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COVID-19 claims data

The following tables show the cumulative number of claims submitted to WorkSafeBC related to a COVID-19 exposure since the beginning of the pandemic. The tables show a point-in–time status of claims as they make their way through the adjudicative process. Please note that WorkSafeBC claims data may differ from COVID-19 data published by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). The numbers reported here represent claims submitted by workers for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure, compared with the PHSA's COVID-19 data for the general population.

The data reflects claims registered to September 30, 2021, with claim eligibility decisions as of October 2. These numbers will fluctuate over time, as eligibility decisions and employer information continue to be updated. This information will be updated monthly.

Monthly COVID-19 claims reported (in the last 12 months)

Claims Registered for COVID-19 Illness by registration month 

All COVID claims data by industry


Eligibility Decision


Allowed

Disallowed

No
adjudication
required

Pending

Rejected

Suspended

Total

Total

4,242 1,398 145 146 18 567 6,516
Service - Health Care and Social Services 2,252 501 45 49 2 127 2,976
Service - Education 328 90 8 7 2 13 448
Service – Other subsectors (including business, professional and other services)
243 81 17 12 4 79 436
Trade - Retail 125 131 20 9 1 51 337
Agriculture
285 31   5   4 325
Construction
 154 50 7 13 2 48 274
Self-insured employers 124 65 4 6 1 48 248
Service - Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 123 41 6 8   53 231
Transportation and Related Services 109 57 4 8
30 208
Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products
148 24 2 1   12 187
Public Administration 117 55 4 4 1 6 187
Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products
57 17 5 1   6 86
Trade - Wholesale 50 6 6 2 1 21 86
Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products
27 11 3 6   16 63
Manufacturing - Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 44 7   2   2 55
Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources
30 3   3   9 45
Manufacturing - Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products 17 1 1
1   7 27
Forestry 4 3 1     4 12
Unknown employer or sector 5 224 12 9 2 31 285

You can also view claims registered in 2020 only.

As of August 20, 2020, claims registered for COVID-19 are first considered under Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act. Schedule 1 provides a presumption that communicable viral pathogens, such as COVID-19, are caused from work, unless proven otherwise. In order for the presumption to apply, the worker must be at a significantly higher risk of exposure than the public at large and the evidence would still have to show that the worker has contracted COVID-19, based on tests or symptom cluster.

When claims for COVID-19 do not meet the requirements of Schedule 1, claims submitted for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. WorkSafeBC will look at details such as whether the worker has a diagnosis of COVID-19, their symptoms, their exposure history, and whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk.

Most of the disallowed claims are “exposure only” – that is, the worker was potentially exposed, tested, and/or required to self-isolate, but didn’t actually develop the illness, as confirmed with a negative test result or absence of symptoms.

When the exposure-only claims are excluded from the disallowed claims, the allow rate is approximately 94%. This better reflects the allow rate on claims where the worker developed COVID-19.

  • In the 6% of claims that were disallowed, either COVID-19 was confirmed but there was no exposure in the workplace; or there was not sufficient evidence to establish that the worker had COVID-19 or any disease or condition caused by work.
  • When the exposure-only claims are included in the disallowed claims, the allow rate is approximately 75%.

Not all claims registered receive an allow or disallow decision. Some claims are suspended when insufficient information is available, or a worker decides not to proceed with the requirements of the claims process. Suspended claims may proceed at a future point and be allowed or disallowed.

A smaller number of claims are classified as no adjudication required, or rejected. No adjudication required claims may have been filed in error or there was nothing to consider as the worker did not seek medical attention and did not miss any time from work. Rejected claims are those that do not fall within the scope of the Act: either claims from workers employed in industries not covered under the Act or claims from self-employed workers without optional protection.

Pending claims do not yet have sufficient information to make an eligibility decision. These claims could be waiting for test results or other evidence required to make a decision.

Unknown employer or sector means that the employer has not yet been identified or the employer and/or the specific claim have not yet been assigned to an industry classification unit and sector.

