WorkSafeBC's corporate fraud policy
To fulfill its statutory mandate, WorkSafeBC will not tolerate fraud or abuse from any party, including employers,
workers, suppliers, service providers or WorkSafeBC staff. We assess risks,
identify areas of exposure and take the corrective measures necessary
to protect WorkSafeBC assets. WorkSafeBC will aggressively seek to protect
and recover any assets where fraud is suspected or confirmed. For more comprehensive information, please read the corporate fraud policy.
The impact of fraud
Fraudulent activity impacts the organization's integrity and accountability
to its stakeholders and adds to the difficulty in maintaining equity within
the workers' compensation system. Fraud affects not only WorkSafeBC, but
all employers and workers whose rights WorkSafeBC must protect and whose
responsibilities WorkSafeBC ensures are upheld.
Fraud is committed when a person knowingly and willfully makes a false
representation to WorkSafeBC, by action or omission, that causes WorkSafeBC
to make payments, provide services that would not have otherwise been
provided, or to not receive payments or services that should have been
Fraud relating to workers' compensation can take many forms. Examples
of activities that concern WorkSafeBC:
- Employers understating or falsifying assessable payrolls
- Injuries not reported as required by the Workers Compensation Act
- Workers submitting false claims or working while in receipt of benefits
- Third party suppliers or providers billing for goods and services
not supplied or services not performed
- Workers, while on a claim, are paid other than by cheque such as:
free rent, reimbursement of expenses or barter
- Employers deducting wages to pay for assessments
- Employers preventing reporting of injuries
- Employer/worker agreements to not report claims or to waive benefits
- Unregistered employers, or those who only register when a claim is
Read frequently asked questions about WorkSafeBC fraud.
How to report fraud
There are a number of ways to report fraud:
- Fill out a fraud
allegation form online.
- Call the Fraud Tip Line at 1 877 523-3315, Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (voice mail after hours), providing as much information
as you can. It's a good idea to write down the information before calling.
- Send an e-mail message to FRAUDINFO@worksafebc.com.
- Submit fraud information by mail to:
Field Investigations Department
Richmond, BC V6Y 2A8
- Fax your information to 604 279-7688.
If you are reporting a safety violation or a workplace health issue, please
call 1 888 621-7233.