Temporary foreign workers are eligible for benefits for work injuries in Saskatchewan. Employers must report all workplace injuries to the WCB within five days of being made aware of them. It is the law. Find out how to report injuries, contact information, medical services, work permits while injured and information on a return-to-work plan.
The Saskatchewan WCB has updated the policy and procedure governing the adjudication of claims for temporary foreign workers.
This policy pertains to workers who have received a temporary work permit (open or employer-specific) under the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Temporary foreign workers are eligible for benefits for injuries that happen on the job in Saskatchewan.
Employers must report all workplace injuries to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) within five days of being made aware of them. It is the law.
It is important that you maintain contact information for your temporary foreign workers. Know their contact information for their next-of-kin and both their Saskatchewan and home-country address. The WCB will require this information in order to provide benefits in the case of a workplace injury or fatality.
The WCB’s health care services team may expedite medical services for temporary foreign workers in order for them to return to work as quickly as it is safe to do so.
The worker will not lose their permit due to an injury. If the worker’s work permit will expire prior to receiving medical aid, the worker must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a new permit prior to the expiration date.
If IRCC receives the application prior to the expiration date, the worker’s status in Canada will remain intact (“implied status”) while IRCC makes a decision on the application.
The WCB will assist you and your worker in your return-to-work plan.
If the injured worker can go back to work after the injury but requires modified duties, it is your responsibility as the employer to contact CIC to confirm if the worker can use the same work permit for the new tasks or if they require a new one.
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