Occupation coding may be updated when additional information is available on the claim file. Not all disallowed claims have sufficient information on the claim to code the occupation of the worker; particularly when there is a negative test result and occupational information is not required to make the eligibility decision.

Timeliness to eligibility decision on COVID-19 claims

For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been allowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the allow decision was 21 days.

For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been disallowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the disallow decision was 23 days.

On average, the number of days to a disallow decision is longer than for allow decisions. The reason for the additional time is to wait at least 14 days from the last potential exposure before disallowing a claim, in the event symptoms present themselves later in the incubation period. This extra time is necessary to confirm the worker did not contract the disease.

Classification units with 5 or more claims registered for COVID-19

Subsectors are further broken down into classification units. The data table above is presented at the industry sector or subsector level and the table below provides additional information for COVID-19 claims registered by classification unit.

Industry classification unit
Industry subsector Claims registered
Acute Care Health Care and Social Services 1,114
Long-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 1,090
Public School District Education 421
Residential Social Service Facility Health Care and Social Services 237
Community Health Support Services Health Care and Social Services 208
Supermarket Retail 199
Local Government and Related Operations Public Administration 130
Poultry Processing
Food and Beverage Products 116
Vegetable Greenhouse
Agriculture
110
White Mushroom Farming Agriculture 104
Counselling or Social Services (not elsewhere specified)
Health Care and Social Services
97
Restaurant or Other Dining Establishment Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 92
Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 79
Earth and Rock Filled Structure Construction
Road Construction or Maintenance
74
Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only) Health Care and Social Services 66
Fruit or Vegetable Packing or Packaging Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 63
General Retail (not elsewhere specified)
Retail
58
Law Enforcement Public Administration 52
Commercial Bus, Shuttle Operations, or Public Transit (not elsewhere specified)
Transportation and Related Services
40
Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care
Health Care and Social Services
38
Electric or Electronic Product or Component Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 38
General Trucking (not elsewhere specified)
Transportation and Related Services
38
Security or Patrol Services
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
37
Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production Agriculture 36
Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
34
Coffee Shops, Ice Cream Parlours, or Other Food Concessions (not elsewhere specified)
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
32
Large Retail Store (not elsewhere specified)
Retail
32
Poultry Farming and Related Services Agriculture 30
Meat Cutting, Packing, Processing, or Canning
Food and Beverage Products
30
Plumbing, Heating, Vent, Residential Air Conditioning, or Central Vacuum System Installation or Repair General Construction 30
Physician Professional Services
Health Care and Social Services
27
Financial Services (not elsewhere specified)
Business Services
25 
Marine Container Terminal Transportation and Related Services 25
Floral Greenhouse
Agriculture
24
Open Pit Coal Mining
Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources
24
Auto Dealership or Auto Sales
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
24
Motion Picture, Commercial, or Television Production
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
24
Ski Hill
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
23
Courier or Local Delivery Services (not elsewhere specified)
Transportation and Related Services
23
Alcohol or Drug Treatment Centre
Health Care and Social Services
22
Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
Health Care and Social Services
22
Food, Beverage, or Tobacco Product Wholesale
Wholesale
22
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Manufacture or Installation (greater than 500 lb.) Metal or Non-Metallic Mineral Products 21
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional or Highrise Residential General Contracting or Construction
General Construction
20
Ferry Service
Transportation and Related Services
20
Overnight and Short-term Accommodation (not elsewhere specified)
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
19
Call Centre, Telemarketing, or Market Research Business Services 19
Food Product Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Food and Beverage Products 19
Oil or Gas Drilling
Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources
18
Aircraft Handling or Fueling Transportation and Related Services 18
Pub, Bar, Night Club, or Lounge
