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What to expect during an audit

You help cover the cost of work-related injuries and illness and provide protection for employers by reporting payroll and paying premiums. Audits play an important role in ensuring the accuracy of this information and helping employers understand WorkSafeBC policies and practices.

Employers' financial records are subject to audit at any time. If you're audited, we'll verify your assessable payroll and industry classification, adjust your premium, and help ensure you have the resources you need to report your payroll and understand the payment process.

We may ask you to provide the following documents:

  • Financial statements
  • Payroll records including T-4s
  • General ledgers
  • Sales records
  • Contracts

The documents you'll need to provide will depend on the type of work you do and the contractors you've hired.

An audit can take place at your place of business, your accountant's office, or at a location chosen by WorkSafeBC. When we choose the location, we'll give you at least 10 days written notice.

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

Need more information?

If you have any questions or concerns about an audit, please call us at 604.244.6103 in the Lower Mainland, or 1.888.922.2768, local 6103, toll-free elsewhere in Canada.