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Do I have to register for insurance coverage?
Virtually all employers in British Columbia must register for insurance coverage with WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board) to protect their workers. This includes employers in home-based businesses, as well as some contractors, subcontractors and residential employers.
What happens if I don't register?
If you are required to register and don't, you could be fined and charged the total compensation costs of an injury should one of your workers be injured, plus retroactive insurance premiums.
How much does it cost to register?
There is no charge for registering. However, once you obtain WorkSafeBC coverage, you will be charged annual or quarterly premiums for your workplace disability insurance coverage. Premiums are directly related to the industry you're engaged in and the amount of your payroll.
Can I register online?
Most employers, and individuals who want personal coverage, can register online, the fastest way to apply for insurance coverage. Complex registrations may be followed up with a call from the Employer Service Centre.
Can I save the information I enter in the online registration
form and return to it later?
No. For security reasons, you must enter all information and submit the completed form at one time. If you are interrupted during registration you may have to re-enter the data, since the application deletes all information after 20 minutes of inactivity. None of the information you've entered is stored online.
Note: Using the "back" button on your browser will not return you to the information you entered in previous pages. The pages will appear as blank and the information will have to be re-entered.
Is the information I submit online secure?
Yes. For further details, read our security policy.
While online registration is the easiest and fastest way to register,
you can also register by:
Do I need to register if I'm a labour contractor?
Although registration is not mandatory, it is permitted. If you don't register, you and your employees are covered by the prime contractor's registration. The prime contractor is then responsible for paying premiums or reporting work-related injuries.
Labour contractors include unincorporated individuals or partners who:
Do I need to register if I'm a worker?
No. In fact workers cannot register with WorkSafeBC or waive their rights to compensation. A worker is anyone employed full-time, part-time or casually, and who is paid a wage, salary or commission by the job, or on a piecework basis. This includes administration, management and clerical staff as well as labourers.
Do I need to register if I'm building my own home?
If you take on the role of a general contractor in the construction of your own home, you may still be required to register, particularly if you hire workers, such as casual labour, to clean up around your site. Registration may be required, even if the subcontractors you hire carry their own registration. Contact the Employer Service Centre for details. Also, check the status of subcontractors working for you by using our clearance letter service.
Do I need to register if I'm hiring contractors or
Probably. To be sure, contact the Employer Service Centre. Remember, even if you hire subcontractors who carry their own insurance, you should ask for their WorkSafeBC account number. You can verify that they're registered with WorkSafeBC by going to our clearance letter service.
Do I need to register if my business is only in B.C.
The requirement for registration is based on the number of times your business comes (or intends to come) into B.C. This is the criteria for registration:
- If your business comes (or intends to come) into B.C. for a total of 15 or more days each year
- If your business comes (or intends to come) into B.C. for a total of 10 to 14 days as the result of three or more visits within a year
- If your company operates outside B.C. and establishes a place of business in B.C. or employs B.C. residents
Registration not required:
- If your business comes (or intends to come) into B.C. for a total of 10 to 14 days as the result of one or two visits within a year
- If your business comes (or intends to come) into B.C. nine days or less within a year regardless of the number of visits
For more information, contact the Employer Service Centre to determine your registration requirements.
Note: there are special requirements for out-of-province trucking firms. See trucking industry.
What if I'm a shareholder in an incorporated company?
If your business is active, you are required to register. All company shareholders who are actively working in your business are considered to be workers under the Workers Compensation Act and are covered under your company's WorkSafeBC account.
What if I'm working outside of British Columbia?
If you have operations outside of B.C., and are registered with WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C.), it doesn't remove your responsibility to comply with the workers' compensation laws in other provinces, in the territories, or in other countries. Check with the jurisdiction you'll be working in to determine your requirements.
POP coverage is an option for:
Apply for optional
coverage online, or download the Personal
Optional Protection insurance application package. The package contains
both the registration and POP forms, which can be returned by mail or
fax, or in person at any WorkSafeBC office.
Mail the forms to:
WorkSafeBC, Assessment Department
P.O. Box 5350, Station Terminal
Vancouver, BC V6B 5L5
or fax them to 604 244-6490.
Make sure you sign the form and carefully read the terms and conditions of the coverage. Alternatively, you can contact the Employer Service Centre to obtain a copy of the form, and submit it as described above.
Individuals or firms who aren't required to register but would like to anyway may be able to purchase voluntary coverage. Contact the Employer Service Centre for more details.
You're exempt if:
If you registered online:
If you registered by mail or fax:
How do I report my payroll and make my payments to
The quickest and easiest ways are to report and pay online from the comfort of your own computer, or by calling our automated phone system at 604 244-6181 or 1 888 922-2768.
If you prefer, you can use the forms we mail you during the year to report you payroll. If your premiums are $1500 a year or less, you'll need to submit the Employer Payroll and Contract Labour Report once a year along with your payment. If your premiums are more than $1500 a year, you'll be required to submit four payments with your Employer's Remittance Forms, as well as a year-end payment with your Employer Payroll and Contract Labour Report if required.
What if I disagree with my classification?
If you disagree with a classification decision, you may request a review from the Review Division within 90 days of the date of the decision.
If you have questions about the decision, you may ask to have it clarified by the Assessment Department. If additional information comes to light, the department may reconsider its decision at any time.
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