COVID-19 and Workers Compensation

The following provides information for Island workers and employers about COVID-19 as it relates to Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims. Please check here frequently for up to date information.

Are workers eligible for WCB benefits if they have COVID-19?

Most cases of COVID-19 are not work-related. If a worker’s COVID-19 is not work-related, there is no need to report it to the WCB.

If a worker contracts COVID-19 that may be a result of work, they should report it to the WCB to determine if they are eligible for compensation benefits. To have a claim accepted for COVID-19, all of the following conditions must be met:

Ref: WCB policies, Conditions for Entitlement POL-71 and Occupational Disease POL-65

What happens if a worker files a claim?

The WCB adjudicates all claims on a case-by-case basis, including those related to COVID-19. The WCB will be in contact with the worker and their employer about the claim.

Are quarantined or self-isolated workers eligible for benefits?

The WCB is not able to provide compensation for workers who cannot work for preventative or precautionary reasons. As set out in the Workers Compensation Act, compensation is only available for a work-related injury or illness.

Workers in quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate may be eligible for benefits from other sources. Workers should refer to their employers’ sick leave policies and the Government of Canada’s employment insurance policy, which has recently been amended in response to COVID-19.

For workers who have an existing claim and are receiving wage loss benefits:

What happens if a worker cannot attend treatment?

Self-isolation, social distancing and availability of health care services may have an impact on access to treatment for workplace injuries. If this is the case, workers are asked to contact their case worker to discuss their claim.

If a worker has symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the worker should follow the recommendation of their health care provider about isolation and quarantine, and contact their case worker.

Workers who are symptomatic should contact 8-1-1 immediately and follow the directions provided at that time.

Will there be any delay or disruption to WCB benefits during this time?

We do not anticipate any delays or disruptions to benefits at this time. However, we are taking a few extra precautions. We are limiting in-person meetings with employers and workers to essential services only, and will use the phone or other methods to continue providing other WCB services.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

For more information about workers compensation related to COVID-19 check the WCB website or call the WCB at 902-368-5680 or 1-800-237-5049.

Prevention information for employers and workers is availalbe here

For the most updated public health information about COVID-19 please visit:

Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI (March 16, 2020)

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