WorkSafeBC (Workers' Compensation)
Virtually every employer (even non-resident employers temporarily working in BC) and every worker in the province (including actors, players, and performers) must abide by the Worker's Compensation Act.
Employers who hire workers -- whether full-time, part-time or casual -- must register with WorkSafeBC and pay premiums. WorkSafeBC benefits include return-to-work rehabilitation, health care and wage-loss benefits for workers injured or suffering an occupational disease as a result of their employment. In addition, employers are protected from lawsuits.
Workers must also abide by the workplace safety and health regulations. WorkSafeBC also provides education, consultation and enforcement of the regulations.
If you are uncertain about your need to register, please contact the WorkSafeBC Employer Services Centre (contact information below). It is important to recognize that an employer who is not registered at the time of a work injury to a worker may be charged with the total compensation costs of that injury along with additional retroactive premiums.
NOTE: WorkSafeBC coverage must be in place before an employment agreement is signed.
Employers may register over the internet or by telephone.
WorkSafeBC Employer Service Centre
Telephone: 1-604-244-6181 (long distance outside the Lower Mainland)
Toll-Free in Canada: 1-888-922-2768