Cost relief for employers
The WCB may provide cost relief if a claim is determined to be eligible. A claim may be eligible for total or partial cost relief of earnings loss benefits or medical costs in the following situations:
- Pre-existing conditions or injury following return to work
A claim may be eligible for cost relief if:
- The worker has a non-work-related pre-existing condition and employment conditions increased the risk of the work injury happening.
- The worker’s non-work-related pre-existing condition is aggravated or accelerated by the work injury and recovery from the work injury is prolonged.
- The worker’s prior injury while working for another employer prolonged or caused a new injury.
- The worker has a new injury during a return-to-work program or during alternate or accommodated employment.
- WCB policy directs any other situation as directed by WCB policy. For example:
- A worker is absent from medical treatment for good reason.
- Benefits are redirected to a dependent spouse while a worker is incarcerated.
- Occupational diseases
A claim may be eligible for cost relief to cover the high costs of a latent occupational disease:
- If employment is only partially responsible for the disease.
- If the employer no longer reports to the WCB or cannot be confirmed.
- If the effects of exposure to a harmful substance were not known at the time of exposure.
WCB policy explains when cost relief is applied because of a disaster.
A claim may be eligible for cost relief to cover high claim costs from a disaster if:
- Costs are more than 10 times the maximum wage rate for one claim.
- Costs are more than 20 times the maximum wage rate for two or more claims.
Contact our employer services department
Section description: For specific inquires if you are:
- ready to register your business
- requesting a clearance or a letter of good standing
- revising or updating your payroll
- discussing your statement of account and/or making a payment