive, appropriate and customized disability management program for members with occupational and non-occupational illness or injury.

EDMP was negotiated in the 2012 round of bargaining and became part of the Community Health subsector collective agreement.

Members who participate in the program will benefit from a holistic Case Management Plan (CMP) that may include medical intervention, transitional work (TW), a graduated return to work (GRTW), workplace modifications, vocational rehabilitation and/or retraining.

2. What are the goals of EDMP?

The goals of EDMP are:

  • Reasonably address all barriers to return to work. Those barriers may include medical, personal, vocation or workplace issues.
  • Provide early and ongoing support to maintain a connection to your workplace and/or
  • Facilitate a timely and safe return to work.

3. Who will be referred to the EDMP?

All regular full-time and part-time employees are referred to the program on the first day of absence due to a workplace illness or injury and after an absence of five consecutive workdays due to a non-work related illness or injury.

Participation in the program is required for regular employees unless there is a bona fide reason to decline.

4. Who makes a referral to EDMP?

A referral to EDMP may be from one of the following sources:

  • Referral through WSBC
  • Referral through a manager
  • Payroll Report
  • Workplace Health Call Centre (WHCC)
  • Absence Report Line
  • Referral through union
  • Self-referral
  • Attendance Enhancement/Management Programs
  • Other Human Resources Programs

5. Participation by Casual Employees and Regular Employees who continue to work and self-refer.

Participation is voluntary for all casual employees and for all regular employees who continue to work and self-refer. Services are considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the employer.

See EDMP Policies and Procedures posted on our Resources page.

6. Confidentiality

The parties to the EDMP recognize the sensitivity of the information and are committed to ensuring that employee information is protected. Employees' personal information will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with applicable legislation, the collective agreement, and this EDMP Confidentiality and Privacy Policy.

See EDMP Confidentiality and Privacy Policy posted on our Resources page.


Community Health Disability Management

1. What is Community Health Disability Management (CHDM)?

The CHDM team has been developed to support all members in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) who are enrolled in the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP). This includes members of BCGEU, UFCW, HEU, HSA, CUPE, BCNU, USW, CLAC.

If you are a Community Health member, the CHDM team will be your union representation for the EDMP, and will work together with your EDMP team, and your own union representative, when necessary, to facilitate a return to work.

2. How will CHDM benefit members?

CHDM will:

  • ensure the appropriate steps are being taken by the employer to provide members with necessary rehabilitation support to facilitate a successful return to work through the EDMP process.
  • work with members, when necessary, to develop case management plans that promote a safe and timely return to work
  • prevent members from being off work for unnecessary lengths of time.
  • provide education to members on the principles of Disability Management
  • assist members in understanding their role in returning back to work healthy and safe.

Your CHDM team can be contacted at any time with questions or concerns about an illness, injury or workplace barrier that may impact your ability to be at work, or return to work.

CHDM is dedicated to supporting members in a successful return to work, and ensuring members are aware of, and have access to, applicable benefits (Worksafe BC, LTD, Medical EI) while unable to work.

Visit our Resources page for more information and important links.