The WSCC is committed to reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19 and is working hard to support our northern employers, workers, medical providers and partners in safety as we continue to face this challenging time together.
Like many employers, we have had to make changes to safeguard our staff, visitors, and residents across the North. We have closed our offices in Yellowknife, Inuvik, and Iqaluit and moved the majority of our employees to work from home.
I want to assure all employers and workers that we are still very much open for business. We are continuing to adjudicate and manage new and existing claims. We are continuing to respond to workplace incidents and injuries. We are continuing to provide services to employers.
We are grateful for all those workers who are ensuring the continued movement of goods and delivery of essential services for our communities; from healthcare workers, tradespeople, transport drivers, pilots, cleaners, grocery store clerks, municipal services, traditional harvesters, and all others. We are working closely with local health authorities to help employers to do everything they can to keep them safe.
This week, we announced relief measures for businesses that are struggling to make their assessment payments as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Effective April 1, 2020, the WSCC has suspended late payment interest charges and further extended the assessment payment deadline to August 1, 2020. The purpose of these changes is to give extra time to adjust payroll estimates for 2020 and to make payments later in the year without facing any penalties.
We are urging all employers who do not require an extended deadline to continue with their planned payment schedule. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and to make decisions that balance the needs of employers during this unprecedented situation with our obligation to sustain the Workers' Protection Fund for the future.
Please read the information below for answers to some of the frequently asked questions our staff are receiving about payments, assistance with risk assessments, payroll revisions, and WSCC service information that may impact your organization or workers.
Providing care to injured workers and working with employers to protect the health and safety of all northern workplaces remain our biggest priorities.
ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ | Thank you | Quana | Merci | Mahsi Cho
Debbie Molloy, President and Chief Executive Officer
Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission.