Workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a type of no-fault disability insurance. Employees who are injured at work receive compensation for lost income, health care and other related costs.

The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) administers the workers' compensation system for the province under the Workers' Compensation Act.

Compulsory coverage

For most industries in Alberta, workers’ compensation coverage is required by law. If you are operating in a compulsory industry, you must open a WCB account when you have regular, casual or contract employees.

Voluntary coverage

Some industries are exempt from workers’ compensation insurance. If you operate in an exempt industry you may apply for voluntary coverage. Employers and workers covered by voluntary accounts may be eligible for all of the benefits of workers’ compensation insurance.