Who is covered, who is not?

Early conversations about the future of workers’ compensation coverage in Nova Scotia

In this section

Where from here

Why the conversations matter

Who is covered, who is not

What coverage costs

What coverage offers Nova Scotians

When someone is hurt at work

Where to learn more

The Workers’ Compensation Act and its regulations outline who is required and who is not required to have WCB coverage in Nova Scotia. 

The list of industries required to have coverage dates back to the early 1900s and because of this, has resulted in 25% of workers being excluded from accessing WCB coverage. 

Additionally, even if a workplace is required to have WCB coverage, those with fewer than three workers are excluded. 

Still, any employer at any time can opt in to WCB coverage through what’s called voluntary coverage.

Explore this section of our site to learn more about mandatory industries and different types of coverage.