WCB Death Benefit


When a worker dies at work, or is found dead in the workplace, in an area where the worker had a right to be in the course of his or her employment, it is presumed that the death was work-related unless it is proved otherwise. The deceased worker’s family may be entitled to burial expenses and benefits for a limited time:

  • Burial Expenses: a lump sum payment to the worker’s estate to help pay funeral expenses. 
  • Spousal Benefits: wage-loss benefits, vocational benefits, retirement benefits and benefits for dependent children.
  • A deceased worker’s spouse may be entitled to the same employment services available to an injured worker. This includes:
  • Vocational counselling, and 
  • Career assessment and planning, including tuition, books, fees and other expenses while in an approved training program.

For more information on benefits, see the Information for Workers Brochure.

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