Work-related injury or illness

The Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) is a disability insurance organization that protects both staff members and employers against the financial impact of work-related injuries.

Workers’ Compensation Board COVID-19 information:

What to do if you have a work-related injury
  • Seek first aid or medical attention immediately if it’s required.
  • Have your physician submit a Physician’s First Report and send it to WCB within 48 hours of your visit. Request of copy of the form.
  • Report your injury to your manager and have them complete (within 72 hours of your injury):
    • a WCB employers report online and send a copy to Human Resource Services at
    • OR have them fill out the PDF form and fax a copy to both WCB (780-427-5863) and Human Resource Services (780-492-0798) within 72 hours of your injury
  • Complete a worker report online and send a copy to Human Resource Services at, OR fill out the PDF form and fax a copy to both WCB (780-427-5863) and Human Resource Services (780-492-0798) within 72 hours of your injury.
  • Work with your supervisor to complete and submit a University of Alberta Incident Report.
  • A University of Alberta return to work consultant will contact you to assist you in your recovery and return to work if required. The consultant will work with you to make a plan for returning to work based on your temporary medical restrictions or limitations, and the worksite’s operational needs. They’ll also collaborate with you and WCB to evaluate and adjust the plan to your recovery as required.
  • Actively participate in your recovery by collaborating with your health providers, including attending appointments and following their treatment recommendations.
  • Maintain regular communication with your manager, return to work consultant and WCB case manager.
  • Return to work and participate in modified duties as directed by WCB.
Injuries that may be covered by WCB

In addition to broken bones, severe cuts or burns, you should also report:

  • Injuries caused by repeated activities, such as strains or sprains due to performing the same activity for a prolonged period of time. For example, a laboratory technician may develop tendonitis as a result of repetitive job duties.
  • Occupational diseases that are caused by a condition at the worksite. For example, a nurse who contracts HIV from a needle, or a building contractor who develops asbestosis after repeated exposure to asbestos.
  • Re-injury or an old injury aggravated while performing your job duties. For example, a back injury could be worsened by bending, lifting or twisting.
  • Psychological injuries resulting in diagnosed severe trauma and PTSD.
  • Injuries that occur when working remotely (e.g., working from home during pandemic).
Injuries that may not be covered by WCB
  • Pre-existing or unrelated health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, old sports injuries or spinal scoliosis. For more information please review this WCB policy on aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
  • Travelling to and from work. If you are involved in an accident while on your regular commute to and from the university, you are not covered by WCB. However, some exceptions can apply. For more information please review the WCB Worker Handbook.
WBC may cover:
  • Hospital/other health-care costs
  • Medication
  • Artificial limbs
  • Glasses
  • Dental treatment or dentures
  • Braces, crutches, canes
  • Hearing aids
  • Clothing
  • Orthotic alteration of footwear
  • Travel