Farming coverage

Some farm and ranch operations in Alberta are no longer exempt from workers' compensation coverage, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Farms and ranches employing waged workers who are not business owners, or family members of business owners, are now required to have a WCB account. If you haven't already, please register for your account today.

We understand this is a significant change and we expect you'll have questions. We're here to help. We're committed to making this transition as smooth as possible by ensuring the information you need is easily accessible.

If you have any questions about who you have to cover, call us at 1-866-922-9221 or email us at

Farm workers can learn more about the workers' compensation system here.

Set up your 2016 account today

  • You'll be asked for information about your current operations.
  • We will provide information about your coverage and premiums in 2016.

Learn about coverage for farms and ranches

  • What is workers' compensation?
  • Who do you have to cover?
  • What are the benefits and cost of coverage?

Find out what to do if your worker is injured

  • What are your responsibilities for medical treatment and reporting?
  • How can you be prepared to plan your worker's return to work?

Answers to common questions from farm and ranch owners

  • Questions and answers about coverage for workers, family members and subcontractors.

We have developed industry classifications for farming operations to make sure we're grouping businesses together that have similar operations and risks. Below are the new industry classifications as well as each industry's premium rate for 2016.

Industry Description 2016 Rate
(per $100 of insurable earnings)
Agri-tourism farms, greenhouses/market gardens, mushroom producers/bait farms $1.70
Apiaries, fishing/fish or fur farms, goat/sheep producers, hog producers, poultry/egg producers $1.75
Forage & peat moss processing, hay/grain/crop farming, harvesting/baling-custom $2.25
Beef producers, dairy farms, elk/bison producers, feed lots, livestock auctions/stockyards, llama/alpaca producers, riding academies/horse stables $2.97

Already have optional coverage in place for your farm operation? We'll contact you directly to confirm any additional information we need.

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