Worker's Compensation in Canada

Each Canadian province and territory has its own exclusive Workers’ Compensation Board/Commission (WCB) - with the exception of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who share a combined board. As such, the thirteen regions have varying standards that govern the WCB legislation.

Canada Payroll ServiceEmployers report payroll to their respective board, and the WCB uses the reported amounts to determine assessments. The amount that employers report, per worker, is subject to an annual cap or maximum assessable earnings level.

Each board is funded by employer contributions (premiums) that are based on the level of risk associated with their particular industry. Typical premiums are charged a specified dollar amount per $100 of payroll - this amount being known as the “assessment rate”. Maximum assessable earnings are the maximum annual earnings on which workers’ compensation premiums can be based.

Use the table below to review the maximum assessable earning rates for each of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Select a province name to view more detailed information about the region.

Province/Territory 2021 Maximum Assessable Earning Rates
Alberta
  • $98,700 (no change from 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view the Alberta The Workers' Compensation Board website.
British Columbia (B.C.)
  • $100,000 (up from $87,100 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28 (Quarterly payments only) or March 3-11 (deadlines are staggered according to your account number).
  • Click here to view the Workers' Compensation Board of BC website.
Manitoba
  • $127,000 (no change from 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view the The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba website.
New Brunswick
  • $67,100 (up from $66,200 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view New Brunswick's WorkSafeNB website.
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • $67,985 (up from $66,980 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view Newfoundland's WorkplaceNL website.
Northwest Territories (NWT)
  • $94,500 (no change from 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view NWT's Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission website.
Nova Scotia
  • $64,500 (up from $62,000 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: March 31.
  • Click here to view the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia's website.
Nunavut
  • $97,300 (up from $94,500 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view Nunavut's Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission website.
Ontario
  • $102,000 (up from $95,400 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: March 31.
  • Click here to view Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board website.
Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • $55,300 (no change from 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island website.
Quebec
  • $83,500 (up from $78,500 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: March 15.
  • Click here to view the CNESST website.
Saskatchewan
  • $91,100 (up from $88,906 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view the Worker's Compensation Board of Saskatchewan website.
Yukon
  • $91,930 (up from $90,750 in 2020).
  • Filing deadline: February 28.
  • Click here to view the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Board website.

 


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