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Canada's Workers Compensation System

WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe and WCATs

Canada's Workers Compensation Systems

This section has been created to provide injured workers, with important and relevant information about workers compensation systems.

It is important to note that Canada does Not have a federal workers compensation system. However, there is a national organization for Canada’s workers compensation boards. It is called the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada. Their website is

While there is no national workers compensation system, workers who fall under federal jurisdiction are to use the provincial or territorial workers compensation system. In cases where workers work out of country, those workers are to be insured through private insurance.

I have created a sub navigation bar for each province and territory's WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe.
On each of the pages, I have provided information for that respective provincial or territorial’s workers compensation system in that region.

Believe me when I say that the workers compensation systems across Canada are vastly different from each other. This is for no reason.
The only thing I can think of is that they are driven by politics and politics alone.
The first is that is noticeably different are the names vary across Canada. Some still use the traditional name for their board being, the Workers Compensation Board – WCB.
However, a few changed their name and use WorkSafe, while in Ontario, "Typical Ontario", they have to be unique, or more accurately "difficult" and use the name the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board - WSIB.

It is important that all injured workers across Canada become familiar with all the different systems. This is because when asking for something and they reply with that is just the way it is done. Then you can say Oh really, but in ...... they do it this way.

Also another important reason to be familiar with all of Canada’s workers compensation systems is that many injured workers
live in one province/territory and work for an employer in another.
I will cover the rules for each situation and explain how the systems work or don’t work in each case below.