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Clearance letters

If the business you hire is not registered or not making its payments to WorkSafeBC, you could be liable for insurance premiums owing in connection with the work or service being performed on your behalf. That's why you should always obtain a clearance letter before a business or contractor starts working for you and again before you make the final payment.

If the firm you are hiring has GoldStar Clearance status, WorkSafeBC will honour the clearance addressed to you to the date indicated on the clearance letter. That means you will not be liable for paying the subcontractor's premiums should that subcontractor default on payments during the period covered by the GoldStar Clearance. Learn more about GoldStar Clearances.

Are you buying the assets of a business?

To check a firm's clearance status choose from the following options:

Public access to clearance letters

Search the clearance status of any firm registered for insurance coverage with WorkSafeBC and then print a clearance letter. The letter tells you whether the business, contractor, or subcontractor you plan to hire is registered with WorkSafeBC and paying its premiums as required.

Note: Clearance letters can now be requested via mobile devices. There’s no need to download an app — just request a letter using the Get a Clearance Letter button below, and you will automatically be directed to the mobile application. Learn more about the mobile device app.

Please note that personal information required for this online application is collected under section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of the administration of the Workers Compensation Act.

Registered user access to clearance letters

Subscribe to Clearance Alert to be notified of changes to a subcontractor's clearance status. Simply enter the names of the subcontractors for whom you'd like to receive updates and we'll send you an e-mail when there is a change to their clearance status. Learn more about the benefits of Clearance Alert.

Are you buying the assets of a business? Call us for a clearance letter.

If the seller is indebted to WorkSafeBC, the firm's assets may be subject to a lien in favour of WorkSafeBC. That's why you should always request a clearance letter when purchasing the assets of a business. While this type of clearance is not available online, you can request a letter by contacting our Clearance Section at 604 244-6380, or toll free at 1 888 922-2768 or by fax at 604 244-6390.

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