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Assessment penalties

We rely on employers to report payroll and pay premiums in order to help cover the cost of work-related injuries and illness in B.C. Employers who don't report payroll and submit their payment by the due date may be charged a penalty.

Penalties for not reporting payroll or not paying premiums are based on the amount of your premiums and appear on your statement of account. The minimum penalty is $50.

Outstanding balances

Unpaid account balances are subject to a 1 percent monthly overdue penalty, which will be reflected in your next statement of account. If you don't make a payment, arrange a payment plan, or follow through with a payment plan, a collection officer will contact you and may start legal proceedings.

Not registering

If you don’t register with us when required, we'll charge retroactive premiums. We may also charge you the total cost of claims that may have occurred while not registered.


An 8 percent penalty may be charged if you are found to under-report payroll or under-pay premiums.

We will not reduce or cancel penalties, except for extraordinary reasons.

Request a review of a penalty

In certain circumstances, you may request a review of an assessment penalty. Before submitting your request, please review Assessment Policy 5-261-1 to see the circumstances in which a penalty may be reduced or cancelled. To make a request, please complete and submit a Request for Penalty Review (Form 18E203).