Fact sheets

This series of fact sheets provides you with information on a variety of topics. If you still have questions, or can't find the information you're looking for, please contact us.

Account information

  • New account holders
    Find out more about your responsibilities as an employer, what optional personal coverage is, as well as the online services available through myWCB.

Alberta employer performance data

  • Ministry of Labour employer data publication
    Information to help you interpret the data published by the Ministry. This report includes claim counts, injury rates and occupational fatality numbers for Alberta employers.

Appeals

Claims and benefits

  • Claims correspondence
    You can receive most of your claims correspondence online through myWCB. If you sign up for this option, all claim-related correspondence will automatically be sent electronically. The exception is correspondence with attachments and resends, which will still be sent by mail or fax.
  • Cost of living adjustment (2016)
    For compensation purposes, a worker’s benefits reflect his or her earnings at the time of injury. The annual Cost of living adjustment (COLA) restates the worker’s date-of-accident earnings in current dollars so today’s benefits reflect the worker’s real wage loss.
  • T5007 summary report
    This is a list of your employees who will receive a T5007 tax form from WCB.
  • No time-lost claims processing
    This fact sheet outlines the steps used for processing a no-time-lost claim. This is when a worker returns to regular duties without losing time from work beyond the day of injury and doesn't have a permanent disability.
  • Requesting a claim file
    Find out how you can request a copy of your worker's claim file for appeal or cost relief purposes.
  • Transferring claim costs
    There are times when claim costs can be transferred to another employer when it's determined that the claim was a result of negligence on the part of the other employer or their worker.
  • Workplace fatalities
    Information about death benefits, funeral costs, grief counselling services and benefit entitlement.

Coverage

  • Assuming responsibilities for a worker not under the Act (Deeming Order)
    A deeming order can be used when you hire workers not covered under the Workers' Compensation Act. They will be deemed your workers for compensation purposes while working for you.
  • Condominium corporations
    Workers' compensation insurance is required by law for employers operating a condominium property if workers are employed.
  • Coverage for exempt industries
    Not all industries are automatically covered by workers’ compensation insurance. You may voluntarily apply to have your workers protected if you're working in an exempt industry.
  • Employer-provided premises
    Key factors are considered when looking at injuries that happen in employer-provided premises.
  • Employer-provided transportation
    We look at some key factors in determining if these injuries are covered through workers’ compensation coverage.
  • Farming coverage
    Learn about coverage for farming and ranching operations, including who's covered and the benefits and cost of this coverage.
  • Foreign companies
    Foreign companies and their workers may not be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage in Alberta.
  • How claims affect your premium
    Whether you are a small or large business, learn how claims affect your claims experience.
  • Interprovincial transportation
    WCBs across Canada have simplified the registration and premium payment process for employers in specified transportation industries.
  • Guaranteed coverage amount for personal coverage
    There are guaranteed coverage amounts for more than 130 industries.
  • Out-of-province coverage
    A look at some factors to keep in mind when your workers are working out-of-province.
  • Personal coverage
    This is optional coverage for people not automatically covered through the workers' compensation system. This includes business owners with or without workers, partnerships with workers, and directors of a corporation and members of a society, board, authority, commission or foundation.
  • Pooling of labour
    Pooling of labour happens when a contractor provides services on a contract and hires one or more helpers to complete the contract.
  • Student coverage
    Students in college or university are covered through workers' compensation insurance.
  • Telecommuting
    Telecommuting workers may be covered by workers' compensation insurance.
  • Temporary foreign workers
    Temporary foreign workers are covered by workers' compensation insurance.
  • Who do I have to cover?
    If you operate in a compulsory industry, you are required to provide coverage for all of your workers.

Financial

Injury support services

  • Back injury program
    The back program incorporates a case plan that uses the combination of early intervention and the identification of modified work as its basis.
  • Medical panels
    Medical panels provide impartial, independent decision making to resolve medical issues that affect an injured worker's right to compensation.
  • Psychological injury
    Tips on how you can support your injured worker while he/she recovers from a psychological injury.
  • Shoulder injury program
    This program minimizes the effects of shoulder injuries by using a combination of a specialized assessment and various treatments.

Privacy legislation

Premiums

  • Minimum premium
    A minimum premium amount is charged to make sure there's an equal distribution of costs among employers.
  • Poor performance surcharge (PPS)
    PPS applies to employers who have reached the maximum surcharge for their size in the large employer experience rating plan.
  • Premium audits
    A premium audit is a review of your financial reporting system, verifying the earnings you’ve reported to WCB.
  • Premium rate statement
    A premium rate statement advises you of discounts or surcharges to your industry rate.
  • Protecting the workers' compensation system
    When someone is intentionally dishonest to obtain money or services to which they are not entitled, there are repercussions for all of us. Find out more about how you can help protect the workers' compensation system from misuse.
  • Safety associations
    Safety associations are a great resource to tap into. They can help you continue to build your safety program, provide you with safety resources, and more. Find out how they can help you.

Industry Custom Pricing (ICP)

Reporting earnings

  • Prorating insurable earnings
    Detailed information if you need to divide your workers’ earnings between accounts, industries and/or provinces.
  • Reporting insurable earnings
    You're required to report your workers’ insurable earnings at the end of February each year in your annual return.
  • Tips and gratuities
    Find out more about how tips and gratuities affect insurable earnings.

Reporting an injury

Return to work

  • Return to work planning meetings
    These meetings are used to develop a customized return-to-work plan that ensures your worker can return to work safely.
  • Temporary modified work
    Temporary modified work includes any changes, restrictions or limitations to your injured worker's regular job duties.
  • Training-on-the-job program
    This training program is designed to help injured workers who are no longer able to go back to their regular job. The worker develops skills and gains work experience while you receive financial assistance from WCB during the training period.

Services for employers