Temporary Additional Allowance
Effective date: December 1, 2008
All injured workers who as a result of a temporary work injury, as well as those waiting for a PFI assessment, incur additional expenses not covered by any other WCB policy.
Policy subject: Allowance and expenses
To establish guidelines for paying additional, incidental expenses related to the work injury.
- The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved guidelines for reimbursement of temporary additional expenses.
- The following procedure is the implementation of the provisions under POL 15/2008, Allowance – Temporary Additional Expense.
- The Operations staff responsible for managing the worker’s file will review the circumstances with the worker to identify their entitlement to temporary additional expenses under POL 15/2008. The expense must be reasonable to maintain a worker’s pre-injury or current standard of living, not to improve upon it.
- Expenses must be preauthorized and confirmed in writing. The worker will be required to provide copies of original receipts for any additional expenses. Original receipts must be retained for 12 months from submission date, as they may be requested by the WCB for audit purposes.
- These expenses are temporary and will not be reimbursed for expenses incurred outside of the time periods during which the eligible circumstances occur. Therefore, a worker may no longer be eligible for this allowance when:
- Recovered sufficiently such that the need and circumstances covered by Point 1 of POL 15/2008 are no longer applicable; and/or,
- Eligibility for Independence Allowance (IA) (POL 31/2016) has been established. Should there be any duplication of payments for expenses under POL 15/2008 and IA, deduction from future entitlement to IA will be made.
- Where applicable, Personal Care Allowance (POL 10/2014) may be paid at the same time as temporary additional expense, but staff will ensure there is no duplication of payments under POL 10/2014 and POL 15/2008.
01 January 2014. References updated in accordance with The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
01 November 2017. Requirement for original receipts updated to copies of original receipts; however, original receipts must be retained for 12 months from submission date, as they may be requested by the WCB for audit purposes.