The Policy and Procedure Manual contained on this website is the official policy manual of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board.
The following administrative policies were updated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- COVID-19 Response – Additional Employer Relief Measures (ADM POL 05/2020)
- COVID-19 Response – Benefits When a Return to Work (RTW) Plan is Interrupted (ADM POL 03/2020)
- COVID-19 Response – Employer Relief Measures – Late Payment Interest (ADM POL 02/2020)
- COVID-19 Response – Cost Relief (ADM POL 04/2020)
The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
Travel Expense Rates (Appendix in PRO 01/2019)
This procedure was updated to provide current mileage rates at which WCB staff and clients are to be reimbursed for attending to WCB business. As this procedure is based upon rates established by the Public Service Commission (PSC), it is revised each time the PSC revises its travel and sustenance rates.
Injuries – Firefighters (PRO 03/2020)
Amendments to the Act in 2019 expanded the list of occupational diseases covered by the rebuttable presumption for firefighters. The policy was updated in January 2020 and a new procedure has now been approved to clarify guidelines used to adjudicate cancer and cardiac claims for firefighters.
Physicians (PRO 04/2020)
The WCB works in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) regarding the treatment of injured workers, reporting to the WCB, and the remuneration of physicians. This procedure has been updated in light of recent rate changes.
Annuities (POL & PRO 05/2020)
This policy and procedure establishes guidelines for providing annuities to injured workers or dependent spouses to compensate for the reduction of retirement income caused by a workplace injury. It now clarifies when a qualifying period would pause or restart when there is a suspension of benefits. The documents have also been updated to include a process for board members to review requests for lump-sum payouts for foreign residency and terminal illness.
Maximum Wage Rates – 2021 (POL & PRO 07/2020)
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the maximum wage rates are as follows:
- If the injury date is before Jan. 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $63,995.
- If the injury date is on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $91,100.
Any adjustments in the calculation of loss of earnings because of an increase in the maximum wage rates will occur at the worker’s annual benefit review.
Maximum Assessable Wage Rate – 2021 (POL 08/2020)
Under Section 137(2) of the Act, the WCB is required to set a maximum assessable wage rate for payroll reporting and assessment purposes. The 2021 maximum assessable wage rate will be $91,100.
Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5))
This procedure is an annual update based on the changes to Saskatchewan’s average weekly wage as of June. It establishes the minimum average weekly earnings for workers injured on or after Jan. 1, 1980 and who have been receiving earnings loss compensation for more than 24 months. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the minimum average weekly earnings will not be less than $739.27.
Section 70(5) of the Act is also used to set the minimum assessable for elected officials. For 2021, the minimum assessable for positional coverage will be $38,442.
Minimum Compensation (Section 75)
This procedure is an annual update based on the changes to Saskatchewan’s average weekly wage as of June. In accordance with Section 75 of our Act, this amount is the minimum compensation an injured worker would receive if they are totally unable to work. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the minimum compensation will not be less than $554.45 per week, or the actual amount of the worker’s average earnings.
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