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Policy Purpose

As provided for in The Workers Compensation Act (the Act), whenever a worker suffers a reportable injury, it is mandatory that his or her employer reports the accident and the resulting injury to the WCB within five business days. The worker's claim depends on the employer's report to ensure prompt adjudication. Because of the importance of the employer’s report to the adjudication process, the Act states that a fine or an administrative penalty may be levied against a late-reporting employer. 

An employer is required to report the accident and the resulting injury within 5 (five) business days from the date of the injury or within five business days from the date the employer first became aware of the injury. This policy sets out the following: 

  • an employer's responsibility for reporting an accident resulting in an injury; 
  • defines a reportable injury; and 
  • specifies when and how late reporting penalties are applied. 
Previous policy versions
January1, 2006 to December 31, 2021
  • This policy applies to accidents between the above dates
  • This policy is numbered and titled Employer Obligation to Pay a Worker for the Day of the Accident. It was rescinded on January 1, 2022.