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
17
Concrete Reinforcing
General Construction
17
Structural Concrete Forming
General Construction
17
Construction Labour Supply or General Labour Supply (not elsewhere specified) General Construction 16
Wholesale (not elsewhere specified)
Wholesale
16
Veneer or Plywood Manufacture
Wood and Paper Products
16
Advanced Education
Education
14
Commercial Marine Vessel Manufacture, Service, or Repair
Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 14
Auto Service or Repair
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
12
Convenience Store, Farm Market, or Specialty Food Store Retail 12
Electric Utilities Utilities 12
Clothing, Linen, or Other Textile Wholesale Wholesale 12
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Sales, Rental, Service, or Repair (greater than 500 lb) (not elsewhere specified)
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
11
Drug, Vitamin, or Pharmaceutical Manufacture
Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products
11
Electronic Equipment or Light Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Wholesale (less than 500 lb.) Wholesale 11
Hair Styling Establishment or Esthetic Services Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 10
Insurance, Actuarial or Bonding Services Business Services 10
Independent or Private Primary or Secondary School
Education
10
Baked Goods Manufacture
Food and Beverage Products
10
Concrete Placing, Finishing, Surfacing, or Repair
General Construction
10
Electrical Work
General Construction 10
House or Other Wood Frame General Contracting, Construction, or Renovation Work
General Construction
 10
Life and Job Skills Training
Health Care and Social Services
10 
Home Improvement Centre Retail 10
Religious Organization Health Care and Social Services
9
Short-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 9
Fixed Wing Instrument Flight Rule Operation Transportation and Related Services 9
Specialized Public Transit Services Transportation and Related Services 9
Power Pole, Powerline, or Transmission Line Installation, Service, or Repair General Construction 8
Elevator or Escalator Manufacture, Installation, Service, or Repair Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 8
Butcher Shop Retail 8
Electrical, Plumbing or Heating Supplies, or Packaged Building Supplies, Hardware, or Other Metal Product Wholesale Wholesale 8
Medical Supplies Wholesale or Film Distribution Wholesale 8
Pulp and Paper Mill Wood and Paper Products 8
Catering Services (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Outdoor Sport Tour Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Fur Bearing Animal Farming Agriculture 7
Excavation, or Private Landfill or Transfer Station Operation
General Construction
7
Dentistry or Ancillary Dental Services Health Care and Social Services 7
Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Metal Products Fabricated from Structural Steel
Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products
7
Car or Truck Rental
Retail
7
Barge, Tug, or Other Water Transport of Goods (not elsewhere specified)
Transportation and Related Services
7
Orchard Agriculture 6
Fish Processing, Fish Reduction, or Fish Canning
Food and Beverage Products
6
Forest Fire Fighting Forestry 6
Scaffolding, Tent, Staging, or Display Booth Rental and Installation General Construction 6
Laboratory Services (not elsewhere specified) Health Care and Social Services 6
Die Casting or Non-Ferrous Foundry Operations Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Machine Shop Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Hiring or Providing Companion Services or Domestic Childcare
Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 6
Landscaping, Lawn or Garden Maintenance, or Weed Control Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 6
Paper Product Manufacture (not elsewhere specified)
Wood and Paper Products
6
Wooden Furniture Manufacture Wood and Paper Products 6
Building Management, Building Rental, or Mobile Home Parks and Strata Corporations
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
 5 
Casino or Other Gaming Operations (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 5
Berry Farming Agriculture 5
Custom Brokerage or Freight Forwarding (including handling of goods)
Business Services 5
Finishing Carpentry General Construction 5
Truck Body or Trailer Manufacture Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 5
Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Vinyl Framed Windows Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 5
Consulting Engineering, Geological, Geophysical, or Geochemical Consulting, or Construction Management Consulting
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 5
First Nations Operations Public Administration 5
Woodworking or Carpentry Shop
Wood and Paper Products
5

Occupations with 5 or more claims that have been registered for COVID-19 and have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision

Of the COVID-19 claims registered, a subset have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision. Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.

In order to protect privacy, only occupations with a total claims allowed plus disallowed greater than 5 are listed.

