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 other costs in the following situations:
- Pre-existing conditions or injury following return to work
WCB policy explains explains cost relief is applied because of a worker’s pre-existing condition or injury following return to work.
A claim may be eligible for cost relief if:
- A work-related injury is attributed solely to a worker's pre-existing condition.
- 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.
- A secondary injury, disease or condition occurs because of a worker's initial work injury.
- Any other situation as directed by WCB policy. For example:
- A worker receives benefits during a notice period while unable to participate in health care or an individual vocational plan.
- 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.
- The employer no longer reports to the WCB or cannot be confirmed.
- 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
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