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Recreational Activities in Remote Camps
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POL 29/1982

Effective date: April 23, 1982

Approved date: June 14, 1982

Application: All related claims.

Policy subject: Decision making - Injuries


To establish guidelines for determining entitlement for injuries sustained while participating in recreational activities in remote camps.


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  1. By legislation, compensation is payable for injuries arising out of and in the course of employment.
  2. The legislation covers “employment” injuries rather than just “work” injuries, and therefore can encompass other activities related to employment.
  3. Not infrequently, recreational injuries occur while employees are off work on their spare time.
  4. The employer, in an isolated camp situation, has control over what sort of activities the work force engages in during their off hours.


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  1. Each case will be considered on its own merits having regard for such factors as serious and wilful misconduct, or knowingly undertaking a task which is excessively perilous.
  2. Recreational injuries, whether employer-sponsored or employee-sponsored, will be considered as injuries arising out of and in the course of employment.
    1. This includes an injury occurring on the employer’s isolated property when the worker is engaging in reasonable activity associated with employment or with normal life activities.
  3. Injuries not covered as those involving an imported hazard (see POL 03/2017), and those involving purely personal acts on the part of a worker which do not involve a hazard of the premises and which occur at a time when the worker is not engaged in employment.

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Legislative Authority

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The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
Sections 27

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Document History

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(1)    January 1, 2014. References updated in accordance with The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
(2)    1995, Board Order 29/82 divided into policy and procedure. Approved through POL 29/1995.
(3)    Board Order 15/82, Coverage – Injuries – Resident-Captive Workers (effective April 23, 1982).

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