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About the COVID-19 reliefs available to Yukon businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing unanticipated financial pressures on businesses around the world. This includes businesses in Yukon. To do our part in supporting employers through this difficult time, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board is offering the following reliefs to businesses experiencing serious adverse financial impacts that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those businesses who are facing significant impacts need to contact the board to discuss options as soon as possible. Businesses who are not facing significant impacts will follow all normal procedures regarding payment of assessment premiums.

Revise payroll estimates

At the beginning of the year, all businesses provided estimates of their total payroll and pay assessment premiums based on those estimates. Assessment premiums contribute to Yukon’s workers’ compensation system and ensure there are sufficient funds available to care for workers who are injured or become ill in Yukon workplaces.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a significant impact on those estimates for some businesses, and they may find themselves with a reduced workforce and lower payroll. We encourage those businesses experiencing significant financial impacts from COVID-19 to revise their original payroll estimates. By revising their initial estimates based on these changes, employers may be eligible for lower payments, changing payment schedules or even in some cases a refund.

For more information, call us at 867-667-5645 or 1-800-661-0443, or email WCHSB-assessments@gov.yk.ca.

Refunds

For those businesses who have a significant change in estimate due directly to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as: having projects cancelled, having bookings cancelled, or a significant decrease in staff, partial or total refunds for 2020 assessment premiums may be considered.

For more information, call us at 867-667-5645 or 1-800-661-0443, or email WCHSB-assessments@gov.yk.ca.

Deferred Payments

Rather than make a lump sum payment of their assessment premium at the beginning of the year, some businesses receive/chose a payment schedule to spread payments out over the course of the year.

We may defer payments to a date that is appropriate for your business situation.

We encourage those businesses experiencing significant adverse financial impacts from COVID-19 to contact us. This may help them deal with the financial challenges faced under the current economic climate. There will be no interest penalty for changing the payment schedule.

For more information, call us at 867-667-5645 or 1-800-661-0443, or email WCHSB-assessments@gov.yk.ca.

Follow the instructions below to revise payroll estimates.

  1. Visit our website at wcb.yk.ca/es.
  2. Enter your email address in the From field.
  3. Enter your employer name in the Subject field.
  4. Copy and paste the text below into the Message field:
    • Customer Number: [customer number]
    • New Payroll Estimate: _____________________
  5. Enter your new payroll estimate in the New Payroll Estimate line. Do not include credit card information. No payment is due now. We will send you an invoice with the revised payment amount.
  6. Click the Send button.

The employer will receive a confirmation email to advise them that we received the submission.

An employer can also submit a payroll revision by fax or mail using the information below.

Fax:       867- 393-6279
Mail:     Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
401 Strickland Street
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 5N8

For more information, call us at 867-667-5645 or 1-800-661-0443, or email WCHSB-assessments@gov.yk.ca.