Occupation COVID-19 claims with an
allow or disallow decision
Total - all occupations 5,640
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 928
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 646
Licensed practical nurses 358
Social and community service workers 283
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
180
Nursery and greenhouse workers
135
Light duty cleaners 117
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
101
Harvesting labourers 96
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
92
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 88
Firefighters 78
Secondary school teachers 66
Correctional service officers
62
General farm workers 62
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
58
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 54
Retail salespersons
54
Police officers (except commissioned) 49
Construction trades helpers and labourers
48
General office support workers 46
Cashiers
44
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers 44
Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
42
Material handlers
40
Sheriffs and bailiffs 38
Security guards and related security service occupations
37
Retail and wholesale trade managers
36
Other customer and information services representatives
35
Transport truck drivers
34
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 32
Receptionists 32
Paramedical occupations
31
Carpenters
30
Cooks
29
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
29
Food and beverage servers
28
Electricians (except industrial and power system) 26
Pursers and flight attendants
26
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 23
Retail sales supervisors
23
Shippers and receivers
23
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
22
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
21
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
21
Early childhood educators and assistants
21
Managers in social, community and correctional services
21
Testers and graders, food, beverage and associated products processing
21
Longshore workers
20
Personnel clerks
20
Administrative assistants
18
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
17
Plumbers
17
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 16
General practitioners and family physicians 15
Managers in health care 15
Medical radiation technologists 15
Occupational therapists 14
Physiotherapists 14
Silviculture and forestry workers
13
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers 13
Social workers 12
Crane operators
11
Food service supervisors
 11 
Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
11
Administrative officers
10
Airline ticket and service agents
10
Delivery and courier service drivers
10
Public works and maintenance labourers
10
Restaurant and food service managers
10
Dispatchers 9
Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
9
Welders and related machine operators
9
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 8
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale
8
Construction managers
Financial auditors and accountants
8
Railway conductors and brakemen/women
8
Residential and commercial installers and servicers
8
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
8
Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
8
Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
8
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7
Educational counsellors
7
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
7
Mechanical engineers
7
Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 7
Accounting and related clerks 6
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
6
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers 6
Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations 6
Elevator constructors and mechanics 6
Financial sales representatives
Hairstylists and barbers 6
Inspectors and graders, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
6
Manufacturing managers 6
Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 6
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
6
Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. 6
Production logistics co-ordinators
6
Railway and motor transport labourers 6
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education 6
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
6
Storekeepers and partspersons
6
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 5
Allied primary health practitioners 5
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 5
Mail, postal and related workers 5
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
5
Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities 5
Specialist physicians 5
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5
Water transport deck and engine room crew
5
Waterworks and gas maintenance workers 5
Not coded with occupation* 272

*Occupation information not submitted or obtained, as not required to make eligibility decision on these claims.

Breakdown of allow and disallow decisions for occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims

Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.

In order to protect privacy, only occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims are listed.

Occupation COVID-19 claims Allowed COVID-19 claims Disallowed
Total - all occupations 4,242 1,398
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 818 110
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 487 159
Licensed practical nurses 327 31
Social and community service workers 234 49
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 159 21
Nursery and greenhouse workers 129 6
Light duty cleaners 101 16
Harvesting labourers 83 13
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
77 15
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
68 20
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 66 35
Secondary school teachers
53 13
General farm workers 53 9
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
52 6
Firefighters 50 28
Correctional service officers 38 24
Police officers (except commissioned)
34 15
Material handlers
33 7
Construction trades helpers and labourers
32 16
Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
32 10
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 31 23
Retail salespersons
30 24
Other customer and information services representatives 30 5
General office support workers
29 17
Cashiers
25 19
Retail and wholesale trade managers
25 11
Transport truck drivers 23 11
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
22 22
Security guards and related security service occupations
20 17
Receptionists
20 12
Paramedical occupations
20 11
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 20 9
Pursers and flight attendants
18 8
Shippers and receivers
18 5
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
17 5
Sheriffs and bailiffs
16 22
Early childhood educators and assistants
16 5
Food and beverage servers
15 13
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
15  8
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
15 6
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
13 19
Longshore workers
11 9
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
10 11
General practitioners and family physicians 7 8
Public works and maintenance labourers 5 5