Did you get COVID-19 in the workplace?

Employees who got infected may be entitled to benefits

Did you get COVID-19 in the workplace?
As of March 31, WSIB has allowed 22,587 COVID-19 claims.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario is reaching out to workers who believe they got COVID-19 infection in their workplace.

“If you believe you got COVID-19 in the workplace, you may be entitled to WSIB benefits,” it said.

WSIB’s targeted COVID-19 campaign started on May 3 and will run until May 14, 2021.

The campaign includes print ads in select publications and radio spots in targeted geographical areas. Ads are running in English as well as Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.

WSIB Ontario is also focusing on specific areas where people may work in factories, manufacturing facilities and agriculture including Brampton, Etobicoke, Scarborough and southwestern Ontario.

Workers interested in learning more about the campaign or in filing a claim can visit wsib.ca or call 1-800-387-0750 Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Candian Occupational Safety previously listed a reminder of what employers can do to keep their employees safe at work amid the pandemic.

WSIB’s website also includes current COVID-19 statistics and FAQs about COVID-19 claims and coverage.


As of March 31, WSIB has allowed 22,587 COVID-19 claims. Meanwhile, 2,041 claims have not been allowed and 404 claims are pending. WSIB has also received 7,108 exposure incident reports.

As of April 30, most of the claims allowed are from employees in nursing and residential care facilities (7,828). Workers in hospitals (2,937), Schedule 2 employers (2,597), agriculture (2,252) and food textile and related manufacturing (1,365) workplaces have also had significant numbers of allowed COVID-19 claims.

Migrant farm workers who come to Ontario from other countries are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and other diseases. This is due to their communal living and working conditions, according to a report.

Last month, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) called on the Ontario government to prioritize the vaccination of essential workers so that the sector can continue to keep workplaces open and safe for workers.