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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 December 31, 2021, with claim eligibility decisions as of December 31. 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

4,655 1,468 146 196 19 666 7,150
Service - Health Care and Social Services 2,478 529 45 45 1 159 3,257
Service - Education 385 94 8 36 2 22 547
Service – Other subsectors (including business, professional and other services) 258 86 17 12 5 86 464
Trade - Retail 139 136 20 13 1 61 370
Agriculture 293 31 1 6 331
Construction 182 55 8 12 2 62 321
Service - Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 134 44 6 30 57 271
Self-insured employers 131 68 4 6 1 53 263
Transportation and Related Services 115 64 4 6 1 37 227
Public Administration 129 58 4 9 1 9 210
Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products 148 26 2 3 13 192
Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 62 18 5 2 7 94
Trade - Wholesale 50 6 6 24 86
Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products 35 12 3 17 67
Manufacturing - Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 45 7 1 3 56
Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources 40 3 1 8 52
Manufacturing - Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products 19 3 1 1 7 31
Forestry 4 3 1 1 4 13
Warehousing 1 1
Unknown employer or sector 8 225 12 16 5 31 297

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 76%.

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 22 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 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 1192
Long-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 1170
Public School District Education 514
Residential Social Service Facility Health Care and Social Services 271
Community Health Support Services Health Care and Social Services 238
Supermarket Retail 221
Local Government and Related Operations Public Administration 145
Counselling or Social Services (not elsewhere specified) Health Care and Social Services 119
Poultry Processing Food and Beverage Products 116
Vegetable Greenhouse Agriculture 111
Restaurant or Other Dining Establishment Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 106
White Mushroom Farming Agriculture 104
Earth and Rock Filled Structure Construction Road Construction or Maintenance 90
Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 81
Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only) Health Care and Social Services 72
General Retail (not elsewhere specified) Retail 65
Fruit or Vegetable Packing or Packaging Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 63
Law Enforcement Public Administration 57
Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care Health Care and Social Services 55
Commercial Bus, Shuttle Operations, or Public Transit (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 46
Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 42
General Trucking (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 39
Electric or Electronic Product or Component Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 38
Security or Patrol Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 38
Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production Agriculture 36
Large Retail Store (not elsewhere specified) Retail 33
Coffee Shops, Ice Cream Parlours, or Other Food Concessions (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 32
Meat Cutting, Packing, Processing, or Canning Food and Beverage Products 31
Poultry Farming and Related Services Agriculture 30
Plumbing, Heating, Vent, Residential Air Conditioning, or Central Vacuum System Installation or Repair General Construction 30
Floral Greenhouse Agriculture 28
Physician Professional Services Health Care and Social Services 27
Auto Dealership or Auto Sales Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 27
Courier or Local Delivery Services (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 27
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional or Highrise Residential General Contracting or Construction General Construction 26
Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy Health Care and Social Services 26
Financial Services (not elsewhere specified) Business Services 25
Open Pit Coal Mining Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources 25
Motion Picture, Commercial, or Television Production Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 25
Marine Container Terminal Transportation and Related Services 25
Overnight and Short-term Accommodation (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 24
Oil or Gas Drilling Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources 24
Ski Hill Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 23
Alcohol or Drug Treatment Centre Health Care and Social Services 23
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Manufacture or Installation (greater than 500 lb.) Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 22
Food, Beverage, or Tobacco Product Wholesale Wholesale 22
Ferry Service Transportation and Related Services 20
Call Centre, Telemarketing, or Market Research Business Services 19
Food Product Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Food and Beverage Products 19
Advanced Education Education 18
Excavation, or Private Landfill or Transfer Station Operation General Construction 18
Aircraft Handling or Fueling Transportation and Related Services 18
Outdoor Sport Tour Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 17
Pub, Bar, Night Club, or Lounge Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 17
Concrete Reinforcing General Construction 17
Structural Concrete Forming General Construction 17
Commercial Marine Vessel Manufacture, Service, or Repair Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 17
Wholesale (not elsewhere specified) Wholesale 17
Construction Labour Supply or General Labour Supply (not elsewhere specified) General Construction 16
Veneer or Plywood Manufacture Wood and Paper Products 16
Life and Job Skills Training Health Care and Social Services 15
Auto Service or Repair Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 15
Convenience Store, Farm Market, or Specialty Food Store Retail 13
Insurance, Actuarial or Bonding Services Business Services 12
House or Other Wood Frame General Contracting, Construction, or Renovation Work General Construction 12
Religious Organization Health Care and Social Services 12
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Sales, Rental, Service, or Repair (greater than 500 lb) (not elsewhere specified) Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 12
Electric Utilities Utilities 12
Industrial Camp Operations Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 11
Independent or Private Primary or Secondary School Education 11
Concrete Placing, Finishing, Surfacing, or Repair General Construction 11
Scaffolding, Tent, Staging, or Display Booth Rental and Installation General Construction 11
Drug, Vitamin, or Pharmaceutical Manufacture Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products 11
Clothing, Linen, or Other Textile Wholesale Wholesale 11
Electronic Equipment or Light Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Wholesale (less than 500 lb.) Wholesale 11
Hair Cutting, Styling or Esthetic Services Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 10
Baked Goods Manufacture Food and Beverage Products 10
Electrical Work General Construction 10
Home Improvement Centre Retail 10
Fixed Wing Instrument Flight Rule Operation Transportation and Related Services 10
Short-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 9
Specialized Public Transit Services Transportation and Related Services 9
Fish Processing, Fish Reduction, or Fish Canning Food and Beverage Products 8
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
Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Metal Products Fabricated from Structural Steel Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 8
First Nations Operations Public Administration 8
Butcher Shop Retail 8
Car or Truck Rental 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
Fur Bearing Animal Farming Agriculture 7
Dentistry or Ancillary Dental Services Health Care and Social Services 7
Hiring or Providing Companion Services or Domestic Childcare Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 7
Barge, Tug, or Other Water Transport of Goods (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 7
Orchard Agriculture 6
Forest Fire Fighting Forestry 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
Truck Body or Trailer Manufacture Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Vinyl Framed Windows Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 6
Landscaping, Lawn or Garden Maintenance, or Weed Control Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 6
Distribution Centre Transportation and Related Services 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
Consulting Engineering, Geological, Geophysical, or Geochemical Consulting, or Construction Management Consulting Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 5
Sawmill Wood and Paper Products 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 6,123
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 1,012
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 693
Licensed practical nurses 379
Social and community service workers 325
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 210
Nursery and greenhouse workers 140
Light duty cleaners 123
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 114
Harvesting labourers 96
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers 92
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 91
Firefighters 80
Secondary school teachers 68
Correctional service officers 64
General farm workers 64
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing 59
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 58
Retail salespersons 54
Construction trades helpers and labourers 53
Police officers (except commissioned) 52
Cashiers 50
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers 48
General office support workers 46
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) 45
Paramedical occupations 42
Material handlers 40
Retail and wholesale trade managers 39
Security guards and related security service occupations 39
Sheriffs and bailiffs 39
Other customer and information services representatives 37
Transport truck drivers 37
Carpenters 34
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 34
Receptionists 34
Cooks 32
Early childhood educators and assistants 32
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 32
Electricians (except industrial and power system) 30
Food and beverage servers 29
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators 27
Pursers and flight attendants 27
Shippers and receivers 25
Managers in social, community and correctional services 23
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 23
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 23
Retail sales supervisors 23
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 21
Testers and graders, food, beverage and associated products processing 21
Longshore workers 20
Personnel clerks 20
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 19
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 19
Administrative assistants 18
General practitioners and family physicians 17
Plumbers 17
Medical radiation technologists 16
Managers in health care 15
Physiotherapists 15
Occupational therapists 14
Silviculture and forestry workers 14
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers 14
Social workers 13
Welders and related machine operators 13
Crane operators 12
Administrative officers 11
Dispatchers 11
Food service supervisors 11
Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators 11
Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities 11
Airline ticket and service agents 10
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers 10
Delivery and courier service drivers 10
Public works and maintenance labourers 10
Restaurant and food service managers 10
Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers 9
Family, marriage and other related counsellors 9
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations 9
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 8
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale 8
Construction managers 8
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews 8
Educational counsellors 8
Financial auditors and accountants 8
Professional occupations in religion 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
Mechanical engineers 7
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 7
Accounting and related clerks 6
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades 6
Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations 6
Elevator constructors and mechanics 6
Financial sales representatives 6
Hairstylists and barbers 6
Inspectors and graders, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing 6
Managers in transportation 6
Manufacturing managers 6
Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 6
Other services supervisors 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
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors 5
Allied primary health practitioners 5
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 5
Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers 5
Labourers in fish and seafood processing 5
Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 5
Mail, postal and related workers 5
Other administrative services managers 5
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) 5
Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) 5
Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers 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* 309

*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 4,655 1,468
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 896 116
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 528 165
Licensed practical nurses 346 33
Social and community service workers 273 52
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 187 23
Nursery and greenhouse workers 134 6
Light duty cleaners 106 17
Harvesting labourers 83 13
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 77 37
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers 77 15
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 70 21
Secondary school teachers 56 12
General farm workers 55 9
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing 52 7
Firefighters 51 29
Correctional service officers 40 24
Police officers (except commissioned) 36 16
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 35 23
Construction trades helpers and labourers 35 18
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) 34 11
Material handlers 33 7
Retail salespersons 30 24
Cashiers 30 20
Other customer and information services representatives 30 7
General office support workers 29 17
Paramedical occupations 29 13
Retail and wholesale trade managers 28 11
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers 25 23
Transport truck drivers 25 12
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 23 9
Security guards and related security service occupations 22 17
Receptionists 22 12
Early childhood educators and assistants 22 10
Shippers and receivers 19 6
Pursers and flight attendants 18 9
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 18 5
Sheriffs and bailiffs 17 22
Food and beverage servers 16 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 14 20
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators 14 13
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 14 5
Longshore workers 11 9
General practitioners and family physicians 8 9
Public works and maintenance labourers 5 5