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Who needs WorkSafeBC coverage?

January 20, 20232 min read

In British Columbia, employers who hire workers to perform work in BC must register with WorkSafeBC and have WorkSafeBC coverage. This includes:

  1. Employers who hire permanent or temporary workers, including full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers.

  1. Employers who hire contractors to perform work in BC. If the contractor does not have their own WorkSafeBC coverage, the hiring employer is responsible for providing coverage.

  1. Sole proprietors, partners, and executive officers who work in construction, and who do not have any employees. These individuals are considered workers under WorkSafeBC and are required to register and have coverage.

  1. Employers in the construction industry: This includes companies involved in building, repairing, or demolishing structures or infrastructure, as well as those involved in excavation or other site preparation work.

  2. Employers in the manufacturing and processing industry: This includes companies involved in the production, processing, or packaging of goods.

  3. Employers in the forestry and logging industry: This includes companies involved in harvesting, processing, or transporting forest products.

  4. Employers in the mining and oil and gas industries: This includes companies involved in the extraction, processing, or transportation of mineral resources or oil and gas.

  5. Employers in the transportation industry: This includes companies involved in the transportation of goods or people, including trucking companies, bus companies, and taxi companies.

  6. Employers in the health care and social services industry: This includes hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities, as well as organizations providing social services.

  7. Employers in the hospitality industry: This includes restaurants, bars, and hotels.

  8. Employers in the retail industry: This includes stores selling goods or services to the public.

There are a few exemptions to WorkSafeBC coverage, including:

  1. Sole proprietors, partners, and executive officers who do not work in construction and who do not have any employees.

  2. Individuals who work as independent operators, such as taxi drivers, real estate agents, and some types of salespeople.

  3. Family members who work in a family business, as long as they are not paid a salary or wages.

It is important for employers to register with WorkSafeBC and have coverage to ensure that their workers are protected in the event of a workplace injury or illness. WorkSafeBC coverage provides benefits such as wage replacement, medical expenses, and rehabilitation services, as well as protection from legal action by workers who are injured on the job.


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