Foreign Workers

Foreign workers are all workers in British Columbia who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of Canada.


Workplace health and safety

By law, employers must ensure the health and safety of their workers.

If you are concerned about the safety of your workplace or your employer asks you to do something that seems dangerous, you should immediately report your concerns to your supervisor or other person in authority with your employer. You have the right to refuse unsafe work and to be informed of dangers at your workplace. If your concerns are not addressed properly, you have the right to report your concerns to WorkSafeBC.

Foreign Workers Factsheet

Translations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Punjabi and Spanish


Compensation

If you are injured at work or develop a work related disease than you must advise your employer of your accident or illness right away.

You have the right to medical care. You are covered even if your employer is not registered or does not pay premiums.

If your injury or illness causes you to miss time from work or if it persists, you should make a claim for compensation from WorkSafeBC. If your claim is accepted you can receive wage loss, medical, and other benefits.

Foreign Workers Factsheet

Translations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Punjabi and Spanish


How to make a claim

Interpreters are available upon request.

Foreign Workers Factsheet

Translations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Punjabi and Spanish


Can I lose my job by filing a claim?

No, the law prohibits employers from:

  • Discouraging workers from filing claims
  • Retaliating against workers who do file claims

Foreign Workers Factsheet

Translations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Punjabi and Spanish


What if I have to leave Canada before a decision is made in my claim, review or appeal?

If you are still waiting for a decision when you leave Canada your matter will continue to proceed through the decision making process after you leave. The decision maker may need further information or documents from you, so it is important for you to give your most current contact information to WorkSafeBC, the Review Division, and the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) whenever your address changes.

Foreign Workers Factsheet

Translations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Punjabi and Spanish


Appealing decisions made by WorkSafeBC

If you disagree with WorkSafeBC's decision you have the right to request a review. You must request a review within 90 days. If you disagree with the Review Division decision, you have 30 days to file an appeal to the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT).

Reviews of WorkSafeBC Decisions Factsheet

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Appeals to the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) Factsheet

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