COVID-19 in the Workplace: What are Employers’ reporting Obligations?

COVID-19 Support - January 12, 21 - Bri Newman

As COVID-19 cases across Canada continue to grow, provinces continue to enact various public health orders to curb the spread. We’ve prepared a quick summary by province outlining Employers reporting requirements when a worker tests positive.  

British Columbia  

No employer reporting requirements  


OHS Reporting 

Incidents that require reporting to OHS include where: 

  • A worker is confirmed to have COVID-19 and the employer has reason to believe that the exposure occurred at work; 
  • A worker is exposed to a confirm or suspected case of COVID-19 and the work site did not follow the rules, procedures and guidance related to COVID-19 protection, or the COVID-19 controls in place have failed; or  
  • Any work site with a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak  

WCB Alberta Reporting  

When a worker contracts COVID-19 as a direct result of the duties of their employment, they are entitled to compensation if the following conditions are met: 

  • The nature of employment involves sufficient exposure to the source of infection, AND 
  • The nature of employment creates a greater risk of exposure for the worker 


No reporting requirements by the employer. If the workplace is identified in a Public Health Investigation the positive employee will be required to report this to the employer. Public Health will be in contact with the employer to discuss the dates and times involved and determine next steps.  


WCB Manitoba Reporting  

Work-related injuries and illnesses, including in some cases COVID-19, have always been and continue to be covered by the WCB and determined on a case-by-case basis. Employers  

No reporting to public health required, however if the public health investigation determined that COVID-19 was transmitted in the workplace, the Workplace Safety Health Branch may become involved.   



If the employee tests positive for COVID-19 and tells you that they believe they contracted COVID-19 in the workplace, you are required to report the illness to the WSIB, even if you feel that the employee did not contract it at work. 

Ministry of Labour (MOL) 

If an employer is advised that a worker has an occupational illness due to an exposure at the workplace or that a claim has been filed with WSIB, the employer must notify the MOL in writing within four days. 

The following local public health units require that report COVID-19 cases directly based on specific thresholds: 

Toronto Public Health  

Immediately notify TPH as soon as the employer becomes aware of two or more people who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day interval in connection with your workplace premises.  

More details can be found here 

Halton Region 

Immediately notify Halton Region Public Health if there are two or more positive cases in your workplace by calling 311  

More details can be found here 

Peel Public Health  

Immediately notify Peel Public Health if 2 or more employees are positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.  

More details can be found here 


No employer reporting requirements   

New Brunswick  

No employer reporting requirements   


No employer reporting requirements  

Newfoundland & Labrador  

No employer reporting requirements  

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The pandemic and the associated public health orders continue to change, this information is up to date as of January 11th, 2021. Continue to check your local Public Health Unit for additional information and changes.  

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