Compensation Because of COVID Exposure at Work?
If you were exposed to COVID-19 at work, became sick and you missed work you may be eligible for compensation from a worker’s compensation organization such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario or WorkSafeBC in British Columbia.
COVID-19 falls within the definition of an occupational disease. Therefore, if you contract COVID-19 at work and are sick, you could be entitled to compensation.
Keep track of all the information you can, such who you may have caught it from and where and when. The more solid evidence you have the better. Document the days of pay you lost and any medical expenses.
A compensation claim should be filed as soon as possible. Visit the worker’s compensation organization for your province and fill out a Form 6 and request that your doctor complete a Form 8 with the COVID-19 diagnosis and submit it.
Check out the Ontario WSIB frequently asked questions page here.
For more information on eligibility see here.
See a list and the contact information for all the compensation boards in Canada here.