You get wage loss benefits while your injury/injuries are temporary. This means that wage loss benefits will end when:
- You recover from your injury; or
- Your condition becomes permanent.
WorkSafeBC will usually provide you a decision letter that outlines their decision to stop your wage loss benefits and as of what date.
WorkSafeBC will consider the following to decide if you have a “temporary” injury:
- Reports from your doctor saying that you cannot go back to work.
- Reports from your doctor describing the kind of treatment you are getting.
- Reports from your doctor saying that you are significantly improving or getting worse as a result of the treatment you are getting.
- The opinion of a WorkSafeBC doctor that your injury will get significantly better or worse in the following 12 months. Sometimes the WorkSafeBC doctor (called a Medical Advisor) will examine you.
For more information visit WorkSafeBC.
- valid health card with no photo, name and address
- valid health card with photo, name and address
- MCP (Medical Care Plan) number
- Valid ambulance/dental services card
- Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour identification number
- Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour file number (Income Support Card).
Proof of residency in Province
- lease agreement
- rent receipt
- household bill
- cable television
- driver's license
- vehicle registration or car insurance
- membership in social or professional organization
- bank information
- employment information
Social Insurance Number
- confirmation of SIN letter
- plastic SIN card (non-expired)
You will need to report your workplace injury or disease to be considered for wage loss benefits. You will need the following information to file a claim:
- Contact information for yourself and your employer
- The date of your injury and how it occurred
- Who you reported your injury to (your employer, health care providers)
- What, if any, days or shifts you’ve missed from work
- Information about any additional employers you may have
- Names and phone numbers of your health care providers (doctor, physiotherapist, etc.)
- Your social insurance number
- Your personal health number (from your BC Services card or CareCard)
- If you've missed time from work, you'll also need to tell us your earnings from your most recent paystub and the past 12 months
There are four ways to report a workplace injury to WorkSafeBC:
- Teleclaim (recommended if you've missed work): 1-888-WORKERS (1.8888.967.5377)
- Create an account with WorkSafeBC
- Report without creating an account
- Form (fax or mail) : Use Application for Compensation and Report of Injury or Occupational Disease (Form 6)
You will be assigned a claim number when your report of injury is received. After filing a claim, you can go online to check the status at Check Claim Status or call the Claims Call Centre.
WorkSafeBC encourages filers to sign up for direct deposit.