The Workers’ Compensation Act protects employees who are injured on the job.
Having some prior knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation Act makes understanding workers’ compensation in Canada a little easier to comprehend.
Workers’ compensation in Canada dates back to 1889 when a committee known as the Royal Commission on the Relations of Labour and Capital expressed concern about dangerous working conditions in a variety of industries. It was decided that proposals for enhancing workplace conditions in Canada should be made by the committee.
Canadian officials, on the other hand, were concerned that implementing these proposals across the board would erode the power of the country’s different provincial governments (similar to the argument for state-level autonomy in the U.S.).
As a member of the Royal Commission on Workers’ Compensation, Justice William Meredith was appointed in 1910. Eventually, in 1913, he completed his final report, which became known as the Meredith Report. Workers lose their right to litigate in exchange for compensatory benefits, according to the document.
In Canada, what types of firms are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance?
Are there any decent guidelines? It is mandatory to carry workers’ compensation insurance if your company is organized or if you have employees. Your province and its workers’ compensation system will determine the specifics, as they have in the past.
To give an example, every business in the Northwest Territories is required to register with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) within 10 days of starting operations—even if you’re a sole proprietorship. Ensure that you are aware of your full duties by checking with each local WCB where your business is located.
There is a worse alternative.
Before you start cursing, take a moment to evaluate the alternatives to Worker’s Compensation in Canada. If one of your employees is hurt on the job, how would you handle the situation? Are you confident that your company will be able to cover their medical bills, as well as any damages that may be awarded by the courts, as well as the costs of their rehabilitation?
Is there anything that can be done if more than one employee is hurt? Injury claims originating from the actions of employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. It helps to protect your company from lawsuits and to compensate your staff for injuries sustained on the job.
In your capacity as an employer, you have certain responsibilities.
As an employer, your responsibilities include working with employees to prevent illness and injury, reporting injuries, and assisting injured employees in returning to work. Other responsibilities include registering with the relevant WCB and paying premiums.
As opposed to federally administered workers’ compensation, provincially administered workers’ compensation varies from province to province and territory to territory. As a result, the specifics of which businesses are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and which businesses may elect not to carry worker’s compensation insurance vary from province to province and territory to territory.
Province-to-province differences in corporate regulations
Corporation directors (registered officers) are not automatically protected in Alberta, but they can apply for optional personal coverage if they like. If your firm is formed in British Columbia, on the other hand, all shareholders or executives who are actively engaged in the company’s business are recognized as employees of the organization.
Employers who operate a limited company in New Brunswick are required to include in their annual reported payroll all individuals receiving a salary from the company, regardless of age, including the owners, executive officers, directors, and managers. This means that if you are paying your children to work for your corporation, you must include them in your report. Age limits apply in other provinces.