Supporting workers and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic

As our province responds to these unprecedented times, we understand that many workers and employers have questions about COVID-19, from the perspective of workers’ compensation. WCB Nova Scotia is committed to ensuring fairness and consistency in the adjudication of claims. 

Many workers and their employers are providing valued and essential services across the province, and have questions about what happens should someone become exposed to COVID-19 in the course of their work.

The rules regarding infectious diseases, as it relates to workers’ compensation, are well established. As set out in the Workers’ Compensation Act, benefits or services are available for work-related injury or illness, including a worker who contracted an infectious disease (such as COVID-19) during the course of their employment.

As with any claim, we will adjudicate those related to COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.

To determine if a claim for COVID-19, or any infectious disease, claim is compensable, WCB follows a thorough process of gathering, analyzing, and weighing evidence on which to make a decision. Every claim is looked at closely based on its own details.

The Act does not provide coverage for workers who cannot work due to quarantine or self-isolation, or workers who were sent home on a precautionary basis.