Frequently Asked Questions
All employees (including contract) of the University of Calgary are covered under the no-fault WCB legislation.
Students who are injured on campus are covered through the Alberta Government, and should report all lost time injuries to the Student Union Wellness Centre and to the WCB.
If you have had an injury or illness that you believe to be work related, it should always be reported to your supervisor or department/Faculty administrator as well as to the WCB. This would be defined as any injury that occurs during work hours or as a result of a work requirement.
Any work-related injury or illness that results in:
- lost time – or probable lost time - beyond the day of accident
- the need for medical treatment beyond first aid (i.e. assessment by physician, physiotherapist, chiropractor)
- a temporary or permanent change in your ability to perform the regular duties of your job
- incurring medical aid expenses (i.e. dental treatment, eyeglass repair/replacement, prescription medications)
There are some conditions or situations where an injury will not be considered work related. Examples of injuries that would not be covered by WCB include:
- Pre-existing or unrelated health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, old sports injuries etc. However, if you have a pre-existing condition and a work-related injury worsens your condition you may be eligible for benefits while you recover. Contact Staff Wellness for further information
- Traveling to and from work - If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while traveling on your regular commute to and from the University, you are not covered by WCB. However, some exceptions can apply. Contact Staff Wellness for further information
Yes - Alberta WCB coverage applies to university employees who continue to perform work for the university outside of the province (generally for up to one year of continuous employment).
For any student injuries that occur during their course of study, faculties are responsible for reporting directly to WCB. Coverage is provided through the Alberta Government - WCB Student Fact Sheet.Within 24 Hours of Incident
- Students must report accident or incident to their supervisor, instructor or university representative and seek medical attention promptly
- Student completes the WCB Student - Employee Form and faxes to WCB at 1.800.661.1993
- Student or university representative to complete OARS Report
- Faculty/Department of the student reporting the incident completes and faxes the WCB Student - Employer Report to WCB at at 1.800.661.1993
- Faculty/Department of the student reporting the incident retains the original WCB Employer record
- Ambulance costs for students who suffer an accident and who are in need of medical aid to a hospital are covered by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. Invoices should be sent for payment to Melanie White, Office Manager, Training & Development Coordinator, 7th floor, Phipps - McKinnon Building, 10020 - 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3G2.
If you are hiring a contractor or a subcontractor, you are responsible for obtaining a WBC clearance certificate before work commences and before any payment is made. The letter advises you if a contractor or subcontractor has a valid WCB-Alberta account and if that account is in good standing. The certificate clears University of Calgary of workplace accident liability for them.To Obtain a WCB Clearance Letter
- Visit the WCB-Alberta Direct Employer Clearance Certificates page.
- Add a subcontractor to the list by searching by company name and hitting add. This will bring up a new window.
- In the new window, check the box beside the company’s name and hit the ‘Add Accounts and Review Lists’ button. Close that window.
- Back in the ‘Subcontractor List’ tab, check the box beside the company’s name.
- Write down or copy the company’s account number.
- Click on the ‘Submit Clearance Request’ tab at the top of the page.
- Paste or type the company’s account number in the top left.
- Make sure that the principle destination box and the corresponding email box are checked.
- Type in your email address under the principle destination.
- You can view the clearance letter and then hit send to get it sent directly to your email.