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REGISTERING WITH THE WCB IN SASKATCHEWAN

 

(Workers' Compensation Board)

 

Do I have to register?

Generally, you must register if your firm:

  • Works in an industry that is defined as mandatory under the Act;
  • Employs and pays workers on a regular, casual or contract basis;
  • Is incorporated and the directors are paid a regular, predetermined salary;
  • Comes from another province or country and meets the requirements under Saskatchewan legislation.
Optional registration
As an employer (including proprietor or spouse, partner or spouse, or director of a limited company not on a regular salary), you aren’t personally covered if you’re injured at work. However, you can protect yourself by purchasing optional personal coverage.

Sole Proprietorship or Partnership
As a sole proprietor or partner, you and your spouse can apply for optional personal coverage. All other workers are automatically covered, regardless of age, including other family members who are employed by and receive wages from the firm.

Limited company
Optional coverage is available to any director that is not paid a regular predetermined salary. A director that is on the payroll of a limited company and paid a regular predetermined salary is automatically covered as a worker.

We make it easy to register for WCB. For a fee of only $50 plus tax, we will prepare and submit all required documents to the WCB office for registration. The process usually takes between 7 and 10 business days. Once you receive your WCB number, you are covered by the WCB insurance.

 

Submit your WCB registration online.

   

 

 


Frequently asked questions

Do I have to register for insurance coverage?
Generally, you must register if your firm:

  • Works in an industry that is defined as mandatory under the Act;
  • Employs and pays workers on a regular, casual or contract basis;
  • Is incorporated and the directors are paid a regular, predetermined salary;
  • Comes from another province or country and meets the requirements under Saskatchewan legislation

What happens if I don't register?
If you are required to register and you don't, you could be fined and charged the total compensation costs of an injury should one of your workers be injured, plus retroactive insurance premiums.

How much does it cost to be registered?
Once you obtain WCB coverage, you will be charged premiums for your workplace disability insurance coverage. Premiums are directly related to the industry you're engaged in and the amount of your payroll.

Do I need to register if I'm a worker?
No. In fact workers cannot register with WCB or waive their rights to compensation. A worker is anyone employed full-time, part-time or casually, and who is paid a wage, salary or commission by the job, or on a piecework basis. This includes administration, management and clerical staff as well as labourers.

Do I need to register if I'm hiring contractors or subcontractors?
Contract situations involve:

  • Principal – the owner of the project, or the person or business that hires someone to do the work;
  • Contractor or subcontractor – the person or firm doing the work, or the person or business that gets the contract.

Anyone under contract to a principal is either a worker or an employer. Anyone who isn’t registered as an employer with the WCB is considered a worker, and the principal must report the cost of the whole contract less deductions for non-labour items.

Remember, even if you hire subcontractors who carry their own insurance, you should ask for their WCB account number. You can verify that they're registered with WCB by contacting WCB Employer Accounts department.

Do I need to register if my business is only in Saskatchewan temporarily?
The requirement for registration is not only based on the number of times a business enters
Saskatchewan. As per the Out of Province Policy (POL 07/2002). This is the criteria for registration:

Registration required:

  • If your business comes (or intends to come) into Saskatchewan for a total of 5 or more consecutive days each year
  • If your business comes (or intends to come) into Saskatchewan for a total of three or more visits within a year
  • If your company operates outside Saskatchewan and establishes a place of business in Saskatchewan or employs Saskatchewan residents

What if I'm a shareholder in an incorporated company?
If you are a director and receiving a regular salary, you are required to register. If you are not a director, but actively work in the business and receive regular salary, you are considered to be a worker under the Workers Compensation Act and are covered under your company's WCB account.

What if I'm working outside of Saskatchewan?
If you have operations outside of Saskatchewan, and are registered with WCB (the Workers' Compensation Board of Saskatchewan), it doesn't remove your responsibility to comply with the workers' compensation laws in other provinces, in the territories, or in other countries. Check with the jurisdiction you'll be working in to determine your requirements.

Can I apply for optional coverage?
As an employer (including proprietor or spouse, partner or spouse, or director of a limited company not on a regular salary), you aren’t personally covered if you’re injured at work. However, you can protect yourself by purchasing optional personal coverage.

Sole Proprietorship or Partnership
As a sole proprietor or partner, you and your spouse can apply for optional personal coverage. All other workers are automatically covered, regardless of age, including other family members who are employed by and receive wages from the firm.

Limited company
Optional coverage is available to any director that is not paid a regular predetermined salary. A director that is on the payroll of a limited company and paid a regular predetermined salary is automatically covered as a worker.

Who is exempt from registering with WCB?

Excluded industries and occupations (this may change at any time):

  • artists, entertainers and performers;
  • circus operations, travelling shows and tradeshows;
  • clergy;
  • commercial fishing;
  • subject to section 17 of The Worker’s Compensation General Regulations, 1985, employment of persons by the owner of a residence for the purposes of: (i) construction of that residence; (ii) making alterations or improvements to that residence; or (iii) performing domestic functions in that residence;
  • consulates and foreign embassies;
  • dairy farming;
  • demonstrating and exhibiting;
  • feedlot or livestock yard operations that are not in connection with an industry within the scope of the Act;
  • flying operations that have no place of business in Saskatchewan and that are not licensed by the Canadian Transport Commission;
  • fur farms;
  • grazing co-operatives;
  • Indian bands or band endeavours on reserves;
  • land clearing, brush cutting or stumping that is not in connection with an industry within the scope of the Act;
  • livestock brokers;
  • mobile farm feed service or portable seed-cleaning plants;
  • door-to-door carriers delivering newspapers, flyers or other publications;
  • peddling or door-to-door sales;
  • piggery farms;
  • poultry farms;
  • salespersons who sell goods for more than one manufacturer or supplier;
  • salespersons whose employers do not have a place of business in Saskatchewan;
  • selling or similar canvassing on streets;
  • show judges;
  • sports professionals, sports instructors, players and coaches;
  • trapping;
  • trucking firms based in the United States of America that employ only American citizens;
  • voluntary workers, except those in mine rescue work and members of the Emergency Measures Organization or a municipal fire brigade;
  • the cutting, hauling and sawing of wood for fuel that is not in connection with an industry within the scope of the Act;
  • industries that have no place of business in Saskatchewan (unless those industries employ workers who are resident in Saskatchewan) that provide: (A) on-site warranty service, start-up supervision, training or service incidental to a sale or lease arrangement; or (B) consulting or similar services;

If I'm not eligible to register, who pays for my coverage?
If your registration is denied because you're a worker, it means your employer is responsible for your coverage.

Submit your WCB registration online.

   

 

 

